Hoan Kiem Lake Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Hoan Kiem Lake Culinary & nightlife

Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour & Cyclo

1. 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.

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

2. Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

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.

Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

3. 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 Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

4. 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: 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: Half-Day Guided City Tour on Vintage Minsk Motorbike

6. Hanoi: Half-Day Guided City Tour on Vintage Minsk Motorbike

The tour starts by picking up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or the meeting point. Choose to have a private guide or go on a fun group tour. You will be greeted by the guide and driver for a safety briefing and introduction to your Soviet-era Minsk bike. Then, begin your urban adventure to the best sights, neighborhoods, and food spots in Hanoi. Dive into the real Hanoi and visit the more hidden parts of the city. Taste a slice of Hanoian life in the maze of backstreets, tiny alleyways, local homes, schools, and markets, experiencing where and how locals live, work, and play. Next, move onto the second part of the tour, where you’ll pass by and stop at the must-see sights. You’ll see many places, including: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (which is considered the Mecca of the Vietnamese), The 1000-year-old Buddhist and Taoist temples of Tran Quoc, the Temple of Literature, the historical training track, the enchanting French Quarter, the hustling and bustling Old Quarter, the romantic lakes of Hoan Kiem, West Lake, the Hanoi Opera House, and the famous Long Bien bridge. You will also visit the poetic and peaceful villages and floating community along the Red River. Enrich your experience with the harmonious contrast between the city and the countryside of Hanoi. While en route between stops, grab a bite to eat at authentic local restaurants, eateries, and food stalls. Savor the tastiest Hanoi’s dishes, including family heirloom and secret recipe dishes.

Hanoi: 5-Day Trip with Halong Bay Cruise and Hanoi City Tour

7. Hanoi: 5-Day Trip with Halong Bay Cruise and Hanoi City Tour

Meet your guide at the airport and enjoy comfortable transport to your hotel in Hanoi central. Relax for the night and prepare for your adventure in the morning. Wake the next day and embark on your journey towards Ninh Binh Province. Arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex, and witness the largest Pagoda in Vietnam and all of Southeast Asia. Afterward, climb to the summit of the mountain and marvel at the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Take some time to purchase some lunch at a local restaurant, and explore the cave complex in Trang An by boat. Spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Eat a good breakfast at your accommodation and get picked up for your transfer to Halong Bay. Arrive at the Halong Wharf and board your sightseeing cruise. Sip on a welcome drink and learn about the ship with a short cruise briefing. Eat lunch while cruising the Bai Tu Long Bay and admire the serene waterways, with fascinating rock formations along the way. Find yourself at Cap La Island and get ready to kayak through the karst and breathtaking nature. Take some time to yourself to swim and relax. Full of the experience from the day, delight in a sumptuous set-dinner onboard. Challenge yourself with some Vietnamese puzzle games and face off with the rest of your group. Try your luck at squid fishing or sit and enjoy a cocktail in the quiet night of the bay. Begin the next day with a centering Tai Chi routine on the sundeck, or catch the morning view of the bay's landscape, while sipping on a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy a Western-style breakfast, to give you a little bit of familiarity in a beautiful and strange land. Discover the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave and walk the white sandy beach at Hon Co Island. Return to the boat to freshen up and pack up your things, before watching an authentic Vietnamese cooking demonstration. Learn about the simply delicious dish that Gordon Ramsey made famous. After your meal on board, return to Halong Wharf to catch your bus back to Hanoi. Spend some time decompressing in your hotel, before being picked up by your tour guide to visit Hanoi for the day. Capture sights of Tran Quoc Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Complex. Purchase your lunch at a suggested restaurant, and visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam. Discover Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake, then head back to your hotel to relax in the lobby. Relax for a while, before being picked up and returned back to the airport for your flight home.

Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

8. Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

Your tour guide will collect you from your hotel in the evening. Meet the group and have a full safety briefing about the tour. Then set off to tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake and be amazed at the lively small alleys that are not even noticeable during the day. Take a number of short stops to take photos and learn about the history of the Old Quarter. Ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit, past some of the majestic, historical buildings. Enjoy eating a range of small Vietnamese snacks. Ride past Red river & Long Bien Bridge to see the night lights outside Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Then stop for Dinner. Experience dinner at an authentic Vietnamese Restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. Travel down a historical street and enjoy Vietnamese traditional sweet desert. You will have the option for your tour guide to take you to any location in the Old Quarter or to your hotel. 

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What people are saying about Hoan Kiem Lake

if you only do one tour do this one. punctual pick up. fun safe courteous helpful and caring drivers. Great stop off and delicious lunch at a eco home kitchen. excellent tour around hanoi city. a visit to train st. timed to see the train pass. it was my friends birthday and they arranged a cake for her, such a lovely gesture. thankyou. A fab your..I would Soooo recommend. keep up the great work guys and girls.

A great, entertaining and authentic tour of Hanoi with 3 excellent guides for my wife, daughter and me. Be it background information about Vietnam and Hanoi or delicacies with egg coffee or chicken pho. Motorcycling in Hanoi is unique. Many thanks to Dan, Leen and Martyn who spoke very good English while being flexible and personable. Top and a must for Hanoi.

Fantastic experience, really helped us get our bearings at the start of our stay. Our guide was friendly, funny and super informative. We got to go to some hidden gems, take part in local customs, and were very full by the end. Would wholeheartedly recommend - especially near the start of your trip so you can put your new knowledge to use! 10/10.

A fun way to see the city and bits you wouldn’t usually be exposed to. The drivers are friendly and funny and Tony was a delight. Lunch was great too!

The city tour was much better than expected. Great go on!