Sugarcane juice and ice cream are two the best choices for summer time in Hanoi, where the day starts cool but from about 8am, the weather changes to hot and by midday, lots of people seem to melt. The heat causes people bad moods and to get angry easily. The best way to beat the heat is to go for a drive and a drink. Young people choose sugar cane juice with ice or ice cream, so cheap at only 2000Vnd for one big glass and 2500Vnd for one tasty ice cream.
One other reason why young people choose to go out for an ice cream or drink to the crowded spots in Thanh Nien Street or Trang Tien Street is to have a good look at each other as they are drinking. These days, there are lots of young girls and boys who drive motorbikes like crazy, pulling the front wheel off the ground and driving around and around these popular areas to show off. Of course, there are quite a few accidents that result and the police drive around alot to try and stop this silly behaviour but it doesn't seem to work well. It's good fun, though.