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Ta Hien Street - The Backpackers' Center in Hanoi

ta-hien-street-original Ta Hien street in Hanoi

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 - Then and Now

Location

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 now

Ta Hien street is now the go-to location for drinking and having fun

Precautions for Ta Hien Street

  • As the street is always crowded, keep your belongings where you can watch over them and beware of pickpockets or snatch thieves.
  • Check the price carefully and stay away from free samples. That may be a scammer who can overcharge you or get aggressive when you don’t buy anything.
  • Learn these tips to avoid scams in Hanoi.
  • Choose a clean vendor and opt for cooked food whenever possible. You would want to avoid getting food poisoning while traveling in Vietnam!

Experiences You Shouldn’t Miss at Ta Hien Street

The Drinking Culture of Bia Hoi

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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.

Recommendation:

  • Bia Pho Co (18 Ta Hien street, Hanoi): VND 50,000 - VND 100,000

Read more: What to Know When Drinking with a Vietnamese.

Try Delicious Street Food

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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)...

Recommendations:

  • Duc Long (37 Ta Hien street, Hanoi): VND 30,000 - VND 200,000
  • Green Pepper (27 Ta Hien street, Hanoi): VND 60,000 - VND 220,000

Party with Young Locals

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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.

Recommendations:

  • 1900 Le Theatre (8 Ta Hien street, Hanoi): VND 50,000 - VND 500,000
  • Local Bar (16 Ta Hien street, Hanoi): VND 50,000 - VND 2,000,000
  • Hay Bar (12 Ta Hien street, Hanoi): VND 100,000 - VND 500,000

Admire an Architectural Wonder

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 street night

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.

Where to Stay on Ta Hien Street

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
Check price and availability

ta hien street essence hotel

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
Check price and availability

ta hien street bonsella

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:

 

Our Take on Ta Hien Street

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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