Vietnamese street cuisine is popular all over the world. There’s much more to it than just pho, bread and egg coffee.
Learn about Vietnamese culture through its food in Hanoi street food tours, visitors ‘ll not only get to try local dishes but also learn how they are made.
Hop on the back of our guide’s motorbike or walk down lanes and discover hole-in-the-wall bars, alleyway cafes and teas, and other Hanoi Old Quarter secrets from the traditional guilds of ‘36 Old Streets’. Take some hours of Hanoi street food tours will immerse yourself in the Old Quarter’s thrilling life.
- Discover the culture of Vietnam through local food
- Visit the bustling Dong Xuan market
- Watch twilight fall over Hoan Kiem Lake
- Sample local specialities
Why Hanoi Old Quarter?
Firstly, Hanoi Old Quarter is considered the heart of Vietnam’s 1,000 year-old capital. Food lovers refer to this area as heaven because of the diversity of Hanoi street foods and their complex flavors, from snacks to main dishes and sweet desserts. There are a lot of family-owned restaurants which have been run for generations. Their special recipes and secret ways of cooking delicious, authentic Hanoi food cannot be found anywhere else.
Similarity, Hanoi’s Old Quarter is also home to a beloved holy attraction — Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake). This is a deep pride for all Hanoians and the starting point for measuring any distance. Also, there is a traditional food market in the area. Each one can imagine the freshness of ingredients provided to the nearby restaurants every early morning.
Lastly, we know that Hanoi Old Quarter’s 36 streets will leave visitors satisfied, with a full heart and and fuller stomach.
Hanoi street food tours
The three-hour tour costs US$79 per person for a private tour. The tour cost ’s up to how many people to share in a tour. Four is the recommended maximum, so as to be able to fully engage with the street food experience, but more can be accommodated. Our tours can be arranged at any time of day and in one hour upwards.
- 3 hour guided food tour around the area
- 8 stops and 10 tastings
- A passionate and experienced English-speaking local guide
- Great insight into local food, history, and culture
- Private tour or Small groups (10 people max)
- An authentic, unforgettable experience that will leave you full and happy
- Green papaya salad with beef
- Vietnamese noodle soup (pho)
- Vietnamese pancake with meat and mushroom
- Sticky rice cakes
- Fresh fruit
- Grilled pork with rice noodle (Obama’s dish)
- Sugar cane juice with cumquat
- Egg coffee
Upgraded drink package: For those interested in trying additional local beverages: Saigon Special beer and a signature cocktail. ($9.5 )
We start our tours at any time you want. We will send you the meeting place details before the day of the trip. Our culinary tour lasts for 3 hours, each one has some walking, so be sure to bring comfortable footwear. Because of the nature of creating a well balanced and thoughtful gastronomy experience, lots of our tours are unable to accommodate certain dietary restrictions. Please contact us before booking your Hanoi street food tours to see if we are able to accommodate your dietary needs.
When you come on our special Hanoi street Food Tours: you will be immersed in a wide range of local culinary specialties which showcase Vietnam’s most loved foods.
- Firstly, the tour starts with an introduction to the local food scene over a light and refreshing appetizer, nom bo kho — beef with green papaya salad
- Secondly, to show the background of Vietnamese cooking ingredients, the guide will take you to visit Hang Be Market where you can find all kinds of goods ranging from tropical fruits, meat, to dried food items for worshipping.
- Thirdly, you’ll see how the locals make your steamed meat and mushroom pancake, and enjoy it right after, when it is hot and fresh.
- Along the Old Quarter, you can see many hawkers selling fresh fruits (not available during rainy days). You can take pictures and sample the selection.
- After that, we follow President Obama’s footsteps and enjoy Bun Cha — rice noodles topped with grilled pork.
- Next, we indulge in a classic with the deep flavors of bread. Enjoy the crisp baguette and colorful combination of cheese, sausage, pickled vegetables, chicken, fried egg, or beef.
- Then, we’ll take a seat in a cozy café to try some regional rice wine alongside a sausage and cashews
- Your Hanoi street food tour would be incomplete without slurping a bowl of pho which is considered Vietnam’s unofficial national dish
- Finally, our final stop takes us to a hidden venue for a delicious surprise.
Please note that the itinerary is based on the locations availability and weather.