Guided tour

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour

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From US$ 35 per person

Sample authentic local dishes away from the tourist trail with your local guide. Interact with the locals on the street at a variety of atmospheric food stalls on this 3-hour food walking tour of Hanoi.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine on the street, just like the locals do
  • Stroll through hidden alleyways and bustling markets of Hanoi’s charming old quarter
  • Learn more about Hanoi’s unique food culture
  • Take in a spectacular night view of Hoan Kiem Lake from a secret cafe
  • Discover cafe where the owner has turns plastic bottles into beautiful decorations
Full description

Meet with your local guide, then dive straight into Hanoi’s culinary scene with a visit to Dong Xuan, the largest covered market in the city. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce, from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices.

Hear about traditional Vietnamese food culture, like ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Try seasonal fruits and sample a banh mi, a famous Vietnamese baguette, with your choice of fillings. One of the most beloved combos is pate, ham, sliced cucumber, and chili sauce.

Next, walk through the bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Taste the famed Hanoi dish banh cuon at a local eatery and watch the chefs make this dish. Wander past street stalls and residential lanes and observe how little local life has changed since Hanoi was founded 1,000+ years ago.

Stop at a stall selling bun cha, a classic Vietnamese dish served with grilled fatty pork (chả) over a plate of white rice noodles (bún) and herbs with a dipping sauce. Save room for the grilled nem chua, a fermented pork roll, and a fresh fruit salad, two of the most well-known snacks in the city.

Go to one of Hanoi’s best-kept secrets, a hidden café with stunning views over the Hoan Kiem Lake. This café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that you will sample. At the end of your Hanoi tour, explore the area or return to your hotel.

Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • All food samples as per itinerary
  • Vietnamese coffee/drink
  • All other drinks
  • Extra food portions
  • Tips for local guide
Not suitable for
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of Memorial Statue by the right side of Dong Xuan market – 15 Cau Dong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. They will be wearing a red t-shirt with the activity operator's logo on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Reusable water bottle

Know before you go

  • Please notify the local tour operator in advance of any food allergies
  • This tour visits independent, family-owned businesses whose operating schedules and menus may change
  • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
  • It is highly recommended you bring a reusable water bottle on the walking tour, as the local partner is on the way to reducing single-use plastic. You'll have the chance to fill up your bottle at the meeting point
  •  Effective September 1, 2021, travelers aged 18+ must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Intrepid Urban Adventures tours. Children aged 6 to 17 must present a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 55 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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We throughly enjoyed this very informative & very tasty food with an e

Would highly recommend this walking tour with trying local food. Our guide was excellent. Would answer all questions & very friendly with all. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about doing this tour but both my husband & I agreed it was so worth it. A great range of local food. You definitely didn’t need dinner after this brilliant tour. Thanks Faith

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April 18, 2018

This tour was beyond my expectations. Our guide, Chouy, I think was his name, was superior. Easy to understand and loud enough for me to hear him. He was aware when I couldn’t and repeated himself with patience. We not only had a delicious introduction to new foods, but an informative discussion about the Old quarter and the residences along the train track. That was an experience I will bnevery

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January 21, 2018

A fantastic experience

We met Thanh near the market hall in Han Noi. And the fun started right away with a small snack (white bread with chili paste and koriander, delicious). Then we tasted a couple of exotic fruits and walked to the centre. Thanh expalined in detail and with a smile. Then we tasted exotic things like grilled silk worms (just if you wanted). Of spring rolls had to be checked as well. While walking through Han Noi Thanh also gave us a very good overview on the history of vietnamese food. The highlight was sitting on the corner of a lively street like real Vietnamese and a grill nearby with a delicous variety of grilled pork, corn, pak choi, ostrich, beef, squid and tofu. As a desert we had fruits with milk and a special cafe on the roof top of a building near the Hoan Kiem lake. We consider this tour to be an unfogetable expericence and highly recommend this to all who are interested in real Han Noi street food!

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March 17, 2015

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