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Hanoi: Small-Group Street Food Walking Tour

1. Hanoi: Small-Group Street Food Walking Tour

Take a 3-hour guided walk through Hanoi's old quarter with a local guide. Get an insight into the traditions of Vietnam’s food culture. Stop at a local restaurant to try banh cuon (filled rice noodles) and watch as skilled chefs demonstrate how this tasty dish is created. Next, enjoy pho (noodle soup), which is Vietnam’s most famous dish. Try both the beef and chicken versions. Other food specialties you’ll sample include crab rolls, pillow cakes, fried rice balls, and fresh rolls – served with a dish of raw vegetables and a special sauce. Visit a hidden street food restaurant to taste banh my (a Vietnamese sandwich) and the famous Vietnamese egg coffee.

Hanoi: Guided Street Food Tour

2. Hanoi: Guided Street Food Tour

Benefit from pick-up in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and get an introduction on how to greet someone in Vietnamese! Then, experience everyday life as you brave the traffic and walk the streets. Learn about the history and culture of Vietnam as you sample 10 or more dishes at some of the city's best eateries and small restaurants. Try a variety of foods, such as nộm bò khô (papaya with dried beef salad) bún chả (grilled pork with rice noodles) and an authentic pho (rice noodle soup). Try some nem phở cuốn (fried and fresh spring rolls), bánh cuốn (steamed rice pancake rolls) and bánh mì (sandwich). Indulge your sweet tooth with bánh gối (fried pillow-shaped cake) and bánh rán (donuts). Wash it down with trà đá (ice tea) or bia hơi (beer), and end with dessert tastings such as chè (sweet soup). End at Hoan Kiem Lake or get dropped off at a location suitable to you.  

Hanoi Old Quarter Vegetarian Food Tour

3. Hanoi Old Quarter Vegetarian Food Tour

Option 1: Food tour in Hanoi Old Quarter (anytime between 8am-6pm) You will walk through Hanoi's old quarter with a local guide and at the same time try some of this amazing vegetarian dishes along the way, such as: -Egg with vegetables banh mi -Fresh spring rolls (with mango, cucumber, green papaya, pho, carrots, herbs, lettuce..) deep in a tasty peanut butter sauce -Fried dumplings -Vietnamese traditional dessert -Egg coffee -Steamed rice roll cake Options 2: Sightseeing and then meal in buffet restaurant (prefered time is from 9am to 12am or from 5pm to 8pm) You will walk through Hanoi's old quarter with a local guide for 1.5 hours, stop by a Café to try our famous Vietnamese egg coffee. After a long walk, we’ll get to a famous vegetarian buffet restaurant. You’ll have a chance to taste 20-30 different kind of food from salad, soup, fried to main dishes and dessert. For examples: -Five colors rolls -Yam bean and almond salad -Grilled mushrooms and vegetables -Lotus root salad -Pumkin soup -Grilled eggplant with onion fat -Misty fruit with coconut milk -Grapefruit sweet soup -Baked banana bread (The menu will change everyday depends on the seasonal vegetables and the restaurant)

Hanoi: Private Street Food Walking Tour w/ a Real Foodie

4. Hanoi: Private Street Food Walking Tour w/ a Real Foodie

On a 3-hour walking tour, explore the culture and history of Hanoi by stepping into a world full of street food vendors. Unlike big cities all around the world, street food in Hanoi is not just hot dog carts and pretzel stands, you will be offered an opportunity to try out 10 different dishes at local food stands and  family restaurants. A rotating menu from day-to-day will represent the variety of delicious options, but tastings might include but subject to change the following: rice noodle soup with beef, rice noodle with chicken, rice noodle with grilled pork, snail or dry noodle, sticky rice along with various kinds of donut, steamed pancake or Vietnamese sandwiches. Sample menu: Pho (beef/ chicken noodle), Bun Cha (grilled pork with noodle), Banh Mi (Vietnamese bread), Banh Cuon (steamed rice pancake), Banh Xeo (fried rice pancake), Nom Bo Kho (green papaya salad with dried beef), Thit Xien Nuong (street pork barbeque), Banh Ran Ngot (sweet rice donut), Che (Vietnamese dessert) and Ca Phe Trung (egg coffee).

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

5. Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

The tour guide will welcome you at your hotel lobby, then start the walking tour in the old quarter '36 streets' to visit some famous and specialized food stalls and local restaurants. Watch as it is made and taste some particular dishes (The company can customize vegetarian food or something for other special requirements). The old quarter in Hanoi is over one thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times. Each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more. Originally there were just 36 streets in the old quarter but today there are more than 50. Although many of the streets are short and the area is rather compact. It can be very difficult to find local food on your own in the hidden alleys or sidewalks, certainly the best way to experience street food is with a local. In this special tour learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language. You will have a unique experience trying the foods of the local Hanoi people; the food is handled hygienically and comfortable venues are provide for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants / families as the food is bought directly from them. Later, the guide will bring you to enjoy a Water Puppet show which is a unique variation on the ancient Asia puppet tradition and is a Vietnamese tradition dating back to the 11th century. Supported by a large rod placed under the water and manipulated by experienced puppeteers, the wooden puppets appear to be dancing over the water, telling folk tales. It’s entertaining and suitable for all audiences. At the end of your 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.

