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Once bustling Hanoi Train Street turns quiet as authorities shut cafés

By Ngoc Thanh   September 25, 2022 | 09:30 pm PT
10 days after Hanoi authorities ordered the closure of all coffee shops along Train Street as a safety measure, the once crowded tourist spot has become an oasis of quiet.
Once bustling Hanoi Train Street turns quiet as authorities shut cafés

Train Street was virtually deserted on Sunday morning and the cafés along the tracks had closed down.

Hanoi authorities ordered all businesses along the street closed from September 15 due to "safety concerns."

The street, where trains run along a track just feet from homes and businesses in the heart of the Hanoi's Old Quarter, has long been a popular tourist site and a regular favorite on social media.

Once bustling Hanoi Train Street turns quiet as authorities shut cafés

A café owner stands in front of her house where she had invested money to turn it into a selfie tourist hotpot.

According to Hoan Kiem district authorities, 30 business households along the track violated rail safety regulations and posed accident risks.

Once bustling Hanoi Train Street turns quiet as authorities shut cafés

A café that is now closed.

Once a quiet neighborhood , Train Street became famous in 2014 when the sight of a train running through the heart of a densely packed residential area featured in foreign newspapers and magazines, especially in the U.S. and U.K.

Since then people there started decorating their homes and turned them into tourist-friendly cafés.

Once bustling Hanoi Train Street turns quiet as authorities shut cafés

Phung Anh Tuan, a café owner, says: "My family has four people and we mainly depend on this café to earn a living. We borrowed money to invest in the café.

“My family now waits for new policies from Hanoi authorities that allows resumption of business activities along Train Street.”

Last week businesses on the street petitioned authorities to consider making it a fun and safe tourist destination instead of shutting it down.

Once bustling Hanoi Train Street turns quiet as authorities shut cafés

Tables and chairs stacked on top of each other at a closed café.

Once bustling Hanoi Train Street turns quiet as authorities shut cafés

The cafés have the train schedules written in English outside.

Locals says when a train is about to arrive they warn tourists to move off the tracks.

Once bustling Hanoi Train Street turns quiet as authorities shut cafés

At 8:10 a.m. on Sunday a train passes through what is now a forlorn area.

 
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