Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour

Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour
From $35
Duration Half Day


Hanoi’s warren of narrow alleys and streets are home to some of the world’s best local dining. On this evening walking tour, guests will be guided through these thoroughfares to sample a range of dishes such as pho bo (beef noodle soup), bun cha (grilled pork with vermicelli) and che (sweet soup) that are rooted in the culinary culture of Vietnam’s ancient capital.

What’s Included

  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by local sharing air conditioned vehicle (max 05 people per 7-seated taxi)
  • Food as mentioned in the itinerary (street food) with bottle water throughout
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • One soft drink, and one bia hoi (draft beer)

What’s Not Included

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance




Depart the hotel at 18h00 to begin this night walking exploration of Hanoi’s old quarter, also known as the ‘36 Streets’. Hanoi Old Quarter is a unique destination for its eclectic array of traditional local daily life, and is equally vibrant by both day or by night.  Life is lived on the streets here and throughout Hanoi’s ‘Old Quarter’, from the markets to food stalls to coffee shops, food is everywhere.

Walking through the small lanes, winding backstreets and hidden alleys where a multitude of vendors set up their stalls and stools along the route, your guide will point out some places of interest. At one of the inner city’s most popular local eateries there is the chance to sample what probably could be termed Vietnam’s ‘national dish’ – the world renowned “pho”! The most popular choices are “pho bo” (beef noodle soup) or “Pho ga” (chicken noodle soup). Continue exploring the lively small streets stopping to sample some of Hanoi’s other favorite Street food including “Banh Cuon”, “Bun Cha” and “Nem Chua Ran” at various spots along the way. Depending on the season other local street snacks and seasonal streetfood will also be sampled, and a stop will be made at one of the local outdoor BBQ stalls which are popular with the locals. Take a break whilst enjoying a typical Hanoian dessert – either “che” (sweet soup) or “hoa qua dam” (fresh fruit with yoghurt).

Finish the evening in the same manner the Hanoi locals do – enjoying a local “bia hoi” (draft beer) sitting by the street watching the ever changing night street scenes, before returning to your hotel.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights it is possible to also include an exploration of Hanoi’s bustling outdoor night market, which runs for approx. 3 km throughout the Old Quarter

During the winter months (mid Dec to mid-Mar) it is often very cold in Hanoi, especially in the evenings. During these months we suggest a morning or afternoon street food tour would be more enjoyable.


Note: we only run private and customizable tours.

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3 thoughts on “Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour

  1. Meghan Q Meghan Q says:

    Fantastic food tour in the old quarter

    My wife, son, and I visited Hanoi for the first time ever this December. We stayed there for 4 days, and this was our first activity. Getting there at 10 am after 24 hours of travel, and scheduling it from 5pm to 9pm, we were definitely jet lagged. Our tour guide’s energy and enthusiasm made up for it, I would recommend this tour to first time Hanoi visitors looking for a quick introduction to Hanoi cuisine, foodies, and newbies to Vietnamese culture. Our tour was from 5 to 9 pm. We went to 7 different restaurants and sampled 7 dishes.

    We met at the Old Quarter and visited a number of its neighborhoods. Old quarter is a great neighborhood to visit. Among the dishes were bun Cha (grilled pork noodle), Nom bo kho (beef salad), bahn cuon nong (steamed rice pancake), do ran (fried food), mien tron (mixed noodle), ca pe trung (egg coffee), banh mi sandwich, and Che (dessert).

    Our tour guide was Potato. She is a young vibrant Vietnamese woman whose enthusiasm and pride in being Vietnamese showed through. She gave us background on the cuisine, differences in North/south/central Vietnamese cuisine, history, etc. Would highly recommend this when you have limited time in Hanoi, and as a quick intro to Hanoi food

  2. Kunal P Kunal P says:

    Fantastic first evening in Hanoi

    Our tour guide was Gigi and this food tour was the first thing on our itinerary after we got our from the airport. Gigi was extremely friendly and constantly engaged us with interesting nuggets of information about the food we were eating and the areas we were in. She brought us to try a variety of authentic Vietnamese dishes that we otherwise would not have been able to taste if we had decided to explore the city on our own.

    Having only 3 days to spend in Hanoi, I’m glad that my friends and I decided to spend the first night on this tour as it gave us a good taste of what Hanoi had to offer in a short period of time.

    We would definitely recommend this tour and Gigi as your tour guide is you would like to experience Hanoi in an interesting and engaging manner!

  3. Knotie Knotie says:

    Best food tour company in Hanoi

    Found this company after some research into food tours in Hanoi. We were 9 people, so this tour is wonderful for meeting people. Our delightfully charming guide Sunny made us comfy from the start, super funny, giving us insights into Vietnamese culture, making us into a little family during our tour.

    I am not usually a person to take food tours, but believe me – I would have never ever discovered to many hidden little places by myself or with google – at one point Sunny literally took us down a dirty little hallway into a little room where I tasted one of the best meals ever… I don’t want to spoil the surprise for you 🙂

    There was one veggie in our group and Sunny asked each of the restaurants for an alternative meal, which I found very inclusive!

    If there was ever a 5* tour – this is it! Also liked there was no pressure or mention of leaving a tip to the guide (though now I look back and think she’d deserve it!).


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