Train Street, also known as Hanoi’s most beautiful and famous street for the infamous Instagram shots is closed now. The government official announced the concerns of safety and overtourism in the street recently and in a short period of time, many cafes and shops located on the street had to close down.
This street was a famous tourist spot as visitors could sit right by the railway and witness the unbelievable scene of trains passing in front of their eyes. Closure of the Train Street was a good shock for both locals and travellers, but there are some alternative places to enjoy the railway and train view. So here’s a list of places you can resort to and still get a somewhat similar experience.
Opposite of the main Train Street along the railway, there’s Cafe A99. The main Train Street between Dien Bien Phu and Phung Hung streets is closed, but this part of railway is perhaps not yet been touched for the closure. Although there’s a risk of this place closing down soon, it is still open for guests and is the closest experience to the original Train Street.
Address: 29A Phố Nguyễn Thái Học, Cửa Nam, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Serein Cafe & Lounge
Long Bien train station is another popular attraction in Hanoi with people trying to get a shot of themselves on the famous railway bridge. You can visit the station for a photoshoot then head to this cafe only few minutes from the station. From the balcony of Serein Cafe & Lounge, you can get an overview of the Long Bien bridge.
Address: 16 Trần Nhật Duật, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Railway Bridge BBQ
A notorious Vietnamese BBQ street under the railway bridge is a unique dining experience for both the food and location. While enjoying the delectable local cuisine, you might be able to watch the train pass by above your head and that could definitely be a memorable moment.
Address: Phố Gầm Cầu, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
A Vietnamese version of speakeasy bar can be another great location to watch train passing by. Inside the bar is absolutely ambient with great music, but there’s a balcony from where you can see the railway bridge. The street is quiet and empty without many people at night and the sound of train passing will alert the entire neighbourhood.
Address: 163 Phùng Hưng, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phung Hung Mural Street
Phung Hung Mural Street is a beautiful street under and alongside the railway bridge with paintings on the walls. It is certainly a great Instagram spot, a place to cherish paintings of old Hanoi and observe a train crossing on top of the bridge.
Address: Phùng Hưng, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Ho Ba Mau
South of Hanoi train station, there’s a small beautiful lake called Ho Ba Mau alongside the railway. The street at the south of the lake has some great local restaurants and cafes with a view over the lake and railway further away. The atmosphere is relaxing and it is a local neighbourhood. Here, not only will you get a true local experience, but you might be able to see the train pass beyond the lake, painting the view to another level.
Address: 3A Hồ Ba Mẫu, Phương Liên, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam