Food Street - Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi - review by Rusty Compass
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Food Street - Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi

| 30 Jun 2019
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Food Street - Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi
Tong Duy Tan St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

30 Jun 2019

Tong Duy Tan St, aka. Food Street, is a strip of mainly local eateries that gets especially busy at night. There are some cafes on the strip as well now and a popular cocktail bar. Tong Duy Tan is towards Ba Dinh Square on the fringe of Hanoi's Old Quarter.

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Hanoi’s Tong Duy Tan St has been a food strip for decades. It’s a stretch of simple, tasty, outdoor stalls with plastic stools and low tables. Lau hotpot is a specialty of the area but there are plenty of other options.

Clientele is mainly local with a small number of devoted travellers. This is a good place to sample a range of Hanoi favourites. I stop by Ky Dong, for banh cuon and pho xao. Ky Dong has been operating for 70 years and the same family still runs the show. 

Mr Hung from one of the oldest stalls on Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Mr Hung from one of the oldest stalls on Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi


Food Street's is busiest late at night with revellers passing by for a post-party bite.

Things are changing fast on Tong Duy Tan. The cafe scene is expanding. Food St is slowly but surely going upmarket. Puku has been an all-night cafe for over a decade and Xofa next door is another popular cafe stop with young locals. Ne Cocktail Bar is set amidst the local eateries and is a good spot for a drink after dinner. Vui Studio is a favourite spot for coffee and getting some work done in the day.

In theory Tong Duy Tan is a pedestrian thoroughfare, but this seems to encourage especially mindless motorcycle antics. Be careful.


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