The Best Food Tours in Hanoi
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French influences. Vietnam's capital races to make up for time lost to the ravages of war and a government that as recently as the 1990s kept the outside world at bay. Its streets surge with scooters vying for right of way amid the din of constantly blaring horns, and all around layers of history offer a glimpse into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Dong Xuan Market, selling household goods and street food. Dine on the wild and wonderful at every corner, sample market wares, uncover an evolving arts scene, then sleep soundly in luxury for very little cost. Meet the people, delve into the past, and witness the charms of Hanoi. With so much to see, do, and taste, Hanoi is a great place to experience, and there are several exciting options available for food tours in or near the city to help you make the most of your time here.
Discover the historical sights and delectable bites of Hanoi's Old Quarter on a 2.5-hour food tour of the city. Greet your gastronomic guide and group at Dong Xuan, the largest covered market in Hanoi, to begin your culinary tour. Inhale the aromatic scents exuding from street hawker stalls and follow your nose to stands replete with exotic fruits and fresh seafood. Listen as you guide explains the culinary context of the city and hear about the cultural significance of local specialties. After sampling a selection of snacks at the market, venture to Hanoi's Old Quarter to absorb the antique ambience of the area. Visit a local restaurant to watch expert chefs at work, then take a seat to dine on banh cuon, a delectable local dish of crispy pork crepes. Stroll down labyrinthine lanes to pleasure your palate with flame-grilled meat at barbecue stands and marvel at the color and charisma of the vibrant area. Conclude your feast with a sweet treat made from condensed milk, crushed ice and fresh fruit, then settle into a seat in a secret cafe famed for its spectacular views over Hoan Kiem Lake. Sip the local specialty of egg coffee and bid your guide and group farewell in this ambient establishment
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Spend three hours strolling the French Quarter during a private excursion that includes major landmarks in the Vietnamese capital. Different tour times are available throughout the day to make the tour convenient no matter what your timetable looks like.Your tour guide will welcome you at the hotel then start the walking tour to discover the charm of French Quarter and learn more about the history of Vietnam. Your walking tour takes in the charm of Hoan Kiem Lake and French colonial buildings such as the Sofitel Metropole Legend Hotel and Hanoi Opera House. View government buildings, the National Museum of Vietnamese History and Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution. You'll enjoy 'pho' (beef noodle soup) and have time for a stop at a sidewalk cafe or for Trang Tien ice cream.
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Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter on foot with a foodie guide who introduces you to local cuisine. This 3.5-hour street food tour takes you off the beaten path to food stalls and local eateries in the capital city. You'll sample authentic dishes and learn about Vietnamese cuisine as you discover the traditional guilds of '36 Old Streets.' Handcrafted souvenir included. 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 its cuisines than through this unique walking tour. Sample authentic local dishes away from the tourist trails, getting to know the local lifestyles on the street at various amazing food stalls at add up to your real experience of the city.
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Enjoy a truly authentic taste of Vietnamese life during this 3-hour home visit experience and meal with a local Hanoi family. Receive a warm welcome from your friendly Hanoi hosts, as you tour a typical Vietnamese residence and learn about the ancestor altar and worship room. You will learn more on the importance of incense, flowers, five-fruit tray, and their worship vows. The family then prepares the food which you are welcome to join or you can sit back and relax. You will then enjoy dinner and talk over the history of each of these typical Vietnamese dishes. The menu includes dishes such as stir-fried water morning glory, roasted sesame and peanut, spring rolls, and some stir-fried dishes of bean sprouts, kohlrabi, carrots and more. The meal ensures simplicity and hygiene. After dinner the guests and the host sit back in the living room, talking, drinking tea and eating sweets. Depending on the hosts different activities can then follow varying between singing, playing music, or telling traditional folklore. Once the evening is over you'll be transported back to your hotel.
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