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Hanoi: Hidden Alleys of the Old Quarter with street food

4 Hours
On request
  • The Old Quarter is the vibrant centre of life in Hanoi

Hanoi's Old Quarter is not only a densely populated area of the city known as '36 Streets' but also is the birthplace of many quintessential Vietnamese dishes that is considered one of the world's great food capitals. Boarding on a private - seated cyclo to make a journey in the old-quarter. This 30 minute ride can make your passion of an overall life style of Ha Noi. Drop-off the rickshaw, follow the guide to walk deeply in the alleys. The labyrinthine alleyways are perfect for exploring with names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. This is 'secret' Hanoi, far from public view where a dark single file passage opens to secret Pagoda or a unique historical gem. Discover hidden water wells, ancient staircases, delight at the fascinating and innovative architecture.

A snack stop is at outdoor barbeque stalls. Sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable, and bread specialties that are flame-grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. It's then time for dessert as you venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk.

You will be taken one of Hanoi's best kept secrets, a hidden cafe with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. This hard-to-find cafe 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. Getting back to the coach, a short transfer to Bun Cha Huong Lien which serve one of the best flavoursome specialties in Ha Noi called - Bun Cha. This restaurant has been a famous spot since American President - Obama and celibrity chef - Anthony Bourdain had dinner together at this place in 2016. Enjoy the delicious Bun Cha before return to your hotel.

Duration: 4 Hours

Departs: 8 a.m. - Returns: noon

Departs: 1 p.m. - Returns: 5 p.m.

From: Hanoi

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EXC HANDAYDA0122: 45 18 Sep 2023
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