Discovering the French culture in Hanoi on a gentle Saturday

Just by your love for French culture and living in Hanoi, this city will show you the wonderful places to satisfy your expectation only in one Saturday. The special thing is that you do not have to move too much, just need to walk or ride a bicycle.

Morning: Discover the works of French classical architecture

In Hoan Kiem area, particularly around the lakeshore, you can explore a lot of big works of French architecture. They are the Church (now with the familiar name of St. Joseph’s Cathedral), Central Post Office, Metropole Hotel, the Opera House, Ly Thai To Flower Garden, Hanoi University of Pharmacy, National Library of Vietnam.

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St. Joseph’s Cathedral (40 Nha Chung Street) is the French most typical and oldest building in Hanoi

These works all bring the French classic architecture: majestic, solemn, elegant and harmonious in proportion. One Saturday morning with living slowdown, visiting and contemplating of an ancient Hanoi is a soothing but exciting experience.


It only takes you about 2 hours in the morning to visit all the places above. Then, you should spend a little time at noon to visit Hoa Lo Prison. This is where the French colonialists had built in 1896 and now it becomes a meaningfully historic destination. It can be sure that you will not regret of 1 hour to visit here.

Afternoon: Visit the Botanical Gardens and go walking along the street that has the most beautiful trees of Hanoi

After having lunch and take a rest, you can continue your journey. What’s more fascinating than lying stretched out on the verdant lawn, watching the sun rays passing through each leaves in the Botanical Garden in the summer afternoon? This garden was also built by the French. There is a very beautiful natural lake, a gentle hill, lots of lawn and winding paths under the canopy of lush trees.


If you go with your friends or family, this is also an ideal place to gather, talk, and have fun together in the pure atmosphere.


Then you can continue to enjoy your evening by rambling about the most beautiful tree – street in Hanoi: Phan Dinh Phung, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoang Dieu, … At this time, Phan Dinh Phung has two famous dracontomelum trees with yellow falling leaves in the early summer, creating a special romantic scene.

End of the day: Finish with a French meal

If in the end of the afternoon you are rumbling the beutiful Hoang Dieu Street and want to relax after a long day, it is very close from there to come to a lovely French restaurant that you only spend about 10 minutes cycling. With natural and relaxing space, menu with the unique fusion food style, this is a familiar destination of those who love French cuisine and culture.


After a long day exploring French culture and enjoying the high-class French cuisine can be a great thing to wrap up a perfect Saturday!

Try spending an early summer day when the heat is still very tender to explore the beauty of the world around you, and you’ll find life much more wonderful!