Are you craving for mouthwatering local street foods in Hanoi?

Do you want to be taken to the food places that only local knows?

Then Hanoi Street Food Tour is made for you!

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Let’ see what you can get from our tour!

  • Enjoy the real local street foods in the places that only locals know
  • Enthusiastic and friendly local guides with professional guiding skills
  • Explore Vietnamese culture by communicating with locals
  • Learn how to grab food, how to make food like a local 
  • Relax and have fun with locals by sharing local tips
  • Reasonably customizing your tour
  • Picking up – Dropping off 

Tour Type: 

Local Life & Culture Discovery, Customized Tour, Guided City Tour, Local Street Food Tour, Market Visitits


  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Starting time: 8:30; 11.:30; 17:30
  • Transportation: Walking, or Taxi
  • Language: English
  • Price: $18
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Tour Guides:

  • Our guides are Local University Students who are fluent in English as well as having a wide background knowledge in Hanoi culture and history. These students are also well equipped with traveling experiences and guiding skills such as: organizational and narration skills, problem solving skills,..
  • Whether you are looking for a cultural experience by a local eating tour or just want to try some mouthwatering foods  and spend an active holiday in the city, our guides would be delighted to make your trip memorable.


Step Itinerary
We pick you up at your hotel or hostel punctually
We spend 5 minutes discussing about food allergies, vegetarian and the tour’s itinerary

Discover Hanoi Street Food

  • Special traditional foods that only locals know
  • Tell mysterious stories about food’s recipe
  • Introduce Vietnamese traditions and customs
Wander around Hoan Kiem Lake
We take you come back to your hotel or hostel

Food List:

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1 Bun Cha (Rice Noodle with Grilled Pork)
2 Banh Mi  (Vietnamese Sandwiches)
3 Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancako)
4 Ca Phe Trung (Egg Coffee)
5 Bun Rieu Cua (Crab Soup Noodle)
6 Nem (Spring Roll)
7 Pho (Noodle Soup)
8 Banh Cuon (Stuffed Pancake/Steamed rolled rice pancake)
9 Xoi (Sticky Rice)


Hanoi Street Food Tour Introduction: 

Hanoi Street Food Tour is a tour organized by Local university students who are seeking chance of improving themselves. By taking a Street Food Tour  around Hanoi, you will be taken to the best local food places, know more about Hanoi’s Culinary Culture, meet locals and shopping with local tips.

Hanoi Street Food Tour offer more than 30 dishes of street food of Hanoi, with this wide range of food, you can discuss with Hanoi Free Local Tours’ guide to have the first thought of the food you like.

After nearly two years of operation, Hanoi Street Food Tour has been a choice of more than 6500 international visitors and get many positive reviews.

Tour Details: 

Hanoi Free Local Tours manages a Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour to balance reasonably between street food introduction, the Old Quarter Free Tour, and stories about history, culture and customs of Hanoi.

All the guides are well-trained, and with their knowledge about Hanoi Street Food, they will help you taste the best street food of the Old Quarter. This is not just a tour, it is a Hanoi Old Quarter adventure with highly recommended food stops.

Let’s see what you’re gonna try in this Food Tour!

1. Bun Cha (Rice Noodle with Grilled Pork)

Wanna try the food that the Former President of US – Barack Obama tasted during his visit in Hanoi? Bun Cha is what I’m talking about!

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Pork after being marinated will be grilled on charcoal

Bun cha is served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodle and herbs with a dish of dipping sauce.

For some reason, it is not available in other parts of Vietnam  even though the ingredients and the recipes are pretty common. So if you are in Hanoi, you must try it, eat it as much as you can.

2. Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwiches)

Do you know Banh Mi is a Vietnamese word that was officially appeared in the English Dictionary of Oxford in 2011 and the American Heritage Dictionary in 2014?

Yes, going on a Street Food Tour with us means you will be taken to the best place to crave for this food.

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Banh Mi is the perfect combination between Western cuisine and the essence of Vietnamese cuisine, it is full of features of a modern food that any busy person needs.

