Experience one of the world's greatest street food cities and unlock the hidden secrets of the Old Quarter and its cuisine. Sample authentic local dishes away from the tourist trail, hunkering down with the locals on the street at a variety of atmospheric food stalls.
We start our evening walking tour at Hanoi's largest covered market, Dong Xuan. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your expert English-speaking 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.
We eat as we 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, we tempt our taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish 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, we 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. Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. It's then time for dessert as we 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 café with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that we will sample whilst admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. 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.
1 coffee or beer
Meal (refer to the details in the schedule)
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
Check-in at Sacombank ATM Machine, Dong Xuan Market
Dong Xuan Market
Start with a guided walking tour at Dong Xuan market. See a wide variety of street hawkers lined up. It is a feast for the senses, with the massive variety of live seafood, exotic fruits, and spices. Walk along the stalls and learn about the Vietnamese food culture.
Eat as You Go
Learn more about what you eat as you try seasonal fruits and sample a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart.
Try the Famous Banh Cuon
Continue walking to the vibrant streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Try the famous Hanoi dish, Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Be in for a treat as the skilled chefs demonstrate how the dish is made.
Outdoor Barbeque Stalls
Sample various grilled meat, vegetables, and bread specialties with Hanoi locals as the ingredients are flame grilled over hot coals.
Fresh Fruit for Dessert
Walk through an alley and join Hanoi locals eat dessert. Hanoi's specialty is made up of fresh fruit, crushed ice, and condensed milk served in a cup.
Hanoi's Hidden Cafe
Last stop is a well-kept secret among the locals, a hidden cafe with amazing views of the Hoan Kiem Lake. Café Pho Co is one of the few cafes that still serves a local delicacy, the egg coffee. A cold bottle of beer may be exchanged.
Explore More (Optional)
There is an option for own exploration of the area, or the tour guide may assist in getting a ride back to the respective hotels.
Tour Ends in Cafe Pho Co
Price & Options
This tour cannot accommodate vegetarian and vegan meal requests. Please indicate other dietary restrictions upon booking.
Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.
Please note that this tour visits independent, family-owned businesses whose operating schedules and menus may change. Street food venues and local dishes may vary; your guide will make any final adjustments on site.
Gratuity is not included in the price.
You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 12.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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