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Dong Xuan Market: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hanoi: Old Quarter Trishaw Cyclo Tour

1. Hanoi: Old Quarter Trishaw Cyclo Tour

Relax as your driver pedals you around the Old Quarter, home to many of Hanoi's highlights and unique architecture from the French colonial times. Enjoy an unobstructed view with your driver behind you so you can take plenty of photos. See the Opera House, Joseph Cathedral Church, and more. After departure from the meeting point or hotel pickup, depending on the option chosen, sit back and relax with your driver pedaling you from behind. Enjoy exploring the heart of Hanoi: the Old Quarter. See the Dong Xuan Wholesale Market, Joseph Cathedral Church, and the Opera House. Take in the beautiful view from Hoan Kiem Lake. Stop at each destination for a short visit or to take photos. Ride at the perfect pace to enjoy some of the 36 shaded streets of this historic district. Admire the products made and sold on each street, such as sugar, bamboo, leather, or silver.

Hanoi Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

2. Hanoi Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

Your tour begins with a half-hour cycle trip around the most famous symbol in Vietnam, Hoan Kiem lake. After that, your guide will take you around Hanoi's Old Quarter, where the traditional life of Vietnam still continues. Near the Dong Xuan market, your expert guide will give you an insight into the traditions and ingredients of Vietnamese food, and you will eat as you go. Some of the foods you will try include seasonal fruits and some famous dishes such as pho (noodle soup), crab rolls, pillow cake, Vietnamese sandwich (banh mi) and more. Your guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden café, and one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee. Sample this a scrumptious local delicacy while admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. If coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits! At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area, or your guide can assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour & Cyclo

3. Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour & Cyclo

This food tour includes half an hour cycling around the trading area in Hanoi Old Quarter, which is said to be a microcosm of the city. Dating back to the 11th century, the Old Quarter has 36 streets, each named after the commodity traditionally produced and sold on it, such as sugar, bamboo, leather or silver. Even though some of streets have had their name changed, many still retain their ancient attributes. Start walking though narrow streets to Dong Xuan. Along the edge of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell produce, from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your local English-speaking guide will give you an insight into traditional Vietnamese food culture, including details of ingredients and the historical background of popular northern dishes. Try seasonal fruits and sample a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart as you go. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, tickle your taste buds with famous Hanoi dish "Banh Cuon" at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate how the tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter and wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe 1000 years of local life. Your next 2 snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. Sit down with Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties, flame-grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. For dessert, venture down a small alley to feast on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk. This is not one to be missed! Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best-kept secrets — a hidden café with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that you will sample whilst admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. If coffee's not your thing, you can just as easily sample a cold beer! At the end, feel free to continue exploring the area on your own, or let your guide assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

4. Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Start your tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, see the famous old buildings up close and feel the atmosphere of the local people doing business. Visit St.Joseph Cathedral and Hanoi Big Opera House. After that, arrive at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where you will have a guided tour, on foot, with a professional tour guide to talk you through its history and answer any questions you may have. Afterwards, ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit, past by some of the majestic, historical buildings to the edge of West Lake. And definitely can not miss Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi. Followed by this, ride around West Lake, past some of the most expensive real estate in Vietnam, with a number of short stops for photo opportunities. Stop for lunch. Enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese local food store. After lunch you will be taken to an infamous coffee place where they make our Vietnamese traditional egg coffee. Have a sip and the taste will carry you away. End of tour the guide will drop you off at your hotel

