We start our evening Hanoi street food tour at a hidden coffee shop with a welcome drink and the chance to fill up your reusable water bottle. Walking into this cafe you will see plastic bottles, turned into flowers and dragonflies, hanging from the ceiling. These decorations create pops of color throughout the cafe. What a good way to start your evening tour!
Stroll through hidden alleyways and visit the city’s local market, Hang Be. 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 local doughnut where you have the chance to learn the process of how the local family makes their doughnuts, including sweet and savory varieties.
The next stop on our Hanoi street food tour is a food stall selling bun dau met (noodles with fried tofu and shrimp paste) or bun cha (a grilled pork and noodle dish). We sit down with the Hanoi locals and also have a chance to sample mam tom (shrimp paste) or nuoc mam (fish sauce).
Next, we will head over to Lo Ren street where we will stop for some banh mi, a tasty Vietnamese baguette sandwich with many different choices of fillings.
Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds 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 1,000 years ago.
Now, it's time for a cup of Bia hoi (light Vietnamese draft beer) while we sit down and mingle with locals. This local beer-drinking tradition is one not to be missed. After that, we'll wander the back road along the Hanoi train track trails, one of the most unique places in Vietnam.
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 our Hanoi tour, you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, all food samples as per itinerary and 3 drink items such as fruit juice, Bia hoi (local light beer) with a local snack, one Vietnamese coffee, drinking water to refill your bottle at the first meeting point.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, additional food and drinks, tips / gratuities for local guide
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: We highly recommend you to bring a reusable bottle of water to refill on this walking tour as we are on the way to reduce single-use plastic bottles. The chance to fill up your water bottle is provided at the first meeting point and 3 local drinks are included in the itinerary.
Closure of sites: Please note that this tour visits independent, family-owned businesses whose operating schedules and menus may change. Therefore, street food venues and local dishes often vary; your local guide will make any final adjustments on the spot.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.