Known for a diverse and historic food culture, Vietnam is a tourist hotspot for many a foodie. As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is the perfect place to not only tour, but taste delicious foods. To help you on your adventures, here’s 12 great food tours where you can be guided through the city and taste the culture.
Enjoy the sights, scents and tastes of Hanoi when you take this Hanoi Street Food Tour! For 3 hours, you will be led around the maze-like streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter by a guide who will show you many food hotspots in Hanoi’s legendary food scene. Browse the stalls of the Dong Xuan Market and snack along the way on tasty sweet breads and barbecued meats. Be sure to try Hanoi specialties like Banh Cuon and delicious exotic fruits. Before your tour concludes, sit down and enjoy a popular local dish – seafood hotpot and an ice-cold beer. With dinner and food tasting included, this tour is an amazing value for foodies and tourists alike.
Street Food Tour Including Seafood Hotpot Dinner
Price: from 50 USD
Explore more than just food on the 36 streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter when you take this Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour. With each street known for historic trades including silk traders, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers, blacksmiths, and jewelers, you’ll find something interesting around every corner. Of course, if you’re taking a food tour, you’ll be glad to know Hanoi’s Old Quarter is famous for its local cuisine.
Artisans, silk shops, bars, and clubs add to the local flavor, making the Historic part of Hanoi alive and well. During your food adventure, stop at the various vendors and taste what’s cooking. Don’t worry if you’re feeling parched; there are plenty of juice shops, bars, and cafés to keep you hydrated during your tour. And because this tour is for small groups with a maximum of 8 people, you can easily enjoy the culture of Hanoi around you.
Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter
Price: from 25 USD
Cycle through Hanoi’s Old Quarter on this half hour Cyclo & Street Food Tour. During your tour, you will learn about some of the original streets which still hold their names from the commodity traditionally produced and sold on it like leather, sugar, silver, and bamboo. Your guide not only takes you through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, but will give you insight to the traditional Vietnamese food found throughout the city. Chinese and French influences can be found in the Hanoi Cuisine, and skilled chefs line the streets, ready to demonstrate how they prepare tasty treats daily. While the food and sites throughout the tour are amazing, your final stop will be at a hidden café with stunning Hoan Kiem Lake views.
Hanoi Cyclo & Street Food Tour
Price: from 36 USD
For the more adventurous foodie, travel through Hanoi in style with this 4 and a half hour, evening street food tour—on a motor scooter! Not only will you be tastings local foods like street barbecue and Hanoi-style sweets, you will be exploring Hanoi’s night life like a local from the back of a motor scooter. Give your feet a rest in the cool evening, and let your guide take you to all of Hanoi’s distinctive flavors. This tour includes a round-trip pick up and drop off from your Hanoi hotel, so you never have to be concerned about transportation. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is whether or not you’re brave enough to try some unique, truly Hanoi foods.
Hanoi City Street Food Night Tour by Motorscooter
If motor scooters aren’t your thing, you can still explore Hanoi’s night scene and food on this Night Market and Street Food Tour. Starting from your hotel, you and your guide will hit the Hanoi night market where you can explore the booths, street stalls, and of course, food, on display. The night market only takes place on weekend evenings, so be sure you plan your trip accordingly so you don’t miss out on the truly Vietnamese experience. For dinner, taste a variety of grilled meats with steamed sticky rice and sweet cakes, which you can enjoy while live performers showcase both modern and traditional music. And don’t worry about getting lost in the maze of Hanoi; at the end of 3 hours, your guide will drop you off back at your hotel.
Hanoi Night Market and Street Food Tour
Price: from 36 USD
For dinner and a show, take this Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show. Starting from your hotel lobby, your guide will lead you through the 36 streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Delicious, specialized foods will line the streets, and your guide will point out what is the best in the city. Near the end of your cultural adventure, your guide will bring you to watch a Water Puppet show. As a unique variation of the ancient Asia puppet tradition, and a Vietnamese tradition which dates to the 11th-century, you’ll love the puppets who appear to be dancing over the water and tell folk tales. Both entertaining and suitable for all audiences, you’ll love your Hanoi puppet show experience.
Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show
Price: from 38 USD
Spend half a day on the town with this Half-Day Hanoi Old Quarter Food Tasting Tour. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in the late morning or early evening, depending on if you’re an early bird or night owl. During your tour, you’ll walk down Hanoi’s bustling streets and see everything from local haunts to well-known food stands. A delicious array of foods and drinks await on this extended adventure. The tour covers about 9 food tastings total, but feel free to bring extra money for favorites you want to bring back to your hotel. And don’t worry about taking notes during the tour; at the end of your tour you’ll receive an email with the locations you visited so you can visit them again and again while in Hanoi.
Half-Day Hanoi Old Quarter Food Tasting Tour
Price: from 22 USD
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If you liked the idea of a motorbike tour, but have plans every night while in Hanoi, take this Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike. Starting around 8:30am, your guide will pick you up from your hotel. From there, you will meet the rest of the tour group at a cafe in the Old Quarter. Your guide and driver will then take you around Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Haon Kiem Lake, famous old buildings, and even hidden parts of the city tourists find hard to visit.
At around 10:00am, you will have the opportunity to tour Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on foot. You will then get to ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, and see a part of Hanoi most tourists have trouble visiting. After seeing some of the most expensive real estate in Vietnam, you will stop for lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant, featuring a large variety of food, perfect for every taste.
Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike
Price: from 68 USD
While this tour doesn’t take you to all of the Old Quarter’s hot spots, during this Vietnamese Cooking Class, you will learn how to make a traditional—and delicious—meal. Your adventure will begin when your guide takes you through the Chau Long market, and you, with your guide’s help, will pick out the perfect ingredients for the day’s meal. That afternoon, you will both sample and prepare traditional Vietnamese cuisine from master cooks. And of course, at the end of your touring/cooking adventure, you will get to savor the fruits of your labor.
Vietnamese Cooking Class
Price: from 90 USD
Finally, if you’re looking for a private experience, take this Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour. Accompanied only by your guide (and maybe a friend or two) you will experience the diversity of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, with all the sights, sounds, and food you could imagine. Eat your way through the Vietnamese flavors of breakfast and lunch. Discuss the city’s culture with locals over egg coffee at a cafe. And because the tour is private, you only have to share it with your nearest and dearest.
Private Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour
Price: from 49 USD
Indulge in a gastronomic journey off the beaten track. Join other tourists and get ready to sample Hanoi’s mouth-watering street food dishes and delicacies. From the well-famed noodles (Bun Cha, Pho, Crab) to porridges and savoury pancakes, to even unusual food treats unique to Vietnam such as grilled quails, eel noodles and snails. Complement your bountiful feast with local drinks and dried snacks. What’s more, ease your way and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at a local market with a very knowledgeable guide. Transfers between your hotel and venue can be arranged at an additional cost.
Street Food Gastronomy: Doing it Like a Local
Price: 19 USD
Duration: 3 hours
Ever wondered how a local starts their day in Hanoi? Experience the city’s cultural heritage before the crowds descend and its streets burst with scooters. In this breakfast morning tour, immerse in Hanoi’s rich cuisine as you sample their dishes along the way. Savour a traditional breakfast of Banh my (bread roll) and egg coffee at the Old Quarter. Feel energised as you observe or join the Tai Chi. A perfect way to live like a local in Vietnam!
Breakfast Tour: Good Morning Vietnam!
Price: 17 USD
Duration: 3 hours
Eat in Hanoi!
As both the capital of Vietnam and a center of taste, Hanoi is the perfect place to explore when you’re hungry for new foods. From pho to egg coffee, Hanoi has something for everyone. You won’t leave hungry!
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