Hanoi: Street Food Experience with 5 Food Stops

5. Hanoi: Street Food Experience with 5 Food Stops

Meet with your local guide, then dive straight into Hanoi’s culinary scene with a visit to Dong Xuan, the largest covered market in the city. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce, from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Hear about traditional Vietnamese food culture, like ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Try seasonal fruits and sample a banh mi, a famous Vietnamese baguette, with your choice of fillings. One of the most beloved combos is pate, ham, sliced cucumber, and chili sauce. Next, walk through the bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Taste the famed Hanoi dish banh cuon at a local eatery and watch the chefs make this dish. Wander past street stalls and residential lanes and observe how little local life has changed since Hanoi was founded 1,000+ years ago. Stop at a stall selling bun cha, a classic Vietnamese dish served with grilled fatty pork (chả) over a plate of white rice noodles (bún) and herbs with a dipping sauce. Save room for the grilled nem chua, a fermented pork roll, and a fresh fruit salad, two of the most well-known snacks in the city. Go to one of Hanoi’s best-kept secrets, a hidden café with stunning views over the Hoan Kiem Lake. This café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that you will sample. At the end of your Hanoi tour, explore the area or return to your hotel.

Hanoi: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

6. Hanoi: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

You meet up with your motorbike-riding-tour guide at your hotel in Hanoi downtown, then head to the first destination – Long Bien market, one of the biggest market in Hanoi with diversity kind of fruits. Next you will cross the bustle street for a short walking inside the most famous lake - West Lake with beautiful sights as well as enjoy the great atmosphere in the morning. The following stop-off is Chau Long market- seafood market. In this market, they sell many kind of fishes and other sea foods and come to Dong Xuan Market - or Cho Dong Xuan, is the oldest and largest market in Hanoi. If you want to go shopping and at the same time peep into the corridors of history, then Dong Xuan Market is the suitable place for you. This large multi-story market sells everything from fresh foods to home appliances, you can find them all here. Leaving the architectural and cultural spots for a second hand goods-selling area on motorbike will make you feel closer to the daily life of the local people. And then you will move to a Hanoi traditional restaurant for lunch. After a short rest, you will continue riding on motorbike to pass through Hanoi 36 Old Streets. You will enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese local beer restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. You will explore the way local people cooking. Spend time going shopping before our motorbike-riding tour guide take you back to your hotel.

Hanoi: 3-Hour Guided Tour with Puppet Show and Egg Coffee

7. Hanoi: 3-Hour Guided Tour with Puppet Show and Egg Coffee

Discover the beauty of Hanoi's Old Quarter on this 3-hour guided walking tour. The tour guide will tell you all about the locations that you will be visiting along the way. Start the tour by visiting Hoan Kiem Lake and the historical Bach Ma temple. To learn about the local lifestyle, the tour guide will lead you to one of the traditional Dong Xuan market. Enjoy a cup of Vietnamese egg coffee with its unique texture and aroma. The tour guide will also show you the Long Bien Bridge, an iconic 100-year-old bridge built by the French. Lastly, you will visit the Lotus theatre to enjoy a traditional 45-minute puppet show performed on the water.

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What people are saying about Dong Xuan Market

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 158 reviews

This was an excellent street food tour with our guide Jenny. Interesting, friendly and knowledgeable, Jenny made it fun too and was was happy to answer all our questions. We had bun cha, fried and fresh spring rolls, papaya salad, banh mi & egg coffee. We finished off ourselves with a Hanoi beer on the street. All very clean and tasty and felt we were in safe hands. We did our cyclo tour mid way through and it was fun seeing the old quarter buzzing at night.

We had a great time with Fifi and Alex. They showed us the most interesting places in Hanoi in historical and cultural terms. They didn't rush us, we had time for photos they took of us. Riding a scooter was an interesting experience and at the same time we felt very safe. Historical knowledge was completely sufficient for us and not overloaded. They answered all our additional questions in an interesting way with a smile. Super guides

Fabulous guides, Danny and Annie. Extremely knowledgeable and great fun to be with. The three hours flew in. We did so much and the egg coffee was amazing. Not so fussed by the puppet show but at least we have seen it. Highlight for us were the guides

We were a group of 5 including our guide Kim and had a good time. Kim showed us really good places to eat. She told us things about the city and history. My favourite was the Chicken NoodIes Soup. I can recommend the tour.

Excelent exprience Flower is the best person ever really took us to amazing really good places.