6 Not to Be Missed Experiences in Winter in Hanoi

Winter in Hanoi is the right time to sip a hot cup of coffee with friends, meet at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon) to welcome Christmas or taste the noshes characteristics of the cold days…

  1. Visiting the St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon) in Christmas Eve

St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon) is one of the works built in the French colonial period and is more than 120 years old. On the night of Christmas, the ancient church is decorated beautifully and more splendid with colorful lights and scenes illustrated  the born of Jesus God. Sitting and sipping a cup of lemon tea with friends, watching the structures bearing the vestige of the time and together taking part in the countdown to the moment of Christmas… are the exciting experiences in winter of Hanoi that you should not miss.

St. Joseph's Cathedral is sparkling on Christmas Eve - Hanoi Winter

St. Joseph’s Cathedral is sparkling on Christmas Eve – Hanoi Winter

 

  1. Cycling around West Lake

If you are interested in moving and sport, you should spend a late afternoon riding bike around West Lake. You will be surprised at the air on West Lake in winter with silver mist and sunset light flashing over the tranquil lake. Visitors can walk the ”Korean road ” (along the West Lake) or come to a lakeside restaurant to taste boiled snails, barbeque with friends. The tranquility of Westlake will help visitors temporarily forget the chaos of the city.

The romantic scenery on West Lake in sunset - Hanoi Winter

The romantic scenery on West Lake in sunset

  1. Wandering Trang Tien street

With the houses marked the architecture of France together with many galleries, restaurants in European style, Trang Tien Street is an ideal walking street for visitors to feel the romantic and vibrant atmosphere of Hanoi in winter. Walking till the end of the street, you will catch in sight the image of Hanoi Opera house which brings the shadow of a theater in Paris. Enjoying a cup of coffee, visiting the gallery or going through the book town nearby will give you the relaxation.

Trang Tien street in winter

Trang Tien street in winter

  1. Walking along Long Bien bridge

The over 100 year old Long Bien bridge is very bustling every night with people leisurely strolling and is temporarily away from colorful light of the city. Sound of life resounds with a train hooter, the sound of bicycle wheel of the traders from everywhere coming home after a hard working day. You can stop and sit at a stall of grilled corn, sweet potatoes or hot tea right in the bridge to temporarily forget the cold of Hanoi winter.

Grilled corn and sweet potato sold in Long Bien bridge - Hanoi in Winter

Grilled corn and sweet potato sold in Long Bien bridge

  1. Walking along the streets in Old Quarter

The few hundred year old Old Quarter with the features of Kinh Ky land is the place of many shops, entertainment attractions, restaurants  for young people and domestic as well as abroad tourists. If you do not think of where to go and what to eat in Hanoi, the Old Quarter will be a suitable place for your choice. Walking in the Old Quarter in a weekend night, enjoying traditional and modern music performances, and tasting the food characteristic of the winter as quẩy (youtiao) porridge, hot snails, donuts, snail vermicelli, Phở (noodles), rolled noodle, Thanh Tri rice noodle roll, Ho Tay shrimp cakes, traditional teas … will surely leave an interesting impression on you.

A restaurant in traditional style in the Old Quarter - Hanoi in Winter

A restaurant in traditional style in the Old Quarter

  1. Drinking coffee

You can drink coffee all year around, but the coffee of  dozens of years old in Hanoi become warmer and more crowded in the winter. Sipping a cup of hot coffee, sitting huddled in the small tables and chairs to hear the old songs will make you have a very typical feeling that can not be found elsewhere.

Hanoi in Winter - the coffee of  dozens of years old in Hanoi become warmer

The coffee of dozens of years old in Hanoi become warmer

6 Not to Be Missed Experiences in Winter in Hanoi

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