Flavors of Hanoi French Quarter
– A Food Tour Focusing Primarily On The French Quarter –
Suggested 9h00, 16h00
$60 Per Person
Maximum 8 travelers
Distance walked: 3-5 km
Vegans & Allergies are accommodated
Tour runs shine or rain
Flavors of Hanoi French Quarter DESCRIPTION
This informative food tour walks travelers through the tree-line boulevards and backstreets of Hanoi’s French Quarter, passing by iconic French colonial buildings that have become an indispensable part of the city in the last 130 years. We’ll meet and talk to a Cell Secretary of the Communist Party at his house, and sample some of the most typical Vietnamese and French fusion foods on our way.
From the colonial Metropole Hotel, begin our walk toward the St. Joseph’s Cathedral, passing by the Tonkin Palace and Hanoi Post Office. At a bakery in front of the church, wake up your taste buds with acup of coffee and a chocolate croissant. Traverse the garden of the National Library of Vietnam, then walk by the prison Maison Centrale and the Supreme People’s Court on Ly Thuong Kiet Street.
Under the shade of an Indochina dragonplum tree, enjoy a climbing perch noodle soup and hear how this tasty countryside dish was brought to the city. Then stroll a backstreet through a hidden community, meet and talk to a cell secretary of the Communist Party at his house – which will bring new insights to Hanoi visitors.
Keep heading south to a quieter neiborhood, and sample the ‘king of street foods’ – the Vietnamese barguette with grilled meat on Quang Trung Street. Then walk through unseen residential areas on hidden passages to reach Hom Market (close at 18h00), learn about the most special things in the market and why.
Stop by the famous Bun Cha Huong Lien, where the US president Barack Obama ate the grilled pork and rice noodles dish with the former celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. Then comes one of the most loved beef noodle soups in Hanoi – the Pho Thin on Lo Duc Street, here we sample a unique bowl of Vietnamese pho.
Start heading north with stories and explanations shared by our foodie guide on the way, and stop by a former French villa to taste a fresh spring roll and a lotus stem salad. Traverse the yard of a yellow painted university designed by the French architect Ernest Hébrard, walking by the Opera House and the famous Trang Tien Ice Cream on our way back.
Prices quoted are on a per person and a private group bases
3 – 5 PAX
6 – 8 PAX
PHOTOS OF THE TOUR
Food tastings vary according to touring time and travelers’ preferences
A Corner of Hoa Lo Prison
The Original Wall Surrounding The Prison, With Yellow Color, Pieces of Broken Bottles, and Open High Voltage Power Wall
A 78 Years Old Cell Secretary of The Communist Party of Vietnam
A Former French Villa
Which is Now A Sharing Space Of 8 Different Families, Each Of Them Owns A Clothesline on The Yard
A French Architecture Influenced Building
Built in The 1950s, The Apartment Building Show The French Style’s Yellow Color and Blue Window
Grilled Meat Balls
Marinated and Grilled Meat Balls, Which Would Be A Part of The Delicious Bun Cha Noodle Lunch in Hanoi
A Climbing Perch Noodle
Photo Was Taken In Front Of A Family Serving Climbing Perch Noodle Dish, A Specialty From The Countryside
HISTORY OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
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With the plan to make Hanoi a ‘Paris of the East’, their first landmark - the St. Joseph's Cathedral was built in 1886. Then other colonial buildings, including the Opera House, Tonkin Palace, and Post Office, were formed. Many French villas were also built in the city until the Vietnamese gained the independence in 1945, and that created the French Quarter today.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD TODAY
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This food tour offers a closer look to the most typical buildings in the French Quarter, exposing the French influences on our architecture and cuisine. Explanations provided on the way include why the French houses were painted yellow, why we didn’t destroy those colonial houses after defeating them in 1954, and how some of the famous Vietnamese foods were actually initiated by the French.
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Here are some dining highlights entertaining the many flavors of Hanoi French Quarter.
Opened in 1901, it was the first-ever French restaurant in Hanoi.
15 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
Maison Vie Restaurant
A blend of the climax of French haute cuisine with the gentle touch of Vietnamese culinary.
28 Tang Bat Ho, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.
A high-end French cuisine restaurant in Hanoi.
8 Do Duc Duc, Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi