Nestling among luxurious shops and hotels on Trang Tien street, one of the most busy roads in the Old Quarter, the address of 35 Trang Tien is a familiar destination for local people and becoming more and more famous to tourists. The address is a shop of a local well-known ice-cream established in 1958, this is where the business started and grown up and also the only address of the authentic Trang Tien ice-cream. The brand name of Trang Tien is named after the street’s name, a very simple way of naming.
It’s is not hard to buy Trang Tien ice-cream but local people always love to come to 35 Trang Tien because to them, Trang Tien is not just ice-cream, what they enjoy are the atmosphere, the memories and of course the tasty cold ice-cream.
At the beginning, ice-cream was still an expensive junk food that not many people can afford and they also loved to eat in the summer only. But time flies, the better living standards change the way things operate. Today youngsters are willing to come to the shop whenever they want, whether it is summer or winter.
For decades the shop offered no chair, no table. There used to be long queues of people waiting for their turn to buy ice-cream at the front of the shop and nobody seemed to be unsatisfied of having to wait, on the contrary, they were all happy and chatted noisily to wait.
Recently, the owner of Trang Tien ice-cream has spent over 10 billion VND to buy the brand a new outlook but guest what? There are still no chair and table, local customers are all happy about the changes and made no complaint about the chair issue. Maybe to those people, standing to enjoy Trang Tien ice-cream is a kind of culture.
The brand offer several kinds of ice-cream:fresh ice-cream, stick or cone ice-cream, the best seller, however is the stick ice-cream. It has been more than 60 years but they only produce the basic flavors of stick ice-cream the exactly they were originally, including Com (the flavor of com-or green rice flakes), greenbean, coconut milk and taro. The ice-cream is the childhood and an inseparable part in Hanoians’ memory.
Buy selling the delicious ice-cream and the ticket to the childhood, Trang Tien ice-cream strongly exists despite changes of times, make its way to become an important part of local people and a small interest to foreign tourists. If you set foot in Hanoi, don’t miss the unique spot that only Hanoi can offer.
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