Top 12 Ideas for Best Nightlife in Hue, Vietnam

What to Do at Night in Hue?

Cordelia Gray
Cordelia Gray | Published: January 4, 2021

Gaining its reputation as a peaceful and ancient city in Vietnam, Hue is an ideal tourist attraction for culture vultures. However, when the sun sets, this imperial city takes off its serene ambiance and turns more bustling and splendid. If you are wondering where to go to experience the best nightlife in Hue, follow us to these most popular destinations to visit and things to do at night in Hue.

1. Chill out at the Western Area in Hue

Best Nightlife in Hue Western Area
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  • Address: 29 Chu Van An, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 18:00 PM – 2:00 AM (from Friday to Sunday)

Located right on three major roads in the city center, including Pham Ngu Lao, Chu Van An and Vo Thi Sau Street, the Western area is a highlight among Hue nightlife spots. This recreational zone has come into operation since the evening of September 29th, 2018, changing the thinking that Hue is a city of early bedtime.

With a total length of about 1 km, the Western area offers visitors various cultural experiences, yummy specialties as well as lively entertainment. Here you can find rows of stalls that display interesting items. It is wonderful to purchase some souvenirs, have intimate friend meetings or drink some beer while enjoying the music. 

Recommendations for dining and pubbing places at the Western area:

DMZ Bar

  • Address: 60 Le Loi, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 7:00 AM – 2:30 AM
  • Price range: 12,000 – 200,000 VND

Brown Eyes Bar

  • Address: 56 Chu Van An, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 17:00 PM – 3:00 AM
  • Price range: 200,000 – 500,000 VND

Ta Vet Coffee & Pub

  • Address: 11 Vo Thi Sau, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 6:30 AM – 23:30 PM
  • Price range: 30,000 – 150,000 VND

Taboo Pub

  • Address: 16 Vo Thi Sau, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 7:00 AM – 23:00 PM
  • Price range: 12,000 – 150,000 VND

Gecko Pub – Restaurant

  • Address: 9 Pham Ngu Lao, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 7:00 AM – 22:00 PM
  • Price range: 15,000 – 200,000 VND

Golden Rice Restaurant

  • Address: 40 Pham Ngu Lao, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 8:00 AM – 23:30 PM
  • Price range: 50,000 – 300,000 VND

2. Hang out at Nguyen Dinh Chieu Walking Street

Best Nightlife in Hue Nguyen Dinh Chieu Walking Street
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  • Address: Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Vinh Ninh, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 24/24 daily

If Hanoi is famous for Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street, Hue also makes its name with Nguyen Dinh Chieu Walking Street. Located at the heart of the city, along the riverside of Perfume River, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Walking Street is considered the most vibrant nightlife venue in Hue. 

As a pedestrian street, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street has an extensive range of amusement activities. Apart from going jaunting along the Perfume River, visitors can try Hue delicacies such as Hue water fern cakes, Hue lemongrass skewers, Hue lotus seed sweet soup or Hue beef noodle soup

In a few days a week, youngsters will hold music shows with acoustic and street dance performances that attract a large number of students in the area. Plus flash mobs or street painting events, this walking street never lacks excitement all days and nights.

Dining destinations near Nguyen Dinh Chieu Walking Street:

Burger Shack Hue – Leu Hamburgers

  • Address: 3 Kiet, 10 Vo Thi Sau, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 10:00 AM – 22:00 PM
  • Price range: 10,000 – 200,000 VND

Ba Hoa Restaurant

  • Address: 11A Truong Dinh, Vinh Ninh, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 6:00 AM – 20:00 PM
  • Price range: 15,000 – 40,000 VND

Underline Coffee Shop & Restaurant

  • Address: 42 Truong Dinh, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 7:00 AM – 22:00 PM
  • Price range: 15,000 – 170,000 VND

3. Stroll on Ironwood Bridge

Best Nightlife in Hue Ironwood Bridge
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If Truong Tien Bridge is the soul of Hue City, witnessing the ups and downs of history, Ironwood Bridge is considered a remarkable achievement to which many people have made efforts and sacrifices. 

The Ironwood Bridge is located at the foot of two well-known bridges: Truong Tien Bridge and Phu Xuan Bridge. With a total area of 2443 square meters, 400m in length and 4m in width, this bridge has become a prominent check-in spot for pedestrians. Standing on the deck, tourists can grasp an enchanting view of the Perfume River at night.

