Lonely Planet Experiences Private Hanoi Tour: Street Food By Night

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 3 hours
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 6+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Ends Hanoi, Vietnam
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover a hidden cafe where the owner has been turning plastic bottles into beautiful decorations at his local coffee shop
  • Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine just like the locals do — on the street
  • Stroll through hidden alleyways and bustling markets of Hanoi’s charming old quarter
  • Learn more about Hanoi’s unique food culture and try local specialties.
The Lonely Planet Experiences Private Hanoi Tour: Street Food By Night tour starts and ends in Hanoi. The Lonely Planet Experiences Private Hanoi Tour: Street Food By Night is a walking tour that takes 3 hours.

Travel is all about the street food these days, and why not? It's fresh, fast, cheap and a great way to crack into the local scene. Go one step further and take a private tour of Hanoi with a local guide to source the best street eats from markets, food carts, street cafes and other hard-to-find-but-totally-worth-the-effort secret spots.  
This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.



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ITINERARY

We start our evening Hanoi street food tour at a hidden coffee shop with a welcome drink and the chance to fill up your resuable water bottle. Walking into this cafe you will see plastic bottles, turned into flowers and dragonflies, hanging from the ceiling. These decorations create pops of color throughout the cafe. What a good way to start your evening tour!

Stroll through hidden alleyways and visit the city’s local market, Hang Be. 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 local doughnut where you have the chance to learn the process of how the local family makes their doughnuts, including sweet and savory varieties.

The next stop on our Hanoi street food tour is a food stall selling bun dau met (noodles with fried tofu and shrimp paste) and bun cha (a grilled pork and noodle dish). We sit down with the Hanoi locals and also have a chance to sample mam tom (shrimp paste) or nuoc mam (fish sauce).

Next, we will head over to Lo Ren street where we will stop for some banh mi, a tasty Vietnamese baguette sandwich with many different choices of fillings.  

Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s 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 1,000 years ago. 

Now, it's time for a cup of Bia hoi (light Vietnamese draft beer) while we sit down and mingle with locals. This local beer-drinking tradition is one not 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 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.

(If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Hanoi Street Food By Night group tour.) 

This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Guide
  • Local English speaking guide
Others
  • All food samples as per itinerary and 3 drink items such as fruit juice
  • Bia hoi with a local snack
  • One Vietnamese coffee
  •   drinking water to refill your bottle at the first meeting point.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Items of a personal nature
  • additional food and drinks
  • tips / gratuities for local guide
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CANCELLATION

Cancellation for this Lonely Planet Experiences Private Hanoi Tour: Street Food By Night tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.

Payment

For any tour departures within 05 December 2020, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 05 December 2020, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Lonely Planet Experiences Private Hanoi Tour: Street Food By Night tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Lonely Planet Experiences Private Hanoi Tour: Street Food By Night tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

3B Hàng Tre street, Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi at Hidden Gem Coffee shop (in the alley).

Meeting end point :

Café Pho Co – 11 Hang Gai St, Hoan Kiem

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COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
  • This tour follows the local government(s) recommendations for gatherings and group sizes.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing is highly encouraged on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
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