Ta Hien, a 200-meter length street is situated in well-known Old Quarter of Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake. It is one of the most crowded streets in Old Quarter particularly and in Hanoi generally. Ta Hien features both Hanoi’s quaintness and dynamism. This street attracts a wide range of visitors including both local and foreign one. Due to the large number of overseas people coming to Ta Hien, this small street is also known as the “Foreign Street” of Hanoi.
It is easy for you to find a variety of Hanoi street foods such as Vietnamese pate bread, Pho, Banh Xeo and so on in this charming street. However, beer is the most famous one here, especially in summer.
Summer in Hanoi is pretty muggy; hence people have great preference for cool beer. In dusk or evening, hundreds of people gather in this Ta Hien and take a cup of iced beer after a hard-working day. Sitting on a small-sized plastic chair outdoors, holding a beer mug and chatting with friends are undoubtedly best privileges after a hard-working day. Additionally, some others opt to sit at corner of an outdoor coffee shop and watch the daily life going as well as the very charming clutter of Hanoi.
There are dozens types of beer for you to choose including draught beer, bottled beer, cask ale or black beer. Vietnamese beer is reviewed sweet and quite slight, so you can take more than 5 mugs without getting drunk. Of course it depends on your tolerance to alcohol lol. Besides, snack foods served with the beer are also diverse including both traditional foods such as Nem Chua and peanut and Western ones as fried chip and cheese stick. Only with about 10$, you can enjoy a lot of beer and foods here.
The similarity among beer restaurants in Ta Hien is its minimalism and street style, which feature Hanoi’s quaintness. In addition, customers can order a mug of beer and sit for hours without being interrupted. The comfortable, friendly and peaceful atmosphere and great beers are the major reasons for the charm of Ta Hien Street.
The hotter it is, the more people come to Ta Hien. Sometimes on weekends, the street is so crowded that there is hardly empty seat. The street often is getting crowded after 5pm, when the dusk is falling. It is absolutely an unforgettable memory when you stop here to have some beer after long day of exploring the Old Quarter.