The taste of Vietnamese food is renowned across the world, and this awesome walking tour of Hanoi will take the tastes to the next level, as we sample some of the city’s finest fares from street stalls across the city. Starting in the city’s largest covered market, Don Xuan, your English-speaking guide will talk you through the history and culture of the sensations you are tasting.
The next stop in this evening of Hanoi street food delight is the awesome Old Quarter precinct. We will take in the sight of skilful chefs preparing the traditional Banh Cuon, and of course test the results at the end. We then continue our tasting tour on to the BBQ stalls for a taste of meats, vegetables and breads cooked over hot coals. Here we enjoy the finest of Hanoi tastes alongside the city’s locals, before venturing down a small alley for a fruity and sweet Hanoi treat.
Finally, it’s time to head off to one of Hanoi’s best-kept secrets, a little hidden café that looks out over Hoan Kiem Lake. With stunning views, we can enjoy a coffee or even a cold beer, as we take in the surrounds and chat a little further about the culture we have just experienced. The café is hard to find, but that’s the reason our walking tours of Hanoi are so special, our local guides know where to go, what to eat, and will ensure you have an experience you will never forget.
We start our evening Hanoi street food tour at the citys largest covered market, Dong Xuan. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices.
Your expert English-speaking 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. We eat as we 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 Hanois Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish 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, we 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.'
Our next two snack stops on our Hanoi street food tour are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable, and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour.
Now, it's time for dessert as we 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 Hanois 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 we will sample whilst admiring the hustle and bustle of the city centre below. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!
At the end of our 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.