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5 Best Food Tours in Hanoi

Guided Tour of Hanoi’s Best Local Food

Chewy rice noodles swimming in star anise-scented broth, a scattering of fragrant herbs and tangy nuoc nam over meats grilled to perfection—there are plenty of things to do in Hanoi, but in our minds, eating tops the list. With food tours in Hanoi for travelers of every culinary persuasion, there’s no shortage of options for diving in taste buds first and discovering the delights of Vietnamese cuisine, whether you want to scope out street eats with a savvy foodie leading the way, roll up your sleeves for a hands-on cooking class, or explore a market to learn all about Hanoi’s regional specialties and local produce.

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Street food

From lively hawker stalls in established food streets to makeshift stands set up by day vendors, the streets of Hanoi are rife with opportunities to eat on the go. Meander around town to fill up on sidewalk-sourced treats like pork-filled banh cuon, steaming beef pho, and refreshing, sip-while-you-stroll beverages like egg coffee. With Threeland Travel, your guide meets you right at your hotel and introduces you to the delicious bites on offer at family-owned eateries, longstanding hawker stalls, and chef-run restaurants. Backstreet Tours pairs you with an in-the-know local to go off the beaten path as you seek out signature Vietnamese eats on a tour route customized to your interests. Read More...

Things spice up in Hanoi when the sun goes down, and balmy evenings are perfect for dining your way around town after dark. Under the glow of streetlights, soak up the bustle of the city's night markets as you snack on skewers, lap scoops of ice cream, and sample various delicacies from the around-the-clock eateries that dot the streets of Hanoi. With BT Tours, dive into the treats on offer in the Old Quarter, the perfect spot for people watching as you enjoy a beer and pop in an out of sweet shops and specialty food stores. With Urban Adventures, you and a small group of fellow night owls can tuck into chargrilled Vietnamese barbecue, frothy egg coffee, and a sweet dessert of tropical fruit, condensed milk, and crushed ice as you're introduced to the city's culinary culture. Read More...

Rub elbows with the locals and discover typical Vietnamese produce with a visit to one of Hanoi's last remaining wet markets. With a chef from Hanoi Cooking Center to lead the way, this is the perfect way to get introduced to the typical ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine. Watch Hanoi residents as they go about their daily shopping, chat with vendors about their wares, and nibble on small bites and samples as you move from stall to stall. Read More...

If you fall in love with Vietnamese cuisine during your visit, there's no better way to bring the flavors of Southeast Asia home with you than a hands-on cooking class. Learn all about the ingredients that define Vietnamese cooking, and then roll up your sleeves to lend a hand in whipping up dishes that are typical of Hanoi. With GoAsiaDayTrip, you can head to the market with a local chef to pick up all the ingredients you need before diving into the preparation of tasty typical Vietnamese fare. The expert guides at Backstreet Academy combine a cooking class in a local's home with a walking tour of the city that lets you sample classic plates (beef pho, spring rolls) along with more unusual bites (like insects!). Read More...

Of course, there's no better way to experience an authentic Vietnamese meal than by being welcomed into the home of a local. Try the types of foods that city residents eat at home, discuss the significance of certain dishes and chat about what life is like in modern Hanoi. Travel More Asia pairs you with a host family that welcomes you into their home. Sip on tea, get tips on Vietnamese dining etiquette, practice your chopstick-wielding technique, and chat about culture and current events as your hosts prepare, serve, and share a beautiful meal with you and your group. Read More...

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