Dao Duy Tu Street has a length of 290m from O Quan Chuong Gate to Luong Ngoc Quyen Street. In the French time, this was two separate streets- Rue De L’Ancien canal and Dao DuyTu Street. After the revolution, the two became the single one- Dao DuyTuStreet.
The street was a strategic point during the be-siege of Hanoi against the comeback of French. The revolution force held it as long as they could afford so their counterparts could make an evacuation of resources and human to guerilla zones in the North.
There is a historic site on the street which is the HuongNghia communal temple. The temple honors CaoTu, a historic figure dated back about 4000 years ago. He was an excellent general in charge of the gate of To River. Cao got married to a princess then held the fortress against the Chinese invader. The battle failed, he died then being honored to be the local god.
During the height of Hanoi as the commercial hub between 19th and 20th century, DaoDuyTuStreet was a prime location for grain merchants. Here were the large shops of Vietnamese and Chinese who made their fortune from trading grains, corn and potato. The wealth brought into the street well-built houses and storages.
Nowadays, Dao DuyTuStreet has been known as the meet-up place for young people of the capital. The famous drink from this very street is the lime-tea. Young people love to gather here at night for their favorite drink of tea. It is very much tasty. You can also order some Thai-style desserts which are so mouth-watering. The most beloved ones are the sweet corn soup and the taro soup. It is easy to claim that they make the best sweet soup in town.
If you happen to be in the street by lunch time, stop at 47 Dao DuyTu for a tasty lunch of BBQ chicken and chop. The BBQ meat is made at the scene, then you can have some tasty meat with well-cooked rice and some piquant pickles.