Hanoi: Cooking Class in a Local Villa with Market Tour

6. Hanoi: Cooking Class in a Local Villa with Market Tour

One of the most interesting things when traveling to a new land is enjoying its culinary delights. Take part in a cooking class that provides an immersive experience in Vietnamese traditional life. Shop for local ingredients before cooking and eating your own Vietnamese culinary delights over a glass of local wine.  Take a visit to a typical Vietnamese market and experience daily life for people here. Once you have selected your delicious and fresh ingredients head to the local villa and unwind ready for your cooking lesson. This exciting program is the ideal way to enjoy an authentic cultural and culinary experience. It’s also perfect for the serious home cooks who want to learn how to cook Vietnamese healthy foods for themselves and their beloved. 

Hanoi: Vegan Vietnamese Cooking Class in a Local Villa

7. Hanoi: Vegan Vietnamese Cooking Class in a Local Villa

Our Vegan Cooking Class offers vegans a unique opportunity to indulge in delicious Vietnamese Cuisine specially crafted to meet their dietary needs. And more than a cooking course, we would like to spread the image of Vietnamese Vegan Cuisines in relation to our belief in Buddha. Our activities thus begin with a short visit to a local market to see the colorful fresh vegetables and fruits and try to choose your ingredients. This spectacular adventure awaits you at our cooking class will give you the chance to explore Vietnam beyond the ordinary. At our kitchen, you can make 4 Vietnamese vegan dishes with the help and instructions from our cooking instructors. This is the chance for you to learn how to make Vietnam vegan seasonings and marinades as well as enjoy your own cooking creations.

Hanoi Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

8. Hanoi Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

Your tour begins with a half-hour cycle trip around the most famous symbol in Vietnam, Hoan Kiem lake. After that, your guide will take you around Hanoi's Old Quarter, where the traditional life of Vietnam still continues. Near the Dong Xuan market, your expert guide will give you an insight into the traditions and ingredients of Vietnamese food, and you will eat as you go. Some of the foods you will try include seasonal fruits and some famous dishes such as pho (noodle soup), crab rolls, pillow cake, Vietnamese sandwich (banh mi) and more. Your guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden café, and one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee. Sample this a scrumptious local delicacy while admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. 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 can assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

Hanoi: Street Food Experience with 5 Food Stops

9. Hanoi: Street Food Experience with 5 Food Stops

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.

Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

10. Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

Your tour guide will collect you from your hotel in the evening. Meet the group and have a full safety briefing about the tour. Then set off to tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake and be amazed at the lively small alleys that are not even noticeable during the day. Take a number of short stops to take photos and learn about the history of the Old Quarter. Ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit, past some of the majestic, historical buildings. Enjoy eating a range of small Vietnamese snacks. Ride past Red river & Long Bien Bridge to see the night lights outside Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Then stop for Dinner. Experience dinner at an authentic Vietnamese Restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. Travel down a historical street and enjoy Vietnamese traditional sweet desert. You will have the option for your tour guide to take you to any location in the Old Quarter or to your hotel. 

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 437 reviews

We had one of the best experience in our whole trip to Vietnam. Our guides Ryan and Chris were super friendly and helpful, they even agreed to do this tour on motobikes upon our request (even though it's not supposed to be a motorbike tour, but my wife was pretty tired and didnt want to walk). We had 5 stops at different places around old quarter of Hanoi and tried different types of food from BBQ to chicken soup to ice cream...The guys were were knowlegable and informative, we learned lots of interesting facts about the city and its people. At the end they even agreed to take us for a ride around West Lake (aka Expat district) even though our time was over. Once again - I higly recommend this tour and these guys. Thank you very much!!!!

My partner and I really loved this street food tour. We tend to be pretty independent travellers but Tina and our other guide (sorry I forgot his name!) we’re super relaxed while also being informative. It felt more like being shown around by a friend than going on a tour. We really felt like we were stopping at stalls which our guides personally thought were best for each dish we were trying.

we had wonderful cooking time at Rise Kitchen recently during our trip in Hanoi. The class was conducted very professionally and Chef Simon was great with cooking skills and knowledge. He was most friendly and ensure we all had great fun. The villa was tastefully decorated and very clean. Thanks so much Chef Simon! Will definitely go for another cooking class when in Hanoi again...

We had the best time doing the vegetarian tour with Hoàng! He showed us the hidden spots of Hanoi and ended the tour in a lovely local café to have the best egg coffee. This tour can be done as a non-vegetarian too, you always have the option to choose between the vegetarian meal and the non vegetarian. Definitely a recommendation for every food lover!

Dan was a great guide, showed us around in some delicious places around Hanoi. Thanks for the great evening!