• What to Do in Hanoi When It Rains

    Le CongApril 14, 2023

    It can be tough to predict the weather in Hanoi, so it’s always good to have a flexible schedule that can adapt to any changes. If the weather is lovely, it’s a great opportunity to explore the area to your heart’s content. But if it’s raining outside, it can be nice to spend some time at museums or indoor cafes.

    Hanoi Weather forecast on April 23rd, 2023

    By the way, since it looks like it will be raining in Hanoi until the end of this week (April 13, 2023), I thought I’d share some recommendations from a local team called OneTrip with local that you might love:

    Spend time at the Hoa Lo Prison Museum

    Hoa Lo Prison is a well-known museum in Hanoi that housed Vietnamese revolutionaries and American prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. It’s an excellent place to learn about the country’s history and the conditions in which the prisoners lived. You can visit the “Hanoi Hilton” room where American POWs (including John McCain) were held, and there are exhibitions on the Vietnamese struggle for independence. It’s definitely worth a visit!

    Hoa Lo Prison

    2. Visit the Loading T Cafe or Dinh Cafe (to try the famous egg coffee)

    Situated in the heart of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Loading T Café is a coffee shop hidden on the second floor of a French-colonial house, which adds to the location’s appeal and authenticity. From the patterned flooring and the vintage furniture to the plant-filled corners that bring freshness into the space, this café is brimming with old-world charm. Loading T’s owners mix their Vietnamese coffee with cinnamon, adding a delicious and unique aftertaste. Next, you must try the exceptional “Ca Phe Sua Chua” – Black coffee with yogurt and condensed milk.
    Address: 8 Chan Cam Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Loading T cafe at 8 Chan Cam street

    Đinh Café Just a two-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, you will find the best coffee in Hanoi, Dinh Coffee. Welcoming visitors since the 1990s, this café is located on the second floor of an old house with French architecture, with a small balcony offering a view of Ngoc Son temple. The coffee shop is famous for its egg coffee and black Vietnamese coffee. Interestingly, the shop owner is one of the Giang coffee owner’s sons. Visiting the shop, you still can see many black and white family photos hanging on the wall. Address: 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

    Egg Coffee at Dinh Cafe

    3. Visit the National Fine Arts Museum

    The Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts is situated in Hanoi, Vietnam. It showcases Vietnam’s fine arts from a range of historical periods, making it the country’s primary art museum (with the smaller Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts is the second). The museum exhibits Vietnam’s fine arts from ancient times to modern times, with much of the 20th-century art concerned with folk narratives of the nation’s defense. The collection draws on themes of martyrdom, patriotism, military strategy, and overcoming enemy incursion. The museum presents a small collection of late 20th and early 21st century paintings, including works by artists exploring abstraction and abstract impressionism, and gives greater attention to the individualist artist.

    Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts

    4. Try some good restaurants, such as Bun Bo Nam Bo (Vegan options are available).

    Bun Bo Nam Bo is a mouth-watering dish made with vermicelli noodles and stir-fried marinated beef. It is commonly known as stir-fried beef noodles and has become popular throughout Vietnam, especially in Hanoi.

    Although Bun Bo Nam Bo translates to “beef noodles of the southern region,” there is no clear origin of the dish. Some believe it originated in southern Vietnam, while others think it originated in Hanoi with a southern-style dry noodle without broth. Regardless of its origin, Bun Bo Nam Bo is a typical Vietnamese noodle dish that was once recommended among the top 10 must-try foods in Vietnam by CNN.

    Bun Bo Nam Bo

    5. Go shopping on Hang Gai Street

    Hang Gai is known as the souvenir street in Hanoi. One of its most distinctive features is the harmonious combination of house design, store architecture, and religious places that create a unique beauty that is both traditional and modern.

    Most houses on Hang Gai are built based on traditional architectural styles. They are short in width, about 2 to 4 meters, but long in length, ranging from 20 to 60 meters. Today, houses and stores have been renovated to suit contemporary life.

    Hang Gai Street

    One more highlight of Hang Gai is that almost every household trades in silk as well as services related to silk. This reflects the specific business activity of each street in the “36 streets” of Hanoi.

    6. Take an easy walking tour starting from the French Quarter.

    Join our Coffee, History, and Architecture of the French Quarter Tour to learn about the best of local history from knowledgeable young locals. We are open to questions and discussion. In just 2.5 hours, you will enjoy a cup of coffee and an ice cream, and take home lots of history.

    Hanoi French Quarter Tour

    We’re so excited for you to embark on your upcoming trip to Hanoi and Vietnam. We hope that you’ll have a fantastic time filled with exciting adventures and unique cultural discoveries. You’ll find that Hanoi has a warm and humid summer climate and cool, dry winters, but we’re confident that you’ll adapt to it quickly. To truly immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, we recommend exploring the city’s numerous historic landmarks, tasting the delicious street food, and engaging with the locals, who are known for being friendly. And of course, don’t forget to capture plenty of photos and create unforgettable memories that you can cherish for years to come!

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