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Saigon’s Hà Tôn Quyền Street To Open As A Walking Street This Year, Come By To Enjoy Famous Sủi Cảo

Hà Tôn Quyền Street turns into a walking street

Good news for foodies, especially há cảo fans: District 11’s Hà Tôn Quyền Street, widely known for its Chinese food stores, will soon be turned into a food street. 

In addition to the reopening of Vietnam to international tourism on 15th March, the upcoming launch of the new walking street is one of the government’s efforts to restart tourist activities after two years of stagnation due to the pandemic.

70+ stalls open at night for foodies

According to Thanh Niên, the government of District 11 plans to establish a walking street on Hà Tôn Quyền Street, stretching from Wards 4 to 6. 

This is going to be a night food street with about 70 food stalls plus 50 restaurants and bistros.

Ha Ton Quyen Street
The new walking street will focus on Chinese cuisine
Image credit: Mạnh Hùng Phan

As planned, the walking street will open from 4PM to 10PM every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The official launch hasn’t been announced yet, but we can expect it to be later this year.

The street is already popular

The government picked Hà Tôn Quyền Street because it is already a favourite place for many food lovers in the city. Situated in the Cholon area, the street is known for its tasty and flavourful Chinese dishes, most notably, shrimp sủi cảo, a kind of dumpling.

It is so famous that the street is nicknamed “phố sủi cảo,” or “Chinese dumpling street”.

Sui cao - Chinese Dumplings
Hà Tôn Quyền Street has long been famous for its dumpling dishes.
Image credit: Bùi Lương

Apart from the dumpling stalls, on this street, you can enjoy heaps of food and drinks such as bubble tea, har gaw or Cantonese-style shrimp dumplings, noodles, egg fried rice, and so on. The prices are quite affordable at VND60,000(~USD2.63). 

If you want to renew your wardrobe with a tight budget, you can also shop at the many clothing and handicraft shops here.

There will be new walking streets coming

Hà Tôn Quyền is not the only walking street in the government’s plans. According to VnExpress, before the pandemic struck, the HCMC government had intended to launch new walking streets focusing on street food and nightlife.

The Turle Lake - Walking Street
A mockup picture of a suggested renovation plan for the Turtle Lake
Image credit: VnExpress

For example, the Turtle Lake area is expected to be redeveloped to be a communal space just like the present Nguyễn Huệ walking street. Nguyễn Thượng Hiền Street, on the other hand, will be developed to be a street food location.

The street with the famous sủi cảo in town

Although still in the planning stage, we can expect to see the walking street later this year as Vietnam reopens to international tourists with more activities catering to visitors. 

For now, drop by Hà Tôn Quyền street any time to enjoy tasty dumplings and other Chinese dishes.

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Cover image adapted from Mạnh Hùng Phan and Bùi Lương  

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