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Where to relax this weekend

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Where to relax this weekend

Hoang Phong

Visitors browse for books on Nguyen Van Binh book street in downtown HCMC - PHOTO: HOANG PHONG

Those longing for a place to find some relaxing moments during the weekend break can take a look at some following destinations in HCMC where there are scores of eatery, shopping and entertainment services.

Hoa Lu Stadium, 2 Dinh Tien Hoang Street in District 1

Those curious about the diverse culinary cultures of the five continents are recommended to take a sightseeing tour to Hoa Lu Stadium at the corner of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Dinh Tien Hoang streets in HCMC’s District 1 to participate in the Five Continents Food Festival – World Food 2017 on two weekend days, October 7-8.

The event will feature more than 300 food stalls of nearly 170 domestic and foreign enterprises at a 10,000-square-meter site, allowing visitors to take a glimpse at the exotic cuisines of different countries around the globe.

Gastronomers are able to take advantage of this occasion to enjoy delicious dishes from five continents while watching cooking shows, bartender performances, and music shows. 

HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, District 1

A chamber music concert will be staged at the HCMC Opera House at 8 p.m. this Sunday, October 8 by leading artists from HBSO Chamber Orchestra.

The event titled “A night of Serenade Music” is under the baton of French conductor Patrick Souillot.

Souillot, who inherited the love and passion for music from the famed American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, has been determined to pursue his career as a popular conductor and is currently a guest conductor in many renowned European and Asian orchestras such as Sofia, Montpellier, Krakow, Stuggart, Cannes, Avignon, Toulouse and Moscow.

Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy outstanding pieces of the music genre “Serenade” by famous composers including Antonín Dvorák, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Giacomo Puccini.

Tickets to the show are priced VND200,000. For booking and delivery, call 028 38237295. The HCMC Opera House is located at 7 Lam Son Square in HCMC’s District 1. 

Nguyen Van Binh Book Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

Nguyen Van Binh Book Street, adjacent to the landmark Central Post Office in downtown HCMC, is where bookworms come to find new books or have a cup of coffee on the weekend. But this week visitors can join the opening ceremony of the New Year 2018 Calendar exhibition at 9 a.m. this Saturday.

The ongoing exhibition available from October 7 to 12 unveils hundreds of creative calendars from local calendar producers. The event is part of a series of activities to celebrate the traditional day of the publishing and printing industry in Vietnam (October 10, 1952-2017).

The book street officially opened its door in January 2016. Since then, the modern convergence point for bookworms has organized multiple artistic and recreational activities, turning itself into a new entertainment venue for local youths, city dwellers and the foreign community.

CGV Parkson Dong Khoi, 72 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

Those bored with traditional coffee shops and restaurants could consider dropping by CGV Parkson Dong Khoi on level 5 of the Parkson shopping complex on Le Thanh Ton Street in downtown HCMC to watch the drama film “The Last Face” (Vietnamese name: Khuon mat cuoi cung) at 9:30 a.m., 2:10 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. this Saturday.

The movie directed by American director Sean Penn and starring Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem and Adèle Exarchopoulos depicts a story of a spokesman (Charlize Theron) of an international aid agency in Africa, who accidentally meets and falls in love with a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem ). Both have to struggle with inner feelings to balance their love and humanitarian mission amidst the intense political and social revolution.

The 132-minute movie will be screened in English with Vietnamese subtitle. Children under 18 years old are not eligible for the movie.

Further information about tickets can be found at https://www.cgv.vn/default/khuon-mat-cuoi-cung.html.

Windsor Plaza Hotel: 18 An Duong Vuong Street, District 5

If there is no busy work on Saturday night, tourists should head to the Windsor Plaza Hotel in District 5 to immerse themselves in the jubilant atmosphere of Octoberfest Vietnam, one of the most striking cultural event in the country, from 6 p.m. till midnight.

Upon arrival at the event, visitors can experience the authentic atmosphere of the original event in Munich in a large ballroom as well as savor a sumptuous buffet of traditional German specialties including sausages, sauerkraut, crispy pork knuckles and pretzels and a free flow of imported German beer.

Notably, this year’s event features the presence of Partenkirchner Musikanten, a traditional Oktoberfest band from Germany which has performed numerous concerts around the world.

Admission to the event costs VND1.4 million net.  For further information, access www.oktoberfestvietnam.com or call the hotline at 0908 477 489.

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