Hanoi is THE up-and-coming destination for the sophisticated traveler.
The new five-star hotel not only boasts 123 beautiful rooms, it’s also celebrates Vietnamese art and culture. The hotel embodies a permanent art collection featuring local artists’ work in sculptures, watercolors, sketches and paintings.
Apricot Hotel understands that while Hanoi continues to shine as the capital of Vietnam, cultural and nightlife events should cater to international jetsetters as well. Check out the rooftop terrace bar overlooking the lake and Hanoi’s skyline as a venue for the bold and the beautiful barhoppers. The hotel’s basement theater also showcases a stage linking two floors and a fine dining restaurant. Don’t miss Palette, a signature restaurant satiating guests craving for delicious Southeast Asian cuisine.
With a top-notch spa and a library lounge, Apricot Hotel is catching the attention of worldwide tastemakers. If you find yourself in Hanoi and need a refined list from a local, we asked Le Anh Ngoc, Marcom Manager at the hotel, for the best advice. We have a good feeling, you can’t go wrong with her top 5 below:
1. A peaceful stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake.
My favorite place is Hoan Kiem Lake. The lake itself and the surrounds give me peace. Take a stroll under a shady old tree, feel the breeze, breathe in the fresh air and admire the lake—it’s the best way to relax and embrace the spirit of this 1,000-year-old city.
2. Explore the Old Quarter.
Taking a walk through Hanoi’s vibrant Old Quarter and discovering the unique, signature flavor of Vietnamese cuisine is an experience you’ll always remember. The Old Quarter’s charms from bygone eras will captivate visitors, making for a pleasant counterpoint to the capital’s burgeoning modern development. From street vendors and street-side stalls to luxury restaurants, there are plenty of dishes to whet your appetite.
3. Visit the best art galleries in Hanoi.
Hanoi is known for its art and culture. Something would be amiss if you visited Hanoi and did not take in Vietnamese art, as it is a profound window to our culture. Apricot Gallery is among the city’s best art galleries, offering you a chance to be awed by some of the nation’s master painters.
Photo: Apricot Gallery
4. Visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu)
The Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) is truly a must-see destination in Hanoi. Van Mieu was Vietnam’s oldest university and the center of education for Vietnamese Mandarins who were educated there for several centuries. In the 15th century, Emperor Le Thanh Tong declared that stelae should be erected for everyone conferred with a doctorate. You can see for yourself the 82 stelae with inscriptions of the 1,304 doctor laureates in the temple, all of which are placed on the back of a tortoise. Today, Van Mieu is considered an oasis of tranquility; you may even see visiting Vietnamese students partake in good luck rituals before undertaking an important exam, such as the entrance exam for university.
One36 Bar is definitely the best rooftop bar in Hanoi! Overlooking the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, it’s a great place for soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying panoramic views of Vietnam’s incredible capital city!
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