The name “Hanoi Train Street Coffee” originated from the initial opening of a few coffee shops in houses located right next to the train tracks in the heart of Hanoi. As the number of visitors to this area increased significantly, the number of coffee shops also rapidly grew, leading to the emergence of the name “Hanoi Train Street Coffee”.
Hanoi Train Street Coffee stretches from Dien Bien Phu Street to Phung Hung Street in Hanoi. Although this section of the road is only a few hundred meters long, there are dozens of active coffee shops, becoming a popular destination for young people and foreign tourists. The main pleasure of visitors here is to sit, chat, take photos, and admire the slow-moving trains passing by closely, experiencing a sense of “thrilling challenge”.
This unique sensation may arouse curiosity, but it also poses a safety risk to the railway as many people stand and take photos right on the train tracks where trains pass. The coffee shops operate in such close proximity to the railway that it does not guarantee a safe space for the trains. Consequently, the Hanoi authorities had to make a decision to prohibit coffee businesses on both sides of the railway corridor.
Should train street coffee be banned?
Some tourists have expressed that Hanoi currently lacks unique and unusual tourist attractions. Therefore, having a place that not only offers coffee but also allows visitors to learn about the lives of Hanoi residents and the distinctive feature of the railway line passing through the city is seen as an attraction. Instead of banning it, Hanoi should accept and allow the train street coffee shops to operate as a tourism experience and generate employment and income for local residents. However, some people believe that this form of experience is dangerous and needs to be tightly managed to ensure the safety of both residents and tourists.
Where can you experience train street coffee? When is the best time?
To find Hanoi Train Street Coffee, you can use Google Maps and search for the keyword “Hanoi train street” for directions. The best time to visit Hanoi Train Street is around 7 am to 11 pm.
Currently, some train street coffee shops still operate discreetly despite the ban. However, if you want to experience Hanoi Train Street Coffee, there are still some shops located a bit further away from the train tracks, ensuring safety while still allowing you to enjoy the sensation of savoring Hanoi Train Street Coffee.
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Some train street coffee shops for you to experience:
- 30 Train Coffee: 159 Phung Hung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Spot 09 – 74 Phung Hung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
And some cafes located further from the train street:
- Hoa Xa Cafe: Near Long Bien train station, Tran Nhat Duat, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
- Laika Cafe: 18 Hang Cot, Hang Ma, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
- Serein Cafe & Lounge: 16 Long Bien Collective Apartments, Tran Nhat Duat, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
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Train street coffee is not an outstanding tourist product. It is merely a spontaneous trend that has not been officially licensed. However, it offers a unique experience for tourists, especially international visitors who are curious after learning about it on social media. Nevertheless, the safety of tourists should always be a top priority. Therefore, for train street coffee to be officially permitted and included in tourism tours, a clear plan from the Hanoi authorities is necessary.