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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).
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Old Quarter
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Shop at local markets and food shops to sample Vietnamese cuisine on this 3-hour walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, aka 36 Old Streets, known for its craft guilds. Set out on foot with an informative guide who provides insightful commentary on Hanoi’s culinary culture. Enjoy an authentic Vietnamese meal including dessert plus drinks at abundant cafes and bars.
  • 3-hour evening food walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Sample authentic Vietnamese dishes and dessert
  • Enjoy juice, beer, coffee or tea at local cafes and bars
  • Learn about Hanoi’s cuisine from an insightful guide
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Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile
Mia is a gem!

After finding this tour on trip advisor and reading a few reviews nearly all of them mentioned Mia and how great she was! We can attest to that :) She was very warm and relaxed which made us at ease in a very crowded city....More

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Reviewed 7 August 2018
Nice trip with a very informative guide.

This was a good trip getting to see quite a bit of the old Quarter and enjoying some excellent food.

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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile
A great introduction to Vietnamese cuisine

We had Mia as our guide and she gave us lots of information about Vietnam cuisine and culture. She was great fun, spoke excellent English and answered all our questions. It was just the two of us. We tried 4 different types of food and...More

2  Thank RCM204
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile
Great for first time travelers at Hanoi

Being in Hanoi and staying in the old quarter knowing where to go and what to eat is difficult. Mia made it easier to walk around the busy streets. She arranged the tour with: ban mih, pork bbq, some jelly or sticky rice, and egg/chocolate...More

1  Thank Ximena C
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile
Disappointing range of food

Overall, this was quite a disappointing tour which did not match the description. Instead of the range of street food and other meals described, we only had a coffee, Banh Mi (one shared), Bun Cha and a dessert each. We also didn’t get much information...More

Thank Daniel C
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