Hanoi foods are plentiful. You can find them everywhere as unique food is an integral part of the livelihoods of many locals. More often than not, the street is the stage where food culture takes place.
This food tour includes an hour cycling around the trading area in Hanoi Old Quarter. Hanoi Old Quarter has always been the symbolic area that truthfully reveals the lifestyle of Hanoians. Established in the 11th century, the Old Quarter has 36 streets named after the commodity produced and sold at each street, such as sugar, bamboo, leather or silver, ect. Even though some of streets had their name changed, many of them still retain their ancient characteristic. You start walking though narrow streets to 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 of ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. You 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 Hanoiâ€™s Old Quarter, you'll 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 their tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you 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. Your next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. Sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. Itâ€™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 speciality is one not to be missed! Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoiâ€™s best kept secrets, a hidden cafÃ© with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. This hard-to-find cafÃ© is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that you 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 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.
- English-speaking guide
- All food items as per itinerary
- Drinks: 1 bottle of water, 1 coffee or beer
What's Not Included
- All other drinks
- Extra food portions
- Tips for local guide