After the golden sun sets in the West of Hue, the charming town becomes awaken with lots of fun activities at night. As a traveler who love to go local, you probably want to know what local residents in Hue do at night and experience it yourself. Here is a list of 9 ideas of fun thing to do in Hue at night as a local.
1. Hang out at Nguyen Dinh Chieu Walking Street
Nguyen Dinh Chieu walking street is the name of your start in Hue at night. Located at the foot of Truong Tien Bridge and along the Perfume River, this riverside Hue night market is full of colorful souvenirs and street food stalls. Young people also come here to perform street music or street arts. The kiosks that house many Hue crafts and restaurants are made of traditional wood architectures in Hue. It creates this vintage ambiance for visitors who come for a fun evening here.
♦ Dining: At the beginning, you will notice a well-displayed corner for Hue Street Food by local food stalls. You can find water fern cake, tapioca dumplings, mussel rice, thick noodle soup, and sweet soup.
Read more: 6 Hue Local Food to try in Hue, Vietnam.
Also, at the end of the walking street, you’ll see many restaurants that are ideal for your romantic dining. Recommended restaurants: Ancient Hue restaurant. Hue and other fusion Vietnamese food. Price ranges from 50,000 VND/ dish to 150,000 VND/ dish.
♦ The Hue Timber Wood Bridge: Continue to walk towards Phu Xuan Bridge direction, you will see a newly-built bridge made of timber. Its location by the water with its illuminating colors will create such nice experience for you in Hue at night.
2. Admire artwork at XQ Co Do
Address: 27 Nguyễn Thái Học
Opening hour: 07:00 – 21:00
Entrance fee: free of charge
The XQ Co Do Gallery is an impressive embroidery performing art gallery. Each embroidery work is made one of a kind with the aim of weaving the spirits and stories of Vietnam culture into visual threat art. This is the brain-child of wife-and-husband artisans Vo Van Quan and Hoang Le Xuan, who seek to restore and preserve traditional embroidery. Their price is not for everyone but its value makes a meaningful souvenir visitors to Hue can purchase.
♦ Enjoy Hue style tea in the orchid garden: XQ Co Do generously welcomes visitors with free of charge to visit their museum. After walking in the paradise of colorful threats and needles, you can come and sit in their green orchid garden. They host Hue Folk Museum show on every weekend. Also, you can finish off your walk at night in Hue with a cup of tea served by the lovely and talented ladies at XQ Co Do.
♦ Dining/ cafe nearby: Walk to the junction of Pham Hong Thai and Le Loi and continue staying on Pham Hong Thai, you’ll see a charming cafe place called Tan Cafe at 16 Pham Hong Thai st, Hue city. This place opens from 07:00 – 22:00. Their 80s Vietnam influenced decoration will surprise you with such hidden gem in Hue. Try their Cafe Sua Da or Cappucchino.
3. Wander at Diem Phung Thi Sculpture Garden
Address: 17 Le Loi street
Opening hour: 07:30 – 17:30. Their garden is open 24/7
Entrance fee: 30,000 VND/ person
While walking on Nguyen Dinh Chieu night market, you will notice on the left hand side a white charming French villa. It houses 386 artworks by a renowned sculptor Madam Diem Phung Thi. Her unique sculptural language featured what she called “seven modules”, similar to the five basic elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth), which she blended to create abstract, generalized but vibrant works, full of symbolism and meaning.
You can wander off in the garden where some of her main works displayed for public. A very beautiful fun and a fun thing to do at night in Hue when you try to guess the meaning of her statues as well.
4. Release lanterns on Perfume River
If you two travel as a couple or on a honeymoon trip, doing a Dragon Boat Trip on the Perfume River at night could be a romantic thing to do. Local people practice lanterns releasing in water for long time ago. This is a beautiful act to commemorate our deceased ancestors and wish for health and peace for your own family. As a couple, you can make a wish for your future as well.
How to do this
You will easily spot for this service while walking on Nguyen Dinh Chieu street. Some ladies will approach you to ask whether you wish to do a boat trip up the Perfume River. Their costing is 20,000 VND/ person and trip lasts for 20 minutes. If you want to ask for paper lantern to free in the water, feel free to ask them. Extra 5,000 VND/ per lantern will be added.
In case you are up for this romantic idea in Hue at night privately to celebrate your love or anniversary, you can contact us to arrange it. We’ll make it memorable for your special day.
5. Explore Hue Citadel at night
Several places in the Hue Citadel are open to visitors at night, especially at Ngo Mon Gate and Tu Suong Vo Su Pavilion. The Citadel is well decorated with flickering lights, which gives it a mysterious beauty that is completely different from in the daytime. You find many local Hue residents come here to hang out at night such as flying kites, skate-boarding or street dancing.
Specially, from March 2018, on top of Ky Dai (the biggest bastion that easily spot when you walk towards main gate of Hue Citadel), there is the Holy Cannon Performance show on every Saturday at 18:30. There are 9 cannons placing around Ky Dai Bastion. This unique ceremony will last after nine round shots of cannons in honor our deceased Emperors who started the nation in 19th century. A must-see for you in Hue at night if you land in Hue on Saturday.