4. Wander at Diem Phung Thi Art Museum

Best Nightlife in Hue Diem Phung Thi Art Museum
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  • Address: 17 Le Loi, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 8:00 AM – 17:00 PM

Diem Phung Thi Art Museum is located at a white French villa at 17 Le Loi in remembrance of a well-known sculptor – Madam Diem Phung Thi. While the entire space inside this two-story building has been renovated, the exterior is featured by a garden, in harmony with the surrounding landscapes. 

When visiting the sculpture garden, you can witness mysterious statues assembled from 7 modules. Those modules symbolize 5 basic elements in nature (water, wood, metal, fire and earth) conveying abstract meaning. With those valuable cultural assets, this art exhibition house has become an old-but-gold location that you should not ignore in your nightlife excursion in Hue.

5. Listen to Hue Folk Songs on Perfume River

Best Nightlife in Hue Folk Songs
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Recognized as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, Hue folk singing is one of must-have experiences and things to do for first-time visitors to Hue. To enjoy this special type of culture, you need to buy tickets at the wharf near Truong Tien Bridge (100,000 VND/person for Vietnamese visitors and 150,000 VND/person for foreigners). After that, you can get on a dragon boat and immerse yourself in sweet melodies of Hue traditional songs.

6. Release Lanterns on Perfume River

Best Nightlife in Hue Release Lanterns
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Releasing lanterns is a long-lasting custom of Hue people. On this occasion, the Perfume River will be transformed into a kaleidoscope with colorful lotus paper lanterns let afloat on water. Traditionally aiming at commemorating ancestors and praying for peace, this activity now has been more of personal fulfillment. 

Joining the lantern raising activity, you can make wishes for health, happiness and fortune. Everywhen a lantern is lit, dreams and hopes are lightened up. That is the reason why people from adults to children coming to the dreamland of Hue all feel excited to release a lantern of their own.

7. Get around Hue by Cyclo

Best Nightlife in Hue Cyclo
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Wandering around Hue streets and alleys on a cyclo may be a cup of tea for many tourists. The cyclo will slowly take you to the busiest streets, along the riverside and across quiet gardens, make you totally engrossed in sightseeing regardless of how low-spirited you are. 

Experiencing a panoramic cyclo ride, you can proactively capture beautiful moments in front of your eyes. It is also possible to pop into any street shop without having to hurry up. To be more interesting, almost every cyclo runner can play the role of a tour guide and introduce tourist attractions’ history to you. As many of them are fluent in foreign languages, especially English and French, you do not need to worry about language boundary while conversing with them.

8. Explore Hue Citadel at Night

Best Nightlife in Hue Citadel
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Coming to Hue Citadel at night, visitors have a chance to discover another face of Hue that cannot be seen in days. First, you can witness the sparkling scenery inside this ancient capital, from Trung Dao Bridge, Thai Dich Lake to Dien Tho Residence, The Mieu Temple. In addition, you can observe and experience royal practices such as the Change of Guards Ceremony, performance of court music (small and great music). 

There is an extremely large and airy campus in front of the Ngo Mon Gate, where you can find myriads of fun activities. Kite flying, rollerblading and wandering around to contemplate the beauty of Hue Citadel at night are among top common activities that are well worth trying.

Suggestion for excellent culinary tastings within Hue Citadel area:

Huong Sen Restaurant

  • Address: Nguyen Trai, Thuan Hoa, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 24/24 daily
  • Price range: 300,000 – 550,000 VND

Banh Khoai Hong Mai

  • Address: 110 Dinh Tien Hoang, Phu Hau, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 10:00 AM – 21:00 PM
  • Price range: from 25,000 VND

Les Jardins de la Carambole 

  • Address: 32 Dang Tran Con, Thuan Hoa, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 7:00 AM – 23:00 PM
  • Price range: 50,000 – 1,000,000 VND

9. Explore the Food in Hue at Night

Best Nightlife in Hue Food
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Hue’s nighttime cuisine is very diverse with a lot of specialties peculiar to the Central region. If you are a night eater, don’t hesitate to pay a nocturnal visit to Hue’s best culinary corners. Some typical locations for nighttime foodies are Dong Ba Market, Truong Tien Bridge and the Communal House in the central province of Hue.

