Explore Hanoi by night

The capital city lights up in glorious colors as lanterns glow around Hoan Kiem Lake. Motorbikes cease their endless buzzing as drivers start to park before going to restaurants or stroll the busy streets.

The Huc Bridge sparkling at night - Hanoi city tour

The Huc Bridge lights up at night

Of course, the lake is the central attraction. Yong lovers walk hand-in-hand or sit on curbs to watch the lights glow across the water. People sip specialty coffee at Hapro’s and talk to family and friends. Children line up for ice cream and try to eat the bars before they drip down their chins. Mothers and fathers wipe their faces clean with wet cloths.

Across the street, tourists enjoy their own ice cream specialties at Fanny’s as waitresses serve brightly decorated treats neatly arranged in colorful patterns. Cinnamon sticks, cookie chunks, and umbrellas protrude from the cool delicacies. No one makes better ice cream than the Vietnamese.

Trang Tien ice cream Hanoi by night city tour

Enjoying Trang Tien Ice Cream is must-try in Hanoi

Particularly, the night market is open from Friday evening. Children laugh and play and follow around the women selling balloons. All kinds of goods are sold here: watches, clothes, wallets and purses, lighters, trinkets for the hair, games and radios and CD players. Hang Dao Street is closed from the lake all the way to Dong Xuan Market. The bright lights glow down the street as if stars have fallen from the sky upon the city. People crowd the street like a tide washing from side to side.

The sparkling Dong Xuan Market at night - Hanoi city day tour 18

The sparkling Dong Xuan Market at night

At the City View Café, above the lake, guests enjoy specialty dinners. Many sit on the large balcony drinking beer and coffee as they watch the people on the streets.

(Source Hanoitimes)