Tet Holiday 2023

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi

The Year of the Cat is right at the corner and it is time to celebrate for all you cat lovers out there. This holiday season, check out how you can enjoy the company of furry feline friend, from cute cafe to personalized gifts in Hanoi.
January 20, 2023 | 08:22

While this time of the year usually causes stress or anxiety because we are swamped by unfinished business and deadlines, there are plenty of ways that you can unwind with the fur friend to find relaxation without having to leave town.

Some of them are hidden gems where you can meet and play with cute cats. The others are exciting activities and hot spots to check out when you have free time and try to find serenity during the holiday. Whoever feels like getting a boost of energy, please come forward to collect your dose, this is the list for you.

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi

Visiting art galleries

1. OUR.TETTA

In Hanoi's latest urban exhibition space called Our.Hanoi (also a trendy coffee shop), the on-going TETTA exhibtion displays the works of three rising names in the local art scens such as Thailinh and Hoang Tien Quyet.

With the theme "Year of the Cat", the exhibitors put a modern twist to familiar drawings and imagery of Vietnamese Tet custom and show their own colors. Digital visual artist Thailinh showcased many paintings of folktale characters in Vietnam with a bright, vibrant color palette.

You can also see the sophisticated art of origami from the skillfuls hand of Hoang Tien Quyet as his cat origami are elegantly placed in different sizes and forms.

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
(Photo: Nhung Nguyen).

OUR.TETTA is also a music party, featuring remixed versions of Vietnamese songs as part of the experience. This event already attracted many young people and will last until late of January.

If you want to explore contemporary artists in Vietnam and their impressions of Lunar New Year, check out OUR.TETTA. You can capture beautiful photos with friends at one of the latest art hubs in the center of Hanoi.

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
(Photo: Nhung Nguyen)

Date and Time: starts from January 7 2023

Location: Our.Hanoi - 292 Bach Dang, Hoan Kiem

Price: No admission fee

(You can order coffee at the Our.Hanoi coffee shop for the starting price of VND 50,000 (US $2.13)

2. The spring walking cat

Du Xuan or Going Out in Springtime is one of the most anticipated activities during Tet holiday. Most people go out with friends and family, or loved ones for the holiday will show up in their best suits, wearing beautiful clothes and accessories in bright colors like red, yellow and pink.

Vietnamese people do so with hope that by beginning the year being our most beautiful versions, we shall also welcome luck, happiness and wealth for the rest of the year. Plus, it is simply such a good feeling to dress up and go out!

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
Artworks exhibited at The spring walking cat exhibition (Photo: Nhung Nguyen)

In Vietnamese belief, cats are elegant and gentle creatures. The spring walking cat, or Meo Du Xuan, will be the one showing the top-notch, Western-inspired, sophistication among zodiac signs.

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
Artworks exhibited at The spring walking cat exhibition (Photo: Nhung Nguyen)

Hence, Meo Du Xuan exhibtion at Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, featuring 28 local artists, 100 art are well-received from its opening in late December 2022. According to Tong Dieu Hang, the exhibition curator, this show is the greeting of the Year of the Cat to show appreciation to the symbolic animal.

"...The cat is the animal that heralds the dawn and succeeds the expectations of favors and blessings. All the artworks would be expressing those wishes..," said Hang.

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
Artworks exhibited at The spring walking cat exhibition (Photo: Nhung Nguyen)

Date and Time: starts from December 28 2022

Location: Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts (Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh) from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily, opening hours on public holidays might differ.

Price: No admission fee (if you only visit the exhibition)

(You will be charged for t icket to visit the Museum, about VND 10,000-30,000).

Coffee hopping

1. Bastet's Home Coffee

One of the most popular pet cafe in the capital city, Bastet's Home will stay open for most of the Tet holiday, so you better save this address as a "must-visit" as soon as possible. The pet cafe has two locations in Hanoi but is often packed because it is known for giving good services for both customer and the feline "bosses".

