Exploring Hanoi nightlife – 7 must-visit destinations at the French Quarter

Exploring Hanoi nightlife – 7 must-visit destinations at the French Quarter

Hanoi’s French Quarter has long been known for the wide range of its deluxe entertainment spots, especially after dark. Apart from the Old Quarter, Hanoi’s French Quarter represents a part of the city as a more joyful, lavish and fascinating one. 

Located on the Southern part of the famous Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi French Quarter is home to a lot of foreign embassies, government offices and residents with French architecture marks. The place is worth your time with 5-star hotels, restaurants, and high-end shopping venues. Anyway, the best part is after midnight when you can find yourself drowning in the jazzy atmosphere or dancing like it is no tomorrow with the elite crowds at bars and pubs in Hanoi French Quarter. These following attractions are highly recommended for your YOLO spirit!

I. Hanoi Opera House 

Exploring Hanoi nightlife – 7 must-visit destinations at the French Quarter
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Despite the flow of time, Hanoi Opera House is still remarked as a representation of French colonial architecture in Vietnam. Constructed in 1901, Hanoi Opera House stands proudly in the heart of the city with a total area of 2.600m2. This place hosts live opera, dance performances, music concerts, and classical art shows regularly with a maximum of 598 seats. 

If you are interested, the information about shows and tickets is uploaded on the Hanoi Opera House website.

  • Location: 1 Trang Tien Street, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Price: 300,000 – 2,000,000 VND/ ticket

II. Trang Tien Plaza 

Just nearby Hanoi Post Office, Trang Tien Plaza is the most popular and luxurious shopping mall in the downtown of Hanoi. It has 6 floors with a total area of 20,000 m2. The shopping center is iconic for its outstanding appearance and high-end services. Its outlets offer a variety of international brands such as Lacoste, Catie, Louis Vuitton, etc. on the first floor while hosting fancy restaurants on the fifth floor. It only takes you 5 minutes walk to reach here from the Old Quarter. 

  • Location: 24 Hai Ba Trung, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
  • Opening hours: 9:30 – 21:30

III. Sen 60 Ly Thai To Hanoi 

Sen 60 Ly Thai To (or “Sen” for short) provides an extensive buffet-style menu. Close to Hanoi Opera House, the restaurant features a black-and-white decoration, a large buffet area in the center and comfortable seating arrangements. It attracts wealthy locals and foreigners with 150 dishes ranging from Vietnam traditional cuisines to European delicacies, proved by the number of visitors every day. Sen serves both lunch and dinner but the latter is more diverse. Sen is promised to satisfy even the pickiest eater.

  • Location: 60 Ly Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
  • Opening hours: 18:00 – 22:00
  • Price: 230,000 – 420,000 VND/ person

IV. St. Joseph’s Cathedral

Constructed in 1884 as one of the first projects by the French colonist in Indochina, the Cathedral of Hanoi is styled with a European vibe and Gothic architecture. The church is made of granite stone slabs with four-concerned stone pillars and stained glass windows on the inside. The solemnity of the place along with the height of 64.5 meters will overwhelm any visitors.

Exploring Hanoi nightlife – 7 must-visit destinations at the French Quarter
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However, the church is not as it seems when the sun comes down. At night, the surrounding of the Cathedral of Hanoi is bustling with chatter and laughter of the young. They will gather on small plastic chairs on the sidewalk sipping lemon tea with a plate of sunflower seeds nearby while chatting with friends. There are also some mobile fruit or junk food vendors on the street if you want to try. It is an exciting experience when you can watch the flow of people and vehicles around the Cathedral while having your favorite cup of drink at a very cheap price. 

Location: 40 Nha Chung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

V. IP Club

Exploring Hanoi nightlife – 7 must-visit destinations at the French Quarter
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If you are the “you only live once” type of traveler, you might enjoy the biggest local nightspot in Hanoi – IP Club at its fullest. Used to be The Bank Club or The Toilet Club, the place is renamed as IP Club in 2019. The nightclub settles on the sixth floor of a tall building facing Hoan Kiem Lake. You will find it an unforgettable experience while mingling with the crowds on the upbeat and house tunes music. The price of drinks here is relatively cheaper compared to the surrounding nightclubs. 

  • Location: 6th Floor, Capital Building, 41 Hai Ba Trung street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.
  • Opening hours: 20:45 – 00:00

VI. Binh Minh’s Jazz Club

Exploring Hanoi nightlife – 7 must-visit destinations at the French Quarter
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Binh Minh’s Jazz Club located in a cozy spot behind Hanoi Opera House is one of the first nightclubs that came in the list of a real French Quarter nightlife. Different from The Bank club, Binh Minh’s Jazz Club – the oldest of its kind – presents live, dedicated, and high-standard jazz performances from Hanoi’s finest jazz artists. The pub whose capacity is up to 100 people is well-known among the foreigner community in Hanoi. The price of drinks in Binh Minh’s Jazz Club is somewhat more expensive when compared to other bars. Nevertheless, it is reasonable when considering the quality of devoted live entertainment.  

  • Location: 1 Trang Tien Street (right behind Hanoi Opera House), Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
  • Opening hours: 7:00 – 23:30

VII. O’Leary’s Sports Bar Hanoi

Well, if you think bars and pubs in Hanoi French Quarter shared the same motif, you are wrong. O’Leary’s Sports Bar Hanoi is a Sweden-originated bar that just 1.3 kilometers away from the Old Quarter. 

The sports bar consists of 2 stories with a beautiful terrace overlooked the downtown Hanoi. O’Leary’s Bar is furnished with comfy seats and vintage sports painting hung on the walls while being equipped with 50 screens airing up-to-date sports events. The bar serves imported drink and Western food such as pasta, hamburgers, and pizzas. 

Exploring Hanoi nightlife – 7 must-visit destinations at the French Quarter
Source: O’Leary’s Sports Bar Hanoi
  • Location: 38 Ba Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
  • Opening hours: 10:30 – 23:30

Hanoi French Quarter is named as a Paris in glimpse with the remains of French vibe. Here, you are given the best services at high-end restaurants or unsleeping nights partying in our most famous bars and clubs. You have to guide yourself here, or else, contact us for a customized tour to every corner of Hanoi on the website of Luxury Travel Vietnam.

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