An Alluring Culinary-Cultural Rendezvous at Ngu Xa Night Food Street in Hanoi’s Pearl Island

Visitors from both near and far can now experience the unique culture, sightseeing, and cuisine of the newly opened food street in the Ba Dinh district.

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Once a craft village renowned for its copper casting since the 15th century, the Ngu Xa area of the capital is now better known as an exciting cultural-cuisine rendezvous. Visitors and locals alike flock to the area to experience its vibrant atmosphere and enjoy its array of culinary delights.

Visitors to Pearl Island – Ngu Xa night food street and pedestrian area in Truc Bach Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Photo: Duy Khanh

The Pearl Island – Ngu Xa night food street and pedestrian area is a bustling destination located in Truc Bach Ward, Ba Dinh District of Hanoi, Vietnam. This vibrant area sees an influx of over 3,000 visitors on the weekends and around 2,500 during weekdays, according to the People’s Committee of Truc Bach Ward. This pedestrian zone offers a variety of delicious local cuisine, lively entertainment, and unique shopping experiences. Visitors from around the city come to explore the diverse culinary selection and take part in the endless activities.

The city’s new food and entertainment hub is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a good time. Offering a variety of delicious food options, as well as exciting entertainment, this hub is sure to keep you coming back for more. With a range of restaurants, bars, and clubs, you can find whatever type of cuisine or entertainment you’re craving. From classic favorites like pizza and burgers, to international flavors like Ethiopian and Indian, the city’s new food and entertainment hub has something for everyone. And with live music, stand-up comedy, and other entertainment, you can enjoy a night out with friends or family. So don’t miss out on the city’s latest and greatest hot spot – visit the food and entertainment hub today!

After only three months of trial, the Pearl Island – Ngu Xa area has become a popular culinary destination in Hanoi, according to Nguyen Dan Huy, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Truc Bach Ward. He said that the area has developed rapidly and has attracted numerous tourists and locals alike due to its unique atmosphere and diverse range of restaurants and eateries. From fine dining establishments to casual street food, the Pearl Island – Ngu Xa area has something to offer everyone. With its picturesque views, delightful cuisine, and friendly locals, it’s no wonder that this area has become a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience Hanoi’s vibrant culinary scene.

Diverse culinary and cultural events have recently been held in rapid succession, including the ‘Spring Culinary Competition’ involving eight of the most celebrated restaurants in the city, traditional folk art and music performances, and the Chung Cake Wrapping Competition for international tourists, among others.

“These activities have effectively enhanced the value of the cultural space while establishing an entertainment venue for domestic and foreign tourists,” he told The Hanoi Times.

In order to guarantee the utmost safety of visitors, meticulous attention is given to food hygiene and safety, environmental sanitation, security, order, urban civilization, and fire prevention,” the spokesperson added.

It’s well-known that the number of visitors to Pearl Island’s Ngu Xa night food street and pedestrian area spike sharply on weekends, especially on Sundays, when the number of visitors can reach up to thousands. The restaurants and street eateries in the neighboring streets of Tran Vu, Truc Bach, and Pho Duc Chinh have become bustling and overcrowded.

 Foreign visitors to the newly established culinary and walking space of Pearl Island – Ngu Xa. Photo: Duy Khanh

Dao Mai Trang, a visitor from Cau Giay District, shared with The Hanoi Times that she and her family often spend their weekends at the beautiful Pearl Island – Ngu Xa area. With its stunning landscapes and picturesque views, the area is the perfect place to relax and unwind during the weekend. From its lush green mountains to its crystal-clear streams, the area is sure to provide visitors with the perfect getaway. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as kayaking, fishing, and hiking, ensuring that there is something for everyone. With its serene atmosphere and stunning scenery, Ngu Xa is the ideal escape for those seeking a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The eatery is allowed to open right on the sidewalk, providing visitors with a unique and enjoyable experience, especially for foreign guests. Sitting outside and interacting with passers-by while enjoying a meal is an unforgettable experience, according to the woman.

Furthermore, public spaces and dining establishments are decorated with great care and extravagance in order to uplift the moods of both visitors and residents alike,” she added.