How to Spend A Purr-fect End-of-Year Day To Spend in Hanoi
At Bastet's Home, cats love to cuddle like children wanting the warm affection of customers (Photo: Bastet's Home Coffee)

Baster's Home is also a recommended cafe for cat lovers because it has a strict policies for treating the animals there. The rules even include the characters of each cat so customers can be aware of the grumpy old cats as well as the young and delicate ones.

How to Spend A Purr-fect End-of-Year Day To Spend in Hanoi
Bastet's Home

Location 1: 34 Trung Nhi, Ha Dong

Location 2: C4 Trung Phung, Dong Da

Time: 9:00 am to 10:30 pm daily

Drink price starts from VND 40,000.

2. O'leoleo Coffee Books and Cats

The next cat cafe to check out this Tet holiday is O'leoleo, which has stayed quite a hidden gem because of its locations in the small alleys of Hanoi city.

Most customers of O'leoleo are young students. They come here to enjoy many fun group games like chess, statue painting and of course, seeing the cute cats.

O'leoleo prepare these fun games so instead of focusing too much on the four-legged staff (being over-petted can seriously enjoy harming these precious animals), customers can their coffe dates and from time to time, have some fun with the cats .

How to Spend A Purr-fect End-of-Year Day To Spend in Hanoi
O'leoleo Coffee Books and Cats

Another perk of coming to this cafe is the green indoor garden of the shelf, with many small plant pots you can bring home for FREE (if you post check-ins at O'leoleo on your social accounts).

How to Spend A Purr-fect End-of-Year Day To Spend in Hanoi
O'leoleo Coffee Books and Cats
Location 1: 108 5T2, Lane 62, Nguyen Chi Thanh, Dong Da, Hanoi

Location 2: 63 Truc Bach, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Opening time start from 10 am during Tet holiday.

3. Geisha Cat

Out of the three recommended pet cafes, Geisha Cat is the newest with foreigner-friendly atmosphere. Many expats come here and enjoy the peaceful cafe shop with over 20 cats of various breeds. They are clean, well taken care of. The location is also nearby West Lake so it is a convenient hang-out spot for cat lovers this Tet Holiday.

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
(Photo: Geisha Cat).

Location: 23 Nguyen Hoang Ton, Tay Ho

Time: 10 am - 10 pm

Only customer above 12 allowed.

Shopping

Are you still looking for the perfect holiday gifts to your loved ones? Something cute yet practical? Something creative yet affordable?

What's more fun and appropriate that cat-themed home decors and kitchen goods to surprise the animal lovers in your life?

The best part is, you can shop for these gifts online! Get these gifts with none of the stress from driving in Hanoi crowd, dusty and noisy streets this time of the year.

1.VENTO Art Studio

If your budget allows, these cute and elegant plates are perfect house-warming or holiday presents you can get your parents, significant others or close friends. They will be a great addition to their meals, while they enjoy the delicious food with you.

These can also introduce your foreign friends to high quality made-in-Vietnam goods that they have been missing out on.

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
(Photo: Ha Huy Muoi Facebook)

The Vietnamese artists from VENTO art studio, Pham Thi Hong Sam and Ha Huy Muoi, make a limited edition of these plates, most of them are one-of-a-kind so quickly go check their online sites so you can get it before it is sold-out.

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
(Photo: Ha Huy Muoi Facebook)
How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
(Photo: Ha Huy Muoi Facebook)

Facebook Page: VENTO Art Studio

Price starts from VND 7 million (US $300).

2. Dreamers Living Co.

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
(Photo: Tung Le Facebook)

Hand-made crafts are always the right choices when it comes to gift-giving. In the Year of the Cat, Hanoi-based home decor and furniture Dreamers released the wooden cat decor in many shapes and sizes. They are perfect display for your living room this Tet, next to a flower vase and Tet snack set.

Fancy a more sophisticated cat-themed gift? There are Indian-originated pure bronze cat statues that are perfect as holiday gift for the important people you love and admire. They are not only beautifully crafted but also carry the meaning of deep gratitude, as cat is considered the magical bringer of good luck in India.

How to Spend A "Purrfect" Day in Hanoi
(Photo: Dreamers)

Facebook Page: Dreamers Living Co.

Price starts from VND 300,000 (US $12.79).

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