It is a good idea to taste a cup of Hue’s renowned sweet soup at Truong Tien Bridge or in front of the communal house. For a small sum of 10,000 VND, you can get a full and incredibly delicious cup of sweet soup. Street vendors in Hue at night are also abundant, therefore if you crave for a street food hunt, don’t forget to try local dishes like balut (half-hatched duck eggs), five-color sticky rice or cassava sticky rice with coco milk sold at An Cuu Bridge.

Recommendation for excellent cake eateries in Hue:

Banh Khoai Hanh (serving Hue crispy pancake)

  • Address: 11 Pho Duc Chinh, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 8:00 AM- 21:00 PM
  • Price range: 20,000 – 55,000 VND

Banh Beo Ba Cu (serving Hue water fern cake)

  • Address: 107 Nguyen Hue, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 7:00 AM – 22:00 PM
  • Price range: 25,000 – 50,000 VND

Banh Beo Nam Loc Ba Do (serving Hue rice dumpling cake)

  • Address: 8 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Phu Cat, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 8:00 AM – 20:00 PM
  • Price range: 10,000 – 50,000 VND

10. Watch the Amazing Ao Dai Show and Hue Folk Music Show

Best Nightlife in Hue Ao Dai Show
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Hue Ao Dai Show is a fashion show exclusively designed for tourists coming to Hue. The show aims at promoting the image of Vietnamese traditional clothes as well as the brand of Vietnamese Ao Dai

Throughout the show, visitors not only can admire fascinating Ao Dai performances but also can enjoy colorful imperial plays, folk dancing and royal martial art performances. It will definitely be a brand new experience for first-time visitors, creating an explosion of emotions from the beginning to the end.

Hue Folk Music Show

  • Address to buy tickets: Toa Kham Boat Station
  • Opening hour: 18:00 PM, 19:00 PM, 19:30 PM, 20:00 PM
  • Price range: from 150,000 VND/foreigner

Hue Ao Dai Show

  • Address: 49A Le Loi, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 19:00 PM
  • Price range: from 300,000 VND/foreigner

11. Enjoy Hue Illuminating on Rooftop Bar or Cafe

Best Nightlife in Hue Rooftop Cafe
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If you have ever spent time wandering around Hue City, you will realize that Hue is a paradise of cafes. Especially when the night falls, there is nothing more restful than choosing a quiet corner in a rooftop cafe and getting a panoramic view of the city. Take a seat by the window and you can see Hue City as well as the Perfume River shimmering like a gem. Subtle coffee flavor, catchy music floating in the air and charming rooftop view may form a perfect combination that gradually makes you be absorbed into.

Recommendation for some cafes with stunning rooftop view:

The Café (on the 16th floor of Imperial Hotel Hue)

  • Address: 8 Hung Vuong, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 24/24 daily
  • Price range: 60,000 – 200,000 VND

The Time Coffee

  • Address: 18 Le Loi, Vinh Ninh, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 7:00 AM – 20:00 PM
  • Price range: 12,000 – 35,000 VND

Sky Cafe (on the 14th floor of Midtown Hotel)

  • Address: 29 Doi Cung, Phu Hoi, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 18:00 PM – 22:00 PM
  • Price range: 50,000 – 150,000 VND

12. Go Shopping at Vincom Plaza Hue

Best Nightlife in Hue Vincom Plaza
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  • Address: 50A Hung Vuong, Phu Nhuan, Hue City
  • Opening hour: 9:30 PM – 22:00 PM

Located at the city center of Hue, Vincom Plaza has its facades facing 3 major roads. With a total floor area of up to 14,000 square meters, including 5 storeys and 2 basements, it is currently the largest and most modern shopping mall in Hue City. 

Vincom Plaza offers customers an impressive range of sub-areas, namely the large-scale shopping center, BHD cinema, Supermarket Consumers VinMart, VinPro Electronic Supermarket, Indoor Food Court,… If you are a shopaholic, you will find something memorable at this heaven of shopping, cuisine and entertainment. 

Hue is not as tedious as many people think. With those 12 nightlife activities in Hue, you will definitely have more suggestions to make your trip more vibrant and mesmerizing.

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