Hanoi nightlife - Things to do in Hanoi after the Sun goes down

Hanoi nightlife is a unique experience that you should try once you are visting this capital city of Vietnam. After the sunset, Hanoi is covered with full of lights, when the city becomes even livelier with the crowded narrow streets of the Old Quarter, people gathering around the tables at street coffee or food vendors, chatting with friends or cheering up with a glass of Bia hoi in Ta Hien beer junction… So, get ready to explore the endless exciting nightlife in lovely Hanoi!

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1. Hanoi Old Quarter Night market

The Night Market represents the cultural life and activities of Hanoi in the past. The Old Quarter Night Market is 1 km along from Hang Dao to Dong Xuan market. Like Ho Guom walking street, that place is open from 19-23h 3 days weekend. More than 2,000 stalls at the night market offer a wide variety of attractive accessories, clothing, souvenirs, crafts and cuisine.

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Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, Hanoi

2. Evening cultural shows

The great thing to experience the classic and different taste of Hanoi nightlife is to enjoy the cultural shows. Some famous shows that can be named for your consideration are Water Puppet Show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre which brings you on a journey of ancient village life, agricultural harvests and dances of mythical creatures.

Hanoi Water Puppet Show

If you're looking for classic tastes, an evening enjoying the traditional Vietnamese art of Water Puppetry is the right choice! This classical art form dates back to times when paddy fields were flooded and the villagers made entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water and used the puppets to perform. The shows perform Vietnamese folklore and legends on the music background from the orchestra that plays traditional music using wooden bells, drums, horns, and bamboo flutes as well as cymbals. Hanoi's Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is famous throughout the world. Escaping a night party and attending a show is definitely worth it.

Some famous performances that you should enjoy are Lang Toi (My Village) Show, a story of the locals’ daily activities depicted through aerobating and dancing; Ionah Show – one of the most creative forms of art which offers a stunning display of dance, circus, music, visual, 3D mapping and lighting effects, depicting the journey of a young girl and her lover,…

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Water Puppet Artisans, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hanoi

3. Ta Hien “Bia hoi” street

As the most exciting street in Hanoi at night, Ta Hien has many names like Western Quarter, International Crossroads, Beer Street, Sleepless Street ... Not only beer, there is also lemon tea, iced tea, coffee ... sold in Ta Hien. In the bustling atmosphere there, each group enjoys chatting, drinking “bia hoi”, laughing happily together, with the bustling noise and singing voice.

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"1,2,3... Zzô!" Cheers for the beer - Vietnam Bia Hoi

4. Quang An Flower Market

Over the midnight, after exploring Hanoi streets, you can drive through Quang An flower market. Located on Au Co Street, Tay Ho District, only about 10 minutes from the Quarter, this flower market at that time is crowded with people and cars.

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Quang An Flower Market, Hanoi in the morning

5. Food tour in Hanoi Old Quarter

A guide to the best time to go on a food tour in Hanoi Old Quarter is in the evening, and it is surely one of the amazing things to complete your trip to Hanoi. Besides some delicious Hanoi street food with super cheap prices waiting for you to explore such as Bun cha Obama, Pho, Egg coffee…, you can observe the local daily life and discover the hidden corners of the Old Quarter.

Food tour around Hanoi the Old Quarter

Having "Kem Dua" (Coconut Ice-cream) at Hanoi night market

Hanoi culinary street

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Banh Cuon Hanoi, Hanoi Rolled Rice Paper

Tong Duy Tan Street, prised as the "night-eating paradise of Hanoi", is truly a paradise for street food hunters. You can fill your hungry stomach with a variety of delicious delicacies.

6. Cooking class with market tour

If you are interested in cooking and you want to learn the recipe of some Vietnamese specialties, you can sign up for a cooking class in Hanoi which is the great chance to meet the locals, shopping at Hanoi market, taste Vietnam’s unique flavors and immerse yourself in the traditional culture. After learning to make Vietnamese dishes with friendly chefs, you can enjoy your effort and have memorable happy time with the class.

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Making spring rolls at Hanoi night cooking class

7. Have a massage course

After a full day for city sightseeing and exploring, why don’t you relax yourself at one of the most popular spas in Hanoi to refresh and get more energy for the coming destinations? There are various types of treatments that you can choose from the menu including the hand massage; Asian blend massage which is a great combination of Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese massage; Orient aroma massage with scented oil; hot stone massage…


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