If Ho Chi Minh City has Bui Vien, then Hanoi has an equally reputable counterpart - Ta Hien street. The street goes under various aliases: the backpackers’ center, the beer street, the foreigners’ street, and the international crossroad. Find out here all you need to know about this well-known address.
Ta Hien street is part of the Old Quarter Area in Hanoi. It is only 266-meter long, connecting Hang Bac street and Hang Buom street. During the French colonization, it was called “rue Géraud” but locals usually used “Quang Lac alley”, which derived from the name of the then-famous Quang Lac theatre on the street. After the August Revolution, the government renamed it to Ta Hien street as in Admiral Ta Quang Hien - the leader of the Can Vuong movement in Thai Binh province.
Nowadays, Ta Hien street is the center for fun night activities, for “nhau” (drinking), and for mingling with new friends, international and local alike.
Ta Hien street is now the go-to location for drinking and having fun
If you’ve never enjoyed bia hoi, you’ve never been in Hanoi
When we talk about places for drinking in Hanoi, we talk about Ta Hien street and vice versa. There’s a reason that Ta Hien street gets the name “beer street” and that’s because the drinking atmosphere here is irreplaceable. Everyone all sits in small chairs and tables, lively conversing, and cheering in the open air like how Vietnamese always do. Besides this scene, you’ll get to taste “bia hoi” as well. It’s a kind of inexpensive, very fresh beer that’s to be consumed within 24 hours after production, which made it a tasty treat of Hanoi that you shouldn’t miss.
Read more: What to Know When Drinking with a Vietnamese.
Fried tofu and BBQ are two good street food options to go along with bia hoi
What’s drinking without good food? Enjoy the best food to try in the Hanoi Old Quarter right here on Ta Hien street. Some of the dishes that can go well with bia hoi include: lac rang hung liu (peanuts roasted with basil), nem chua ran (fried sour sausage), chan ga hap xa (chicken feet steamed with citronella), chim cut nuong (roasted quail)...
1900 Le Theatre is a popular address among local youths
Of course, Ta Hien street couldn’t be “the backpackers’ center” if there aren’t any Hanoi's bars, clubs, and pubs to wind down. The price at Ta Hien street is slightly higher than other places, but you’ll bound to get good music, tasty drinks, and a lovely mix of fellow partygoers.
If you enjoy Ta Hien street’s liveliness at night, then come here during the daytime to appreciate its time-worn, rustic, and romantic look. It is one of the few streets that could keep the original architecture so well-preserved through hundreds of years.
Ta Hien has two distinctive looks during the day and at night
Ta Hien street is divided into two sides, one with odd house numbers and the other with even numbers. On the even side are houses built in traditional Vietnamese style. On the opposite lay houses from the early 20th century, under the influence of French-style architecture. This makes Ta Hien street interesting to look at and even better to become a photo background.
Being in the heart of Hanoi and the backpackers’ center, Ta Hien street is home to many good hotels in the Old Quarter Area with high-end to budget options. You’ll have easy access to tourist attractions, diners, and cafes, and can never miss out on any night rendezvous. If you’re worried about the noise, hotels in the alleys along the street will be your safe bet.
Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa
Address: 22 Ta Hien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
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Essence Hanoi is a haven amidst the bustling Ta Hien street
Hanoi Bonsella Cozy Hotel
Address: 1 Hai Tuong alley, Ta Hien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
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Apart from the favorable location, Hanoi Bonsella Cozy Hotel also offers ticket service and currency exchange service
Find more budget and comfy hotels on Ta Hien street here:
There are many reasons why Ta Hien street is the “international crossroad”: its blended architecture of the East and the West, its inviting atmosphere that attracts all nationalities, or maybe its varied cuisine. Whatever takes you here, we hope that you enjoy Ta Hien street and that our guide has been of help. For more information on Hanoi attractions and activities from locals, don't forget to check other blogs from us.
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