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Brew Pub, Cafe, Vietnamese, Street Food
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Vegetarian Friendly

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1.0 km from Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was very lucky to have visited this place as it is now closed by the government for safety reasons. Great place to take some instagram photos and have a coffee while you see the trains go by within a few meters away.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 23 March 2020

You can find their own IPA beer. Thao, the owner is so nice, she like to share experience and give some advices. You can stay there few hours. You can seat outside in train street and also inside, it's so cute. It's not expensive for...a touristic place. I go there several times at different moment. You can find Vietnamese lesson and cooking lesson alsoMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 10 March 2020 via mobile

Visited last night. Outline of the evening- Sat outside their 2nd cafe for an hour or so chatting to the other travellers that the lovely host (Thao) introduces you too. Then off to their original cafe site about 3 mins walk away that is actually...on the trackside. Take a few photos of the tracks whilst standing on them waiting for the train (times of arrival are approximate). Then Thao shouts ‘off the track’ and everyone scuttles to the side and stands against the walls of the street 2 mins later the train comes past at about 15mph about 2ft or less from you. The train is not at top speed but would certainly kill or injure you if you don’t listen to Thao! Thao manages to turn a arguably either dangerous or humdrum 2 minute activity into an engaging, social evening with good photo / video ops as she also tells about the history and social aspects of train street. Recommend. Ps limited space so contact her in advance to book a space.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 10 March 2020 via mobile

Choo Choo is such a lovely place to sit and watch the train go past. Amazing coconut coffee and lemon snow! Really good prices and a nice relaxing spot full of beautiful Vietnamese culture ❤️

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 1 March 2020

The train street was closed during our visit in Hanoi, but fortunately the Choo Choo Café was not. What a warm place with friendly staff and an owner driven to make a difference in her local community. Oh, and the ice coffe is truly excellent!...:-)More

Date of visit: February 2020
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therailwayhanoi, Owner at The Railway Hanoi ( Choo Choo Cafe ), responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2020

CHOO CHOO Martin, Cam on for visiting us, our train and our community! You brought energy and joy to our place. We're happy to share our story with you and listen to yours as well. If you love Vietnamese Ice coffee, next time you go...More

Reviewed 25 February 2020 via mobile

We just popped in for an afternoon drink, but really loved it - the staff were incredibly friendly and the drinks were delicious! Watch your head on the way to the toilets (!) But well worth a visit - lovely spot!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

CHOO CHOO!!! The food, drinks and staff at this place are all amazing! We had the vegan banh mi and a cocktail called runaway train (if I remember correctly). It all tasted incredible, arrived quickly and was good value for money. Staff were super friendly...and helpful!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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therailwayhanoi, Owner at The Railway Hanoi ( Choo Choo Cafe ), responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2020

CHOO CHOO Francesca, We're glad you speak our CHOO CHOO language now. To us, CHOO CHOO means everything: xin chao, cam on and also mens you're amazing! :) Cam on for being a CHOO CHOO company with us. Our food are homemade with love. The...More

Reviewed 15 February 2020 via mobile

Stopped here for a few beers to watch the train go by. The train is absolutely massive and it is really cool watching the train go down the small tight road and also watching everyone move all their stuff and themselves out the way as...the train approaches. We stumbled across it by accident but I’m glad we did!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 7 February 2020 via mobile

Crafty beer prices...great experience sitting track side but rip off beer prices 4x price normal beer in bar 50 yards away..such a shame to be ripped off😢More

Date of visit: February 2020
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therailwayhanoi, Owner at The Railway Hanoi ( Choo Choo Cafe ), responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2020

CHOO CHOO Clare, This is Thao, owner and founder of The Railway Hanoi 🚂. We met. Thanks for the review! First of all, I want to say our CRAFT BEER price is public on the menu. 100k/bottle = 4USD. Your friend checked the menu and...More

Reviewed 2 February 2020 via mobile

Service is amaizing! Don't miss this place!!! For coffee and gin I'd great. They even have all set up when the train is coming.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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therailwayhanoi, Owner at The Railway Hanoi ( Choo Choo Cafe ), responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2020

CHOO CHOO Mia, Thanks for the sweet review! The whole CHOO CHOO team are reading all reviews together and try to remember who is who 😁. Our fresh homemade ginger tea is our family secret recipe. We have shared with some lovely guests after they...More

Reviewed 31 January 2020

Been here during my trip to vietnam.Good coffee and food. Nice staff. Hard to find but really recommend people

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 14 January 2020 via mobile

This cafe is very original in the train street. And it's opening hours arranged according to the train time table. If there is no train, there is a service. I had iced milk coffee and this one was the best one I have ever had...in my life even I am not fun of milk coffee. I recommend to spend time in the nice atmosphere and have an excellent coffee...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 12 January 2020 via mobile

We had a wonderful time at this quaint cafe. The staff were warm and friendly. The way they say/sing “choo choo” to announce the arrival of the food was so cute. The banh mi and coffee were also very good. But what really made this...place awesome is the staff who accompanied all guests to the railroad to see the train. Definitely recommend it here.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 9 January 2020 via mobile

The staff is super nice and very enthusiastic. They provide you with lots of recommendations on what to do in Hanoi. They also have free Vietnamese language lessons! The best part for me is that they have vegan options, the picture is not even all...the food we got (I already ate the vegan bahn mi) It’s a pity it’s not at the train railway anymore but that’s because of government issues :( We had a great time & great food & service!!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 6 January 2020 via mobile

We had awesome days at this Café! The atmosphere is soooo good. The food ist nice, coffee is perfect, stuff is so lovely and the local food tour we did with them was amazing! One of our best experiences of four weeks in Vietnam! We‘re...so thankful finding this place <3More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Response from The Railway H | Property representative |
Choo choo Philip, Thank you for visiting The Railway Hanoi ! We're glad you had a great time with us. In the short term, we're sorry to announce that our Choo Choo Cafe by the tracks is closed as its the rest of... More
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Hi Theresa. I'm the Choo Choo lady, owner of The Railway Hanoi. We only accept cash. Thank you for trying understanding! We hope to see you soon. Choo Choo!
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5