Hue Citadel is now close to public at night. Thus, you won’t be able to visit the Hue Imperial City in the evening. In case, you plan to visit Nguyen Emperor’s palace during the day, it would be a more fruitful visit to have a local guide with you. Check out the Hue Walk of Imperial City which starts at 8:30 and 14:00 daily.
Dining in Hue Citadel
These are our recommendation for excellent Hue restaurants within the Hue Citadel area if you plan to do this activity in Hue at night.
♦ Huong Sen Restaurant, 115 Nguyen Trai, Vietnamese cuisine, 50,000 VND – 150,000 VND/ dish.
♦ Les Jardins de la Carambole, 8 Dang Tran Con, Vietnamese and French fusion, 100,000 VND – 400,000/ dish. A la carte menu available.
♦ Banh Khoai Hong Mai, 65 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hue specialty, 7,000 VND – 25,000 VND/ dish.
♦ Tu Phuong Vo Su Lau, Hoa Binh Gate, Hue Imperial City: Cafe on top of a bastion in Hue Imperial City, 10,000 VND – 20,000 VND/ drink.
6. Explore the food in Hue at night
When the night falls in Hue, most street food vendors and eaters begin their food hunt with various Hue local food options. There are many street food corners in Hue that you can explore yourself. We have prepared here a list of unique street food in Hue that you can reach by foot.
Check out: 5 Unique Evening Hue Street Food Corners.
Another option for you is to book a food tour either by foot or by motorbike in Hue to explore its street culinary in the evening. Most companies will take you to try at least 5 local dishes and drinks in different corners of Hue. This, by far, is the most enjoyable experience any visitors want to do on their check list in Hue. Hue cuisine is definitely your top fun thing to do in Hue at night you shouldn’t miss.
Recommendation for food tours in Hue
Hue Walk of Street Culinary, $29/ person, explore the fusion Vietnamese – Chinese food in Chi Lang Gia Hoi Ancient town.
If you prefer one-on-one experience, try Hue Food Tour by Motorbike, $35/person.
7. Watch the amazing Ao Dai Show/ Hue Folk Music Show
Listening to folk songs performed on The Perfume River is a traditional offering of Hue, a tradition that has been preserved and developed over hundreds of years under Nguyen Dynasty era. Every visitor to Hue will expect to sit on a dragon boat and listen to the sweet tunes of Hue folk songs performed by Hue ladies in Ao Dai.
Another stunning show for those who love Hue and wish to see into the soul of Hue can find in the Ao Dai Show. It’s brand new show to feed visitors curiosity into the Ao Dai art and learn how it transformed over years.
Hue Folk Music show
Time: 18:00, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00
Price: 150,000 VND for foreigners.
Where to buy tickets: Toa Kham Boat Station
Ao Dai Show
Price: 300,000 VND/ foreigners
Where: 49 A Le Loi street, Hue city. Book their show here.
Dining nearby after show
When you get off the boat or finish with the Ao Dai show, walk to these great restaurants for your dining:
♦ Floating restaurant on The Perfume River (Park 3/2 Le Loi)
♦ Hoa Vien Restaurant, 4A Vo Thi Sau, Hue
♦ DMZ Bar, 60 Le Loi, Hue
8. Enjoy Hue illuminating on rooftop bar or cafe
Hue houses many stylish cafés with charming views and great coffee. After dinner, you can visit a quiet café and watch the city after dark. From the cafe rooftop, you will see a shimmering view of Truong Tien and Hue Night Market, the new Timber Wood Bridge, The Floating Restaurant and many dragon boats hanging in the water with their music echo in the air. You will be immersed in the true tranquility and beauty of Hue.
There are many cafés in Hue with a stunning view of The Perfume River, including:
♦ The Café on the 16th floor of the Imperial Hotel, 8 Hung Vuong, Hue
♦ Sky Café inside Midtown Hotel.
♦ Co Huong Café, 2 Tran Hung Dao, Hue
9. Dining/ pub-ing at Pham Ngu Lao Walking Street
This is a small walking street filled with ancient homes mixed with modern tube-shaped houses. If you wish to find some cheap thrills in this quiet city, visiting a bar or pub at night is your best option. This is where you can let loose with friends and fill your night with great music and drinks.
Most popular bars are:
♦ DMZ Bar, 60 Le Loi, Hue
♦ Brown Eyes Bar, 56 Chu Van An, Hue
♦ Why Not Bar & Restaurant, 26 Pham Ngu Lao, Hue
Dining in Pham Ngu Lao Walking Street
Walking along this street, you can find many souvenir shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels, and tour operators. This street becomes most crowded after nightfall. This neighborhood, including nearby streets like Chu Van An, Le Loi and Vo Thi Sau, is now a hub for foreigners and local residents.
♦ Ta Vet Pub, 11 Vo Thi Sau
♦ Taboo Pub, 16 Vo Thi Sau
♦ Missy Roo Restaurant, 11 Pham Ngu Lao.
♦ Golden Rice Restaurant, 40 Pham Ngu Lao.
♦ Gecko Pub, 9 Pham Ngu Lao.
♦ Kangaroo Hue Restaurant & Cooking Class, 31 Vo Thi Sau.
Many visitors having this misconception of Hue as boring city with nothing to do at night. With this 9 ideas of detailed fun thing to do in Hue at night, we hope you change your mind to fit Hue in you travel plan. We surely are here to help create a memorable experience in Hue with those exciting activities above.
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