Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

4.7 / 5

34 reviews

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

From $65 per person

If you are a little worried about eating food in the old Quarter in Hanoi, this is an absolute must. With hundreds of food vendors in this area, it's difficult to know which are good to enjoy. Your guide will help you make the right choices.

About this activity

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
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Experience

Highlights
  • Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine just like the locals do - on the street
  • Learn more about Hanoi’s unique food culture
  • Take in a spectacular night view of Hoan Kiem lake
  • Enjoy the water puppet show
Full description
The tour guide will welcome you at your hotel lobby, then start the walking tour in the old quarter '36 streets' to visit some famous and specialized food stalls and local restaurants. Watch as it is made and taste some particular dishes (The company can customize vegetarian food or something for other special requirements). The old quarter in Hanoi is over one thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times. Each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more. Originally there were just 36 streets in the old quarter but today there are more than 50. Although many of the streets are short and the area is rather compact. It can be very difficult to find local food on your own in the hidden alleys or sidewalks, certainly the best way to experience street food is with a local. In this special tour learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language. You will have a unique experience trying the foods of the local Hanoi people; the food is handled hygienically and comfortable venues are provide for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants / families as the food is bought directly from them. Later, the guide will bring you to enjoy a Water Puppet show which is a unique variation on the ancient Asia puppet tradition and is a Vietnamese tradition dating back to the 11th century. Supported by a large rod placed under the water and manipulated by experienced puppeteers, the wooden puppets appear to be dancing over the water, telling folk tales. It’s entertaining and suitable for all audiences. At the end of your Hanoi tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide,
  • 1 bottle of water, coffee or beer
  • Meals
  • Ticket for Water Puppet show
  • All other drinks
  • Extra food portions
  • Tips for local guide

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Meeting point

Meet at the local supplier's office at 24 Ấu Triệu, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam (next to the Cathedral).

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Tour duration: 4.5 hours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5
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Highly recommend

We had a wonderful time. Our guide was very friendly and brought us to places that were amazing. My husband and I would never have found the great local spots she brought us to. We were in Hanoi for a little under a week and after this food tour we were very confident around the city ordering food from anywhere.

April 1, 2019

Great way to experience Hanoi in ways most would not on their own

We had a great afternoon with Alex as our guide. We tried food from small outlets we would have never dared to try on our own. We also walked though areas we would otherwise not have discovered. Alex was good at explaining the different foods we tried. Small suggestion for improvement is that we would have appreciated more stories from our guide about Hanoi living and Vietnamese food culture. Explanations were short and factual and in between our guide was a lot on his phone texting. We suspect that part of the challenge is the guide’s limitations expressing himself in English. Overall: if you have the chance, go ahead and book to experience Vietnam Street Food.. just don’t expect a lot of conversation over the hours with your guide.

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March 28, 2019

Vincent for the Old Quarter Food Tour

Vincent was a treasure as a guide for enjoying the Old Quarter and the foods available. The Old Quarter can be a little daunting to initially navigate as it is a very busy bustle of activity, but Vincent made it a joy, and now I know how to look for fun items on my own because of his guidance. I learned a lot about the history and culture with a guide who was truly personable and a great ambassador the city. I HIGHLY recommend Vincent.

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January 3, 2019

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