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Hanoi street food tour

July 01, 2022 - 335 views

Hanoi is one of the most favorite destinations in Vietnam. It attracts a large number of tourists all over the world because of its historical beauty as well as its fascinating cuisine. One of the best ways to try Hanoi cuisine is to join the Hanoi street food tour. Have you ever joined this tour before?

Hanoi street food tour is one of the most interesting tours which is loved by many international tourists. When taking part in this tour, tourists will have a great chance to wander around corners in the Old Quarters, discover local culture and history, and taste delicious food with local tour guides. This article will give you some interesting information about the Hanoi walking tour.

Hanoi street food

Hanoi street food tour is one of the most interesting tours

What to expect when joining Hanoi street food tour?

Hanoi walking food tour normally lasts for 3 hours. There are two options for tourists to choose from: the group tour (with a maximum of 10 – 15 people) and a private one. Tour companies usually create 2 times per day group tour options, which start at noontime (around 12:00 pm) or in the late afternoon (around 05:30 – 06:00 pm). Meanwhile, with the private option, the departure time depends on the tourist’s preference.

Hanoi street food tour

Hanoi walking food tour 

Tourists taking part in the Hanoi street food tour will be welcomed by a local tour guide at the meeting point. The meeting point is located in the Old Quarter. After that, a brief introduction will be given before the tour starts. The route of the food tour is chosen by the tour guide. Sometimes, if people in the group have a special diet, the tour guide will choose the suitable route to accommodate the diet of people in the group. During the walking time, tour guides will share tourists' interesting stories as well as historic information about the capital of Vietnam. Additionally, some tour guides also introduce the cultural beauty of Hanoi, how Hanoians live, work, and eat. Especially, tourists have a chance to taste around 7 – 10 famous specialties representing elite cuisine of Hanoi such as Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle), Banh Cuon (Steamed rice rolls), “Banh Mi” (Vietnamese Baguette), Hoa qua dam, Café Trung (Egg coffee), etc. It is a great chance to explore the “real taste” of Hanoi. With 7 – 10 specialties, some people wonder how tourists are easily full and cannot try all of the food during the tour. However, it is not a big problem since tourists share each specialty with other people in the group. In that way, each group member will fully enjoy delicious food on the tour.

Hanoi Walkie Foodies tour

What to expect when joining the Hanoi street food tour 

Where to try Hanoi street food tour?

Each tour guide has his own route for the Hanoi food tour. Therefore, the specialties tourists try are different. However, they are all well-known and favorite food that international tourists know when searching about Hanoi gastronomy. Here is the list of some typical food included in the Hanoi walking food tour.

1. Banh Mi (Vietnamese Baguette)

Banh Mi in Hanoi

Banh Mi 

Banh Mi a kind of Vietnamese sandwich. It is served with pate’, egg, pork with the native Vietnamese ingredients: cilantro, cucumber, chili sauce, and pickled carrots and kohlrabi. Banh Mi can be eaten at breakfast, noon, and even dinner time. With a reasonable price, Banh Mi is a perfect choice for a fast and nutritious meal, which is considered a national food. Here are some places selling Banh Mi that tour guides always take tourist to during the food tour:

• Banh mi 25: 26 Hang Ca

• Banh mi Minh Nhat: 27 Nguyen Du

• Banh – mee: 18 Au Trieu

2. Bun Cha (grilled pork noodle soup)

Bun Cha is a traditional dish of Hanoi, which contains many nutrients and is a source of energy to provide the body with proteins, flour, fat, and vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A. CNN once mentioned Bun Cha. Thanks to that, it has become popular all over the world. In particular, a few years ago, President Obama ate this dish in a restaurant in the old town and he totally fell in love with it. Due to that reason, Bun Cha is on the top list of Hanoi food tours. When trying Bun Cha, tour guides normally take tourists to one of the below restaurants:

• Bun cha nem cua be: 29 Cau Go Street

• Bun cha Hang Manh: 01 Hang Manh (please be cautious because there is a fake restaurant next to the right one)

• Bun cha Hang Than: 34 Hang Than

Bun Cha

Bun Cha

3. Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle)

Pho Bo is the rice noodle filled with soup from pig or chicken’s bone and beef tenderloin or beef brisket with some slice of beef. Pho is normally eaten with hot dumplings and spices like chili vinegar, and fresh lemon squeezed into the water to have a sour taste. During the Hanoi street food tour, tourists can try Pho at the following places:

• Pho Thin: 13 Lo Duc/ 61 Dinh Tien Hoang

• Pho Ly Quoc Su: 10 Ly Quoc Su

Pho Bo Hanoi

Pho Bo Hanoi 

4. Hoa Qua Dam ( Fruits Beam)

Hoa qua dam (Fruits Beam) is one of the favorite cooling dishes for people on hot summer days. It is a great combination of fruits in each season with yogurt, condensed milk, and coconut milk creating fresh flavor. Tour guides might take you to some of the below places to try Hoa qua dam during Hanoi walking food tour:

• Hanh Sinh To: 24 To Tich Street

• Hoa qua dam Hoa Beo: 17 To Tich Street

• Hoa qua dam: 33 Hang Manh Street

Hoa qua dam

Hoa qua dam 

5. Café Trung (Egg coffee)

Egg coffee

Egg coffee

Egg coffee is one of the beverages that make tourists curious and want to try when visiting Hanoi. This beverage is made by mixing Vietnamese coffee with chicken egg yolk, milk, and sugar. It can be served either hot or with iced. Normally, egg coffee will be chosen as the desserts of the food tour. Here are some places to try egg coffee during the food tour:

• Giang Café: 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street

• Dinh Café: 13 Dinh Tien Hoang Street

• Old Town Café: 11 Hang Gai

Tips and experience when joining Hanoi walking food tour

What to prepare when joining the Hanoi street food tour is a common question of many tourists. Actually, the answer is quite simple. You don’t have to prepare much. If you join the food tour in the summertime, it’s better to bring hats, small fans, wear comfortable clothes as you will sit in small food stalls during the tour. Otherwise, if you take part in a street food tour in winter, you will need warm clothes to avoid getting clothes. Especially, it is necessary that you check the weather forecast before joining the tour as the weather in Hanoi is changeable so the weather in the morning is different from in the afternoon. In case of coming to Hanoi in the rainy season, you had better bring umbrellas or raincoats with you to avoid being wet.

Tips when joining Hanoi street food tour

What to prepare when joining the Hanoi street food tour

The next concern of tourists when joining the Hanoi street food tour is its price? With all the interesting things listed above, how much does Hanoi walking food tour cost? The answer might make you amazed. With the fascinating experience brought by the food tour, the cost for it is reasonable. The price for the Hanoi food tour ranges from 18 – 25 USD per person including an English local tour guide, Vietnamese food in the tour.

Especially, Best Price Travel also provides Hanoi Street Food Tour with only 22 USD per person for small group tours (maximum 12 people). This is one of the best-seller options of our company receiving several positive feedbacks from customers. With excellent tour guides and lovely street food, Best Price Travel promises to bring you the most interesting Hanoi food tour which is the highlight of your trip to Vietnam.

In conclusion, the Hanoi street food tour is one of the must-do tours and the highlight of your trip to Hanoi as well as Vietnam. Hope this article will provide you some useful information for your upcoming trip.

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