Hanoi: Hidden Alleys of the Old Quarter with street food
- 4.5 Hours
- 4.5 Hours
- On request
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 for an overall lifestyle of Ha Noi. Drop-off the rickshaw, follow the guide to walk deep within 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 flavour.
It's the 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 ice and condensed milk. You will be taken 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 delicious local delicacy that you will sample while admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. Afterwards, a short transfer takes you to Bun Cha Huong Lien which serves one of the best flavoursome specialties in Ha Noi called - Bun Cha. This restaurant has been a famous spot since American President - Obama and celebrity chef - Anthony Bourdain had dinner together at this place in 2016. Enjoy the delicious Bun Cha before return to your hotel.
Duration: 4.5 Hours
Departs: 9 a.m. - Returns: 1:30 p.m.