The food and beer hub inside Hanoi's Old Quarter, a symbol of the capital nightlife, looks forlorn as city authorities suspended street beer stalls, cafés and banned gatherings of more than 10 people over Covid fears.
Ta Hien Street on the morning of May 12, with all shops closed and only a few parked motorbikes. The sidewalk looks uncharacteristically bare without its usual crowd of tourists, and passersby.
A street vendor walks past a closed beer stall.
A couple walk on Ta Hien Street at 7 p.m.
The intersection between Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets no longer sees customers sitting, talking and laughing like before.
A man rides his bicycle along Ta Hien Street. Before the coronavirus outbreak, sidewalk eateries were often fully packed up until 1-2 a.m.
Dao Duy Tu Street, a famous food hub in the Old Quarter, wears a deserted look though nighttime is usually the busiest time for food stalls here.