Choose the departure time that suits your schedule, then meet a guide at your hotel in Hanoi’s old quarter. Dive into the maze of streets that wind through the old city, and make the first stop of the day at a local eatery that’s renowned for their banh cuon, a delicate rice pancake stuffed with a savory filling.
The next two destinations are barbecue stalls that are popular hangouts for Hanoi locals, where you’ll try a variety of meat, vegetable, and bread dishes that are grilled over coals.
Continue down a narrow alleyway to try a beloved local sweet, fresh fruit served with crushed ice and sweetened condensed milk, then walk to a hidden café with views across Hoan Kiem Lake. This is one of the best places in Hanoi to try egg coffee, a rich and frothy treat that was invented in the city. If you’re not a coffee lover, join the group with a cold beer (another Hanoi favorite). At the end of the tour, keep exploring on your own, or join the guide for the return trip to your hotel.