It’s taste can be easily described like this: All the Banh Mi-trying experience begins with a bite of crunchy crust. Then you can feel the taste of the pate, then home made mayonnaise, then the soft slice of pork and the slices of cold meat. Carrots and white-radish salads add the sweetness combined with fresh crispy and cool cucumbers. A little bit of soy sauce and chili sauce will give a deep taste.

Let’s see if you could get the same experience 😉

3. Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancako)

This interesting food was named after its “sizzle” cooking sound.

It is an essential must-try in the world of Vietnamese cuisine. The dish actually varies depending on your location in Vietnam, which gives you an unarguable excuse to try it more than once.

Its harmony taste will make you never get enough of it!

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Rice batter is poured into the hot skillet. Banh Xeo is a Vietnamese savory fried pancake made of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, diced green onion, and bean sprouts.

4. Egg Coffee 

Coffee made from Egg? No way!

This seems the most curious drink that makes tourists as well as locals want to try. The beverage is made from egg yolk, Vietnamese coffee powder, condensed milk and cheese. These ingredients may sound weird for a coffee related beverage but don’t worry, it doesn’t taste sickly or eggy but brings the taste of surprisingly light and sweet vanilla.

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People can hardly resist this creatively creamy beverage

5. Bun Rieu Cua (Crab Noodle Soup)

This is a combination between seafood and rice noodle. It can be assured that this combination will give you the best taste ever!

It’s quite a Vietnamese version of crab cakes but in soup! Some cooks like crab mixture more appeared, almost like a patty. Fresh herbs are added to the soup such as split water spinach stems, shredded banana flower, kinh gioi (marjoram), spearmint, perilla, bean sprouts and Cha Chay (vegetarian sausage).

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A savory and colorful bowl of Bun Rieu Cua

6. Nem (Spring Roll)

Do you want to try Nem – the food once known as must-have food on Tet Holiday (The traditional occasion based on Lunar Calendar)?

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Crispy spring rolls are sold at street food stalls

Go with us to try Nem. This is a dish that can be served all year round, and present in almost every menu of Vietnamese restaurant abroad: A dish that is so famous that many locals of Vietnam assume it as their own specialty and give it their own name such as: “Nem Ran” by northerners and “Cha Gio” by southerners.

7. Pho (Noodle Soup)

This must be a food that most tourists seem to have already heard about it before visiting Vietnam.

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A succulent bowl of Pho with juicy tender slices of beef

The steaming hot broth made from meat bones simmered for hours is severed with rice noodles (banh pho) and slices of tender juicy beef or chicken. A perfect bowl of Pho would be some green onions and herbs on top with 2-3 lime drops for a taste of harmony in the morning.

8. Banh Cuon (Stuffed Pancake/Steamed Rolled Rice Pancake)

The food looks so good right? Are you craving for it?

Hanoi Street Food Tour is made to take you to the best place for Banh Cuon.

It is the most suitable dish to soothe the hunger of the cold weather. Banh Cuon are popular dishes are often processed simply but require the ingenuity of the maker.

For years, Banh Cuon has never stop to let diners down. When people need something light, delicate yet flavorful, Banh Cuon is a must-have in a Menu.

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The traditional method to steam rice sheet is using a steamer, a kind of fabric covered pot put on boiling water. Steams release from the underneath boiling water will quickly cook rice flour, keep the sheet moist and workable.

9. Xoi (Sticky Rice)

Are you craving for one of  the most popular local food by Hanoians?

It is difficult to have any dish that has more flavor than Xoi. It is fast food, snacks, breakfast; This is an indispensable dish for formal occasions such as offering treats to grandparents, cradles for children, anniversary of death.

There you go!

