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Vietnam - October 2019 - Hanoi by night and Dinner at Grandma's

Added: Tuesday, December 3rd 2019 at 4:59am by Maria

We arrived back in Hanoi around 4 o'clock in the afternoon and checked back into our rooms at the hotel where we dumped our luggage and had a couple of hours to rest and freshen up for dinner.

This was going to be an early night because the following morning we were off to the airport to board our flight to Da Nang.

The Old Quarter in Hanoi is very lively at night, lots and lots of restaurants and bars and cafes and pubs and night markets to entertain tourists and visitors alike.

We ventured out after sundown to enjoy all the lights and the sounds and the "party atmosphere" that always embodies the vibrant nightlife of Hanoi.

All these photos are from places within 5 minutes walking distance from our hotel.

This one is the center point of the Old Quarter viewed from the balcony of a pub overlooking the intersection.

shopping malls are open until 9.30pm-10pm except for Sunday where they close earlier. This is because some of the best coffee shops and eateries are located inside the malls along with the cinemas, gyms and games arcades.

this section is closed off to vehicles every evening and it becomes a pedestrian mall which is a great idea!!

they set up barriers on both sides to stop this traffic from getting through to the front of this building.

Many pubs set up tables on the sidewalks so patrons can enjoy the cool night breezes outside.

this is one of the many night markets enjoyed by tourists for all the food and bars and shopping.


We came across this restaurant where we decided to have our dinner. It is called Grandma's restaurant and although a bit more upmarket and expensive, the menu displayed on a stand outside its front door was too tempting to pass up. And I have to say, we were not disappointed.


main course dishes

Sides and desserts....

we were greeted by some of the nicest staff...

and the restaurant was quite beautiful...

we were seated at the rear of the restaurant where they had a beautiful fountain and water feature garden...

you could also sit upstairs in the balcony overlooking the street....

the food was amazing. For starters we shared a plate of deep fried crab meat spring rolls served with rice noodles and fresh herbs...

marinated jumbo shrimps that were char-grilled at our table....

They were already marinated and pre-cooked, the flambe was to add a touch of smokey flavor and taste of the liquor they used to set it alight.

the prawns were served with a wasabi dipping sauce which was tongue-tingling but in a very pleasant way.

We shared soup and savory rice....

grilled duck served with pickles and herbs...

and grilled beef in bamboo and spicy chicken wings.


It looks like a lot of food but the portion sizes for each dish was quite small and there was four of us sharing so we ordered just the right amount.  I might add though, there was no room afterwards for dessert....lol.

Then it was back to the hotel for a good night's sleep before our flight to Da Nang in the morning.

User Comments

This is not the Vietnam I expected, but then I only hear stories from the viewpoint of my husband who was fighting there. What a beautiful place!

it is certainly a very different place to what it was like during the war LouLou. They have come a long way since 1975, the people have put that awful war behind them and they rose up and re-built their country into what is now a thriving and prosperous nation. They are about to become know as a "developed" country in 2020, a great testament to the people and their resolve to improve their lives after so much tragedy...{#basic-laugh.gif}

Breathtaking buildings, the lights, the people, hotels, malls, sidewalks...all beautiful. The different foods to sample and enjoy...

Vietnam has come a long way over the years. I can see why the huge draw to vacation there.  I remember a year ago, one of my cousins said she'd love to retire there as it was beautiful country. I had looked at her strangely. Now I can see its not hard to understand why, at all.

It has some beautiful beaches as well Dani.  Yes, the country has come a long way since the end of the war in 1975. The country is united (North and South) and they people are thriving and prospering. They are a communist country but they are also capitalist to a certain extent in that the government supports business enterprises that generates profits that employ and help the Vietnamese people.  It is a lovely country to visit and many more people should go and see for it for themselves...{#basic-laugh.gif}

This was wonderful Maria, I still have not read that you ate Kemchi. I hope you had some. In Nam some of the best Kemchi is made. Or at least I hope they still make it. I believe some of the area there has changed since 1974 . Bro. Doc

I think you missed my response to you about Kimchi a few blogs back Bro Doc. If you are talking about the spicy fermented napa cabbage, it is not Vietnamese, it is Korean.  I never came across any kim chi in any restaurants I ate at but I'm sure they would be available in the Korean restaurants.  I do like Kimchi, I make my own at home using napa cabbage and I buy the spice mix from a Korean grocery store.  Vietnamese have their own recipes for pickled cabbage but it is nowhere near as spicy or even red as Kimchi is.  They are more slightly sweet and tangy as opposed to spicy. {#basic-laugh.gif}

I mused have missed it. But when I was in Nam they had Kimchi, but it was not over hot, but med. What I had was not very red looking. I have also had the hot and spicey Korean Kimichi, also. Bro. Doc

looks lovely maria..and i like pedestrianisation ..!  grandmas  crab..looks good..!!  a nice restaurant.a nice menu xx!  lucky  you....thanks for sharing xx!!{#apploud.gif}

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I can't get over how beautiful and exciting Hanoi seems in these pictures.  I guess I always assumed it was a real dumpy place because after all, the Vietnam War..etc.

The country seems to have really bounced back and become a very fun place.

It is a beautiful country with lots of beautiful tourist attractions outside the cities. But the cities themselves have become popular because of the massive recovery from the tragedy of war.  It speaks so highly of the people's resolve to improve their lives and the government's commitment to the people.  I consider myself fortunate for having visited a country that has humbled me so.

I loved the pictures. If I had been at that dinner, I'd have eaten all the spring rolls. It seems like you had a good time. 

Thank you Marissa, yes this holiday in Vietnam was great fun!!

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