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Hanoi Street Food by Night - Small Group Tour

Hanoi is one of the world’s greatest street food cities and there’s no better way to unlock the hidden secrets of the Old Quarter and it’s cuisine than through this unique walking tour. Sample authentic local dishes away from the tourist trail, hunkering down with the locals on the street at a variety of atmospheric food stalls.

Start your 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 great 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. You will eat as you 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 savoury varieties.

The next stop on your 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). Sit down with the Hanoi locals and also have a chance to sample mam tom (shrimp paste) or nuoc mam (fish sauce).

Next, visit Lo Ren Steet, where you 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, youwill tempt your 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, 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 you sit down and mingle with locals. This local beer-drinking tradition is one not to be missed. After that, wander the back road along the Hanoi train track trails, one of the most unique places in Vietnam.

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.

Experience Includes

  • Walking tour of the atmospheric Old Hanoi
  • Take in a spectacular night view of Hoan Kiem lake from a secret cafe
  • Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine just like the locals do — on the street
  • Discover a hidden cafe where the owner has been turning plastic bottles into beautiful decorations at his local coffee shop
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Small-group tour of 12 participants ensures more personalised service

Experience Excludes

  • Additional refreshments other than those detailed
  • Optional gratuities

Departs

Daily, year round.

Departure location

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

Start times

5.00pm.

Duration

Around 3 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • To ensure a personal experience group sizes are limited to 12 passengers.
  • There is a minimum age requirement of 6 years.
  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Unfortunately, this tour cannot accommodate vegetarians and vegans.
  • Please note that this tour visits independent, family-owned businesses whose operating schedules and menus may change. Therefore, street food venues and local dishes often vary; your local guide will make any final adjustments on the spot.
  • We highly recommend you bring a reusable bottle of water on this walking tour as we are on the way to reducing single plastic. The chance to fill up your water bottle is provided at the first meeting point, and 3 local drinks are included in the itinerary.
  • Please notify us in advance of any food allergies.