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Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

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    Stop At: Old Quarter, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

    This guide of the best things to do in Hanoi Old Quarter is ideal for travellers looking to experience the rare sense of timelessness that seems to sum up this area of the city – you can still see glimpses of previous generations despite the modernisation that is going on relentlessly. This prominent district is relatively pedestrian-friendly compared to other cities in Vietnam - on weekends and evenings, the streets are closed off to motorised vehicles to make way for bia hoi bars and food stalls selling a variety of Vietnamese food. For a feel of rich old Vietnamese customs, you can also stroll along ancient commercial streets surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake, which are named after their original businesses dating back about 1,000 years. Located on the northern end of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Old Quarter’s most popular attractions comprise mostly quaint Buddhist shrines, street markets, and traditional Vietnamese arts.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Charming Vietnam Travel, 3 Gia Ngu, Hanoi 000000 Vietnam

    Meet your guide in the Hoan Kiem district in the evening to start your stroll through the districts of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, each known for their historic trades including blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers, silk traders, and jewelers. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of products from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices.

    Your English-speaking expert 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. Eat as you go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter will tempt your taste-buds with the famed Hanoi dishes such as Bun Cha Ta, 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, wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. 

    The next two snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. Sit down with the locals and sample various meats, vegetables, and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor.  It’s then time for dessert as you venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk. This specialty is one not to be missed.

    Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant, to taste some of the top street foods in Hanoi such as Banh my Hanoi, Vietnamese rice wine and the famous egg coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, 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 will assist you with directions, or a taxi back to your hotel (at own expense).

    Duration: 3 hours
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    Departure Point
    1: Charming Vietnam Travel, 03 Phố Gia Ngư, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
    2: Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    3: Dong Xuan Market, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
    4: Lotus Water Puppet Theater, 16 Lê Thái Tổ, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
    Departure Time
    6:00 PM
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • English-speaking guide
    • Authentic Vietnamese meal, dessert, and drinks
    Exclusions
    • Personal expenses for shopping
    • Gratuities
    • Additional drinks
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • If you would like to have seafood, please inform the local guide and they can organize that for you or if you are allergic to some food. Please inform in advance for best arrangement
    • Please meet your tour guide at the booking office: 03 Gia Ngu street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi (In the centre of Old Quater of Hanoi)
    • For the group more than 6 people. We would organize a private group.
    • For private group bookings. We would offer the Pick up customers who staying in Old Quater only.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We met Linh (Lyn) and set off for a wonderful evening. Great range of traditional food in a variety of locations. Most in places we would not go to. Linh was an excellent host, a good communicator and made our experience special.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank David E
    Reviewed 12 September 2019

    Harry was very nice guide and took us around the old quarter to eat yummy food in hidden places :) higly reccomended! We came home super full!!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank 808ileniam
    Reviewed 28 August 2019 via mobile

    Frankly speaking, i didn't expect however, guide her name is linh. It became best choice. She took photo with smile everywhere and explain easily. Thank you so much provide best service and gave good memory

    Thank Hyemi N
    Reviewed 15 August 2019 via mobile

    We had a wonderful evening with our fabulous guide, Peter. Peter joyfully took us to a number of different street food stalls, cafes and hidden gems, where we sampled so many delicious meals and snacks. We were completely full after the tour. The route takes...More

    Thank kfayrodriguez
    Reviewed 15 August 2019 via mobile

    Our guide Peter was the happiest person I’ve ever met, he is so excited to share his culture and all the amazing food that Hanoi has to offer! Loved every stop and he really took care of us. He sent us recipes after and recommended...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank katelynw_2416
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