According to Trang, visitors to Hanoi should not miss the opportunity to try Pho Cuon, a dish invented by a housewife from Ngu Xa Street that has been a beloved delicacy of the city for decades.

In contrast to the ordinary Pho bo or traditional Vietnamese noodle broth with beef, Pho cuon is served cold with an aromatic sweet-and-sour dipping sauce. This simple yet delicious dish is composed of pho sheets or pieces of flat, steamed rice noodles, stir-fried beef and herbs.

A survey conducted by the local tourism sector has revealed that most of the first-time visitors to Pearl Island’s Ngu Xa food street were eager to return in order to sample the other specialties it has to offer, including deep-fried pho, crispy fried pho with egg, sour pho, and delectable hotpots.

 Hanoi’s specialties of pho cuon or steamed rice noodles with stir-fried beef and herbs, pho chien phong or crispy fried pho and pho tron or a sweet-and-sour mixture of rice noodles with beef, are served at Pearl Island -Ngu Xa food street. Photo: Pho cuon Huong Mai

The city of More bus routes is set to implement an expansive new network of public transportation routes. The new routes will provide citizens with more options for getting around the city and will help reduce dependence on personal vehicles and traffic congestion. The new network will also create new jobs and provide easier access to essential services. Ultimately, these changes will help to improve the quality of life for city residents.

In order to create a vibrant and bustling atmosphere, Ba Dinh District will collaborate with Hanoi Transport to add a bus stop to the newly established food street in Hanoi. This was disclosed by Co Nhu Dung, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ba Dinh District. He also mentioned that the district will ensure the variety of food and entertainment activities available on the street.

The proposed new bus route that connects Pearl Island -Ngu Xa food street with other popular tourist attractions in Hanoi’s downtown will be taken into account, he said.

The district will also assist the food street’s management board in planning larger-scale cultural and culinary events, allowing them to better meet the needs of both local and international travelers in terms of both culinary delights and amusement.

Pearl Island – Ngu Xa Night Food Quarter opened its doors last December, stretching across two streets – Nguyen Khac Hieu and Ngu Xa – and encircling the tranquil Truc Bach Lake. This bustling corner of the city is open from 6 pm on Fridays until midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. After a successful trial period, the city is considering extending the hours to a 24-hour period on Saturdays and Sundays, and closing the quarter to traffic from 6 pm to 5 am the following day.

The 4.5-hectare Pearl Island—Ngu Xa Peninsula, also known as the Truc Bach Peninsula, is a beloved destination for young Hanoians. Located on Truc Bach Lake to the southeast of West Lake, it is connected to the main lakeside by two small bridges. Here, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, such as swimming, kayaking, and fishing, as well as explore the stunning views of the lake and its surrounding areas. Additionally, the island is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax or for an adventure, Pearl Island—Ngu Xa Peninsula is the perfect destination.

 Young foreign visitors join a Pearl Island- Ngu Xa art performance. Photo: Duy Khanh

There are many renowned eateries and cafés dotted around the Truc Bach Lakes. Ngu Xa is famous for their delicious fresh rice noodle rolls and Thai-style seafood served with rice vermicelli, while Truc Bach offers a unique frog hot pot. Chau Long is renowned for its flavorful pork offal congee, and the Bao Oanh Café is a must-visit for its exquisite coconut ice cream.

This Pearl Island- Ngu Xa night food street is expected to become a breakthrough solution for the locality to promote economic development, focusing on trade and services activities. It is expected to open up new avenues for investment, create employment opportunities, and generate increased revenues. The street is anticipated to be a vibrant destination where locals and visitors can come to experience a unique taste of the area’s culture and enjoy the culinary delights of the region. By providing an attractive nightlife experience, the street will help boost the local economy and bring in more tourists. In addition, the street will provide a safe and secure environment for visitors and locals alike. With the help of this initiative, the region is sure to experience a surge in its economic growth.

Hanoi is home to a variety of culinary and pedestrian spaces, including the official culinary space on Tong Duy Tan Street and Cam Chi Alley in Hoan Kiem District, Hoan Kiem Lake and its surrounding area, Trinh Cong Son Street, the Son Tay Citadel, and the area around the Thien Quang Lake in Hai Ba Trung District.