4 Places to Visit in Hanoi During Autumn

Top things to do in Hanoi in Autumn?

Hoan Kiem Lake – The heart of Hanoi

Places to Visit in Hanoi During Autumn

(Hanoi, Vietnam) The whole of Asia is welcoming Ms. Autumn when her romance is covering every corner of alleys, streets, and citizens’ souls, saying “Hello” to the most exciting season of the year. And Vietnam, Hanoi in particular, also has no exception!

Mentioning Hanoi during Autumn, people recall deep memories of dreamy scenes, gentle breeze cooling girls’ faces walking in the soft sunlight, or just the feelings of taking a refreshing breath in the open air, etc. For a long time, Hanoi has been attractive wanderlusts for its “specialty” autumn, and many Hanoi lovers have been dropping their hearts just because they live in autumn here. What makes the capital a magnet? Let’s find places you can visit in this great season with me.

1. Hanoi Old Quarter

The Old Quarter includes 36 streets which from the old days were the places for the hustle and bustle trading. Locals at each street sell a particular type of goods that is also the way the name of streets are created, such as Hang Duong (famous for all kinds of sugar and sweets), Hang Bac (silver good), Hang Hom, Hang Gai, so on. The noisy and rush Hanoi seems to be ceased when you get a minute discovering old values maintained until today, from the old tiled roofs of French architecture to the specialties on the stands of street vendors.

Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Old Quarter – Hanoi During Autumn

The best way to really experience these streets is to do a walking tour, as you can stop whenever you wish to catch the sudden moment you like or communicate with the locals.

2. 87 Ma May Ancient House

Just a 10-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, you can reach this well-known house built in the late 19th century, charming visitors with its antiquity, simplicity, and elegance. The house consists of two main blocks connected together by a square yard in the middle on the ground floor and a small balcony on the 1st floor. The trading room at the front is quite large, while the inside has a small skylight, making the house well-ventilated.

87 Ma May Ancient House
87 Ma May Ancient House

More details for visitors if you are interested:
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00
Entrance fee: 10,000 – 20,000 VND

3. Lakes

Do you know what Hanoi means? – “Inside the River” Being surrounded by Red River, it is easily understood that Hanoi naturally comprises numerous lake systems, including Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Truc Bach Lake, etc., combined with lots of green parks and trees around the city.

Romantic West Lake
Romantic West Lake

Normally, these lakes are places for citizens to hang out, but when autumn comes, the number is clearly increasing thanks to the clean atmosphere and romantic landscapes nearby.

Hanoi During Autumn
Hoan Kiem Lake – The heart of Hanoi – Hanoi During Autumn

4. Coffee shops

Welcome to paradise for coffee fans. Still, remember one Sunday morning when I was having a cup of coffee with my friends near Old Quarter then finally found out why people love Hanoi – feeling of love. Hanoi owns a wide range of coffee shops, but here are the ones I would like to go one more chance.

Café 13 Dinh Tien Hoang – Café ba Bich

Situated on the 2nd floor of an ancient house. You’ll pass the bag shop on the 1st floor, go upstairs, and here you are! Many young boys and girls are immersing themselves in music and tons of coffee types. Just try black café; it is highly recommended! The great thing about Dinh is that you can admire the whole Hoan Kiem Lake from above, so don’t miss it!!

Giang Café

Located in a small lane on Nguyen Huu Huan Str. Around the center lake, it might be difficult for visitors to find out, but worth it. Café was founded by Mr. Nguyen Giang in 1946 when he was working as a bartender for the famous five-star Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel. Egg café here is so unique that people usually call for it when they come here. So I did, and you know what, fantastic!!! The smell and the drink are both brilliant.

Image from Café Giang Facebook page
Image from Café Giang Facebook page

Tips: If you are going to Vietnam, make sure that you have all the required documents to enter the country, of which a Vietnam visa is the most important one. If you are Filipino or a citizen of a Southeast Asian country, you are not required to apply for a visa.

At the moment, Vietnam is issuing a Vietnam visa on arrival that allows visitors to apply online, receive approval letters online, and then get a visa stamped on their passport at arrival airports. So let’s free all the hassle procedures and enjoy your trip to Vietnam at once!

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