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Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

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    Meet your guide in the Hoan Kiem district in the evening to start your stroll through the districts of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, each known for their historic trades including blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers, silk traders, and jewelers. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of products from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices.

    Your English-speaking expert local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Eat as you go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter will tempt your taste-buds with the famed Hanoi dishes such as Bun Cha Ta, Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together.

    Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. 

    The next two snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. Sit down with the locals and sample various meats, vegetables, and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor.  It’s then time for dessert as you venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk. This specialty is one not to be missed.

    Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant, to taste some of the top street foods in Hanoi such as Banh my Hanoi, Vietnamese rice wine and the famous egg coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits.

    At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions, or a taxi back to your hotel (at own expense).
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We had a wonderful evening with our fabulous guide, Peter. Peter joyfully took us to a number of different street food stalls, cafes and hidden gems, where we sampled so many delicious meals and snacks. We were completely full after the tour. The route takes...More

    Thank kfayrodriguez
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Our guide Peter was the happiest person I’ve ever met, he is so excited to share his culture and all the amazing food that Hanoi has to offer! Loved every stop and he really took care of us. He sent us recipes after and recommended...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank katelynw_2416
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Really knowledgeable guide and had some great food! Was a decent length of time and our guide showed us some local attractions too with great info. Favourite was the egg coffee

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Julia T
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    We went as a group of four friends for the first time to Hanoi and knew we had to do a food tour. Overall it was an amazing experience that we would gladly do again. Ben (Ha) was the perfect guide telling us about the...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Sanketmishra512
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    We were three people (my wife, my daughter and I) and we really appreciated this night tour. We did it the day we arrived in Vietnam, and our goal was to taste local food but also to discover Hanoi night life. As we arrived on...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Christophe B
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