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Hanoi: Guided Street Food Tour

1. 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: Small-Group Street Food Walking Tour

2. 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: Cooking Class in a Local Villa with Market Tour

3. 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: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

4. 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: Vegan Vietnamese Cooking Class in a Local Villa

5. 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 5 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

6. 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.

From Hanoi: Lan Ha 2-Day Cruise with Kayaking & Cooking

7. From Hanoi: Lan Ha 2-Day Cruise with Kayaking & Cooking

Day 1 09:00 Pick up at hotel in Hanoi old quarter and transfer to Halong bay by highway about 2,5 hours to arrive Tuan Chau marina, welcome aboard to cruise. Refresh with welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew on cruise and join briefing and learn safety instruction. Join for a typical lunch in the luxury dining room with indoor or outdoor dining area. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet and Gia Luan harbor where belonged to Cat Ba area. Discover lagoon natural area belong to Lan Ha bay. Drop anchor for Kayaking or swimming or just simply sunbathe on cruise. Heading back toward the sleeping area. Gather around the sundeck for watching the sunset, enjoy Sunset party with complimentary cocktails demonstration. It’s ideal time to make acquaintance with new friends or simply watching the sunset or just relax in the seasonal swimming pool, or enjoy your time in golf course or do the exercise at fitness area. Join for a short class of cooking demonstration. The chef will guide you how to make famous traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. Here you will understand the culinary culture of the Vietnamese. BBQ dinner is served with fresh food menu outside of swimming pool area. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at panoramic bar with seasonal pool view, at wine and cigars cellar, or take one of onboard activities: board games, movies, and squid fishing… or relaxing with massage services. Day 2 Join for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck for early riser. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body, joining Tai Chi session or do the exercise at fitness area to full charge energy for the new day. Local light breakfast is served. Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and it’s dramatic limestone islets as sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Dark & Bright Cave. Take option either exploring the cave by yourself on kayak or comfortably on local boat rowed by the locals. Check-out the room. Vietnamese cuisine is served. Disembark from the cruise as crew say farewell. Transfer back to Hanoi. Arrival back at hotel approximately 15:00

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour

8. Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour

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: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

9. Hanoi: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

When talking about the food in Vietnam, there is plenty of diverse food experiences in every city and they express the special cultures as well as the lifestyles of locals. Join this tour and go you around all the hidden alleys to find amazing local cuisines. Itinerary: 6:00 PM - Pick-up at hotel and beginning the Hanoi Street Food Tour By Night with our lady bikers 6:20 PM - The first destination is “Bun cha – Noodle Soup With Porkpie”, which is a special noodle from the North side of Vietnam 7:00 PM - Walk around Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake to relax, you will have a chance to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Hanoi at night as well as listen to the history of Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. 7:30 PM - Go to Ly Thai To Park 8:00 PM - The next stop is “The Hanoi shrimp pancake”, which is a really popular cake here. 9:00 PM - Continue to the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which is one of the most attractive historical places in Hanoi. You will be able to participate in the flag lowering ceremony and find out information about the influential leader. 9:15 PM - It’s time to have dessert in the last place which is “Coconut Ice cream”, which is the best dessert in the lovely city. 09:30 PM - Drop off at your hotel.

Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour & Cyclo

10. Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour & Cyclo

This food tour includes half an hour cycling around the trading area in Hanoi Old Quarter, which is said to be a microcosm of the city. Dating back to the 11th century, the Old Quarter has 36 streets, each named after the commodity traditionally produced and sold on it, such as sugar, bamboo, leather or silver. Even though some of streets have had their name changed, many still retain their ancient attributes. Start walking though narrow streets to Dong Xuan. Along the edge of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell produce, from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your local English-speaking guide will give you an insight into traditional Vietnamese food culture, including details of ingredients and the historical background of popular northern dishes. Try seasonal fruits and sample a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart as you go. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, tickle your taste buds with famous Hanoi dish "Banh Cuon" at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate how the tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter and wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe 1000 years of local life. Your next 2 snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. Sit down with Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties, flame-grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. For dessert, venture down a small alley to feast on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk. This is not one 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 you will sample whilst admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. If coffee's not your thing, you can just as easily sample a cold beer! At the end, feel free to continue exploring the area on your own, or let your guide assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 437 reviews

Really great course. The market tour was very interesting, we were given options of what we wanted to cook and decided on Bùn Chá, spring rolls, banana salad, egg coffee. We prepared the ingredients and assembled each dish together and chef was very helpful and informative. We were offered beers or soft drinks throughout. The food was really delicious, the nicest I’ve had in Hanoi. A full recipe book with all the recipes for what we cooked and more was sent to us aster. Would highly recommend!

We were extremly lucke to have the guide ryan with us. He showed us the little secrer spots of Hanoi and we enjoyed many little, delicious meals. Be prepared to get full by the end of the experience. Ryan was realy nice and well habbited. I would recommend it to everyone who travels to Hanoi.

The tour guides were fantastic! They take you all around to maybe 5 different street food spots and you get a very large taste of all their favorite food! I was lucky to be the only guest with 4 guides and it was such a fun and immersive experience!

Ha was our lovely guide. She really showed us the best of the best. I will highly recommend it, as it is a way of find the best food in Hanoi. Her English is fantastic too.

The guide Alex was able to tell a lot about the background of the places and the food and took personal taste into account