Who is the Choo Choo Lady?
Thao Quach created The Railway Hanoi on 11th November 2017.
She was still a student when, walking along the train tracks, she came across a group of tourists who wanted to know at what time the train would come. They were asking questions to the locals, who could not understand them. Approaching the group, Thao helped translating and realized how happy it made them all – tourists and locals alike – to be able to communicate.
Since then, she has wanted to create a space in Hanoi where people from all backgrounds and countries would be able to bridge, connect and share moments with one another. One day, as she was visiting the tracks again, she spotted an old family house for sale. This house located at 26/alley 10 Dien Bien Phu became the 1st coffee shop to open on Hanoi Train Street.
Now, The Railway Hanoi is a group of activities allowing tourists to live a unique experience with the Vietnamese Doi Moi train and the local families along the tracks. It is the only place in Hanoi where there is no gap between the houses, the people and the train.
Do you want to know more about Thao? Come meet her at the coffeeshop!
Meet the Railway Hanoi Family
We are not only a team or staff, we are one family.
We welcome you with all our heart and want to make your experience on the Train Street unforgettable.
I founded The Railway Hanoi.
Maybe you know me under the name of “Choo Choo Lady”!
My favourite food is the food I can share with others… so come to our place along the tracks and share some with us! That way, you will meet the heart of Hanoi Train Street…
When the train comes, everybody is so excited (including me!) and it’s the moment I prefer while working at The Railway Hanoi… If we meet, bring me some snacks with pork and I’ll certainly be your friend!
You can meet me at the Choo Choo café. My motto is “Smile, smile, smile!” even when you have to work really hard. My favourite moment of the day is when I see everybody happy together: neighbours, customers, local kids and friends sharing the same joy.
Fabienne Fong Yan
I’m a French traveler, food writer and digital strategist. I came to Hanoi by chance and ended up falling in love with the Train Street. I created the food tours with Thao to connect tourists with the locals through food. You can meet me anywhere anytime, between Asia and Europe.
I want to become a social worker, it’s my major. I hope that everyone can have a lively life. That’s why I stay at The Railway Hanoi: to learn, share and support the community.
“Even with empty pockets, strive to keep a dream to myself”.
I like people, nature and animals… Actually I like everything! 😁
I am learning Mandarin and want to become a translator because I find it exciting to bring a message from one language to another.
I’m a French foodie settled in Hanoi. My passion is food, eating and cooking! I am also a food tour guide at The Railway Hanoi: let’s go together discover delicious local food!
I’m originally from Thuy Hoa, a region on the southern coast of Vietnam… where you can find the best seafood in Vietnam! I am passionate about good food, speak fluently French and English… that’s why I became a food tour guide at The Railway Hanoi.
They have worked with us, now we wish them the best of luck in all their adventures:
I am a chef by trade, and after working at The Railway Hanoi, I’m now pursuing my original career. My favourite quote: “Life is short, so smile while you still have teeth!”
I serve great coffee at the café on the train tracks… and am always ready to tell stories about Vietnamese culture or life as a young in Hanoi. Let’s have a chat!
We are open
Every day from 9:00 to 21:00
THE RAILWAY HANOI 1 – Temporarily closed
26, Alley 10, Dien Bien Phu st., Ba Dinh district, Hanoi
A small green house with flower pots hanging from the balcony
THE RAILWAY HANOI 2
65 Ton That Thiep st., Ba Dinh district, Hanoi
Only 30 m away from the Train Street.
WEEK DAYS 6:00 – 19:00 – 19:20 – 20:10 – 21:15 – 22:00
WEEKENDS 9:15 – 11:30 – 15:15 – 16:20 – 17:45 – 18:15 – 19:00 – 20:00 – 21:15 – 22:00
Please note that the train times are approximative.
Come 30 mins before to be ready!
Notice: Despite the temporary closure of the Train Street, you can still come to view the train (we will tell you how).