Ta Hien - Street of foreigner and beer in the center of Hanoi
Ta Hien Street - the beer street Hanoi is known as the first street where the majority of foreign tourists set foot on when coming and before leaving Hanoi. Therefore, everyone is familiar to call Ta Hien Street with the name "Pho Tay" (foreigner street).
"Pho Tay Tạ Hiện" is always crowded with both of locals and foreigners
The winds of late fall and early winter makes a little cold on our face, Hanoi streets become secluded. The city falls in a peaceful sleep. But there is a contrast on Ta Hien Str at night. Ta Hien Street corner at that time is the moment of "going out and joining" of foreign visitors. In particular, a lot of “backpackers” are mesmerized by the beer gardens serving "cool beer" (cold beer or carbonated iced tea - depending on the way of calling of foreign tourists). They can absolutely comfortably gathered here with friends until the morning, drink "carefree" with cheap fresh beer, just 5,000 VND / jarf
"Beer Ta Hien" is very delicious and cheap as well.
James who is an Australian young man, second time to Hanoi said “Taking a sip of beer made me refresh. Every night I come here to drink "cool beer" and see Hanoi's ancient streets”
Counting briefly, on this "international crossroads" Ta Hien, there are four cheap fresh beer gardens, attracting a large number of foreign travelers. When the city begins to light also is the time of opening door of carbonated iced tea street vendor with cheap price. From "international crossroads" skirted down the other branches of street as Luong Ngoc Quyen Str, Hang Bac Str and alleys as Sam Cong Lane, Quang Lac Lane, Hai Tuong Lane, etc, there are dozens of beer gardens growing on the pavement. Visitors use plastic chair to sit down and automatically themselves serve seating arrangement.
All are similar in one point, small shop on small street and crowded foreigners drinking "cool beer" and boozing. Owners and visitors here communicate with each other mainly by ... hand, occasionally by a few sentences in English or Vietnamese.
Addition to the street beer restaurants, there are many mini-bars and coffee houses for you in Ta Hien beer street Hanoi.
Nearly 20 years of sales here, couple of Mr Hai and Ms Loan (owner of "Cool beer Hai Loan") can’t explain why "Pho Tay" attracts foreign tourists as such. Is it because of tasty and cheap beer here? Yes, it is true! But no one "crazy" that spent a pile of money from so far away countries to Hanoi just for drinking beer.
Ta Hien Street has nothing different from the old town or a little old in Hanoi, with a length of 200m and old houses with brown tile roofs, as well as small roads... But also, there is a difference here, it is "cool beer" gardens, with jovial and hearty guests called "Tay" (foreign people), they brought here a fresh vitality.
Ta Hien street still keeps the traditional values of Hanoi Old Quarters.
The cordial handshake, blooming cheery laughter, words of praising, and cheers "without borders", or even just a small whistle at midnight, well enough to create a cultural beauty in "Pho Tay". And moreover, if travelers need, the troupe of troubadours ready to serve guests on the spot. Fragrant smell of grilled squid, hot steaming from boiled cassava and corn stalls selling create warmth under cold weather. It made a really charm to guests. All are lively and full "nature of the sidewalk".
Thang Long-Hanoi has been more than 1,000 years old and welcomed more and more foreign tourists to visit yearly. And "Cool beer Ta Hien" will certainly be impressive destination for tourists all over the world.
If you have more time in Hanoi and your are a believer of street beer, you can find ways to the other famous beer restaurants as Hai Xom beer (in 181 Giang Vo street), Viet Ha Beer (in Linh Nam street), Hoa Vien Restaurant (No 1A Tang Bat Ho street)... In another side, let's enjoy the cheapest beer with a escorted local to experince the real culture of "bia hoi".
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