Vietnam Streetvendors from above
75 images Created 5 Jul 2019
Downtown Hanoi, Vietnam. The early risers are driving from the suburbs into town, mostly Old Quarter, to trade their goods for cash. The outdoor salesforce has spent a good amount of time arranging their assortment to present it in an artistic way. Some stack up a variety of flowers from the local fair on the back of their bicycle. Others bring in their mobile kitchen to prepare savory food on the spot. And, not less are armed with barber equipment to offer haircuts on the sidewalk. When crossing the highway I’ve been observing the street vendors from above doing their daily business and became all of a sudden fascinated. With the curiosity for extraordinary lifestyles and in respond to my desire of Vietnamese streetfood I spent hours and hours on different bridges to capture the daily routine of street vendors on a bird’s eye view. Since I have been living in Hanoi for a good while, people often ask me, where to go and what to do when they are about to visit this fascinating blend of East and West, a city that combines fidgety Vietnamese activities within French architectural flair. My advice? Observe, get lost in the narrow alleys of Old Quarter and eat as much streetfood as possible. Even if you haven’t been to any of the major Asian cities, you’ve probably heard of the streetfood paradise, where plentiful choices remain unrivaled by any other continent. But yet, the street vendors are about to vanish and, with them a good part of the cultural dynamism which makes this megalopolis so unique. Richly stuffed Banh Mih sandwiches, delicious Bun Cha (barbecued pork patties with vermicelli noodles) or the worldwide famous Pho (beef noodle soups), will be served exclusively in restaurants, it’s just a matter of time. The sooner the better, pack your essentials and make your way to the chaotic capital of Hanoi before everything looks like sterile Singapore.