Hanoi’s Old Quarter streets were originally named for the city’s 13 guilds of jewellers, metalworkers, mat-makers and so on, prefixed with the words Pho Ghan, meaning Merchant St. Pho Ghan Bia wasn’t one of them, and still isn’t, but it should be. Bia, helpfully, means beer, and Hanoi’s growing locally made fresh-brewed bia scene is at its best at the intersections of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen in the Old Quarter. Here three corner spots filled with the city’s ubiquitous plastic stools and tables serve rustic half-pint glass tankards of ale (similar to lager but less fizzy) for about 20p. It’s a mesmerising spot from which to watch kids burn piles of fake money for luck, busy bikes whizzing by, mums helping little ones with their homework and all Hanoi life as it’s lived on the streets, ideally complementing your beer(s) with a plate of light-as-air freshly fried tofu, in a combo fit for kings. If the corner’s rammed, just head in any direction from it and you’ll find an alternative spot within metres.
Bia Hoi JunctionFresh-brewed local beer for 20p a glass and tofu snacks make this a very special Hanoi spot
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