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Xoi Lac (peanut sticky rice) covered in a banana leaf is a popular breakfast food with many Hanoians

Today, sticky rice appeared in luxury restaurants, in restaurants, with different ways of processing, such as: steaming, frying,… According to the taste of each region, sticky rice is shown in many styles but overall, the sticky rice is split into two main ones: Xoi man (savory dish) and Xoi ngot (sweet dish). Xoi xeo, one of the most popular flavors of Xoi, attracts people its bright yellow color made from turmeric powder with mung bean and crunchy brown color of fried chopped onion on top.

Go with us in order not to miss this mouthwatering food!

So, do you get hungry now?

Hesitate no more! Let your Street Food Tour begin with us!

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  • If you are a vegetarian, or you are allergic to something, just notice our guides, they will help you to have a suitable menu for this adventure.
  • When you book a tour, usually our guides take you to the places listed. Your tour can be customized according to your request, time and the distance starting from your hotel.
  • “Who you are” is not a matter for us, but this can enhance a lot your experience of the street food tour. The more the merrier, but the big groups might just suitable when you’re sitting at table, have the taste of food, and listen to the guide to tell you about the foods, stories about food stalls, food recipes. It is not only a burden for the guide, it is also hard for you to listen to the information about the Old Quarter, and the constructions around. Moreover, the more the customers from separate groups, the more time for guides to pick you up or meet.
  • If you are not a person who easily gets well on a large number of people, you can book with us – Hanoi Free Local Tours – for a private street food tour for your small group, or even only you. Our guide will go to your hotel and pick you up at your lobby to go on an amazing adventure.

Price & Tipping Guides

Price: The Price here is $18, includes a Guided Tour and all foods listed.  You only have to pay for taxi rides (If you want to go around by taxi) or any incidental expenses while visiting, such as: entrance fees, parking tickets.

Tipping Guides: See more in FAQ.

Contact us!

We are here to help you with any information you need.

Follow the WhatsApp Number and Email Address to have more detail about your tour, time arrangement, picking up, dropping off or customizing places you want to go. Or simply, contact us in the chat box popping up in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Hanoi Street Food Tour Tripsadvisor

@ShiKai010689: Culinary discoveries

We had a wonderful evening with Gia Linh. Although we had tasted lots of different Vietnamese food before, we got to try much new. Our guide fulfilled all our extra wishes and changed her plans whenever we wanted. At the end of our tour we got a little extra and also a suggestion for our evening programm on top. We had lots of fun:)

@Eilidh_28: Delicious food tour

We did the food tour and had an absolutely delicious time! An-an was a brilliant tour guide: she took us to places we would never have gone ourselves and knew what to order in each place. We really loved the Banh mi and the Vietnamese pancake! She was also very friendly and taught us a little of the language! Would definitely recommend!

@KenY: Hanoi Street Food Tour with Huyen

I highly recommend anyone to sign up for the street food tour. Huyen (and I’m sure any of her colleagues) was full of energy and information. She made the tour much more enjoyable. Without her we wouldn’t have had stopped by the stores to eat the local foods. The food was delicious and the information that Huyen provided us was outstanding! I wish we stayed in Hanoi a little longer to book the other services that this company offers. Thank You Huyen for showing us around!

@TrevorC: Hanoi Street Food – YUM! (Thanks Hannah 😋)

On our first night in Hanoi, we booked a Street Food Tour with Hanoi Free Local Tours…and it was AWESOME!!!

The online booking process was very good and smooth. We paid US$18 pp in advance for the food which as an easy process via PayPal.

Our guide, Hannah, showed as at our hotel on time. Hannah is a local Hanoi University student studying marketing. Before we started, she discussed our food preferences / allergies and gave has an ideas of the food we were going to be tasting. We walked all over the Old Quarter experiencing both Hanoi street culture, traffic management skills and amazing food! Hannah was fantastic at explaining everything to us and introducing us to Vietnamese Street Food. We even paid a visit to the Bun Cha restaurant that President Barack Obama visited in 2016! We finished the tour with an amazing coconut coffee from Cong Caphe and an Egg Coffee!

I would definitely recommend Hanoi Free Local Tours to see the sights and taste the food of Hanoi’s amazing Old Quarter!

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