Heart and Soul of Hanoi Old Quarter

Food & Culture Walking Tour


9h00, 15h00, 19h00 Everyday.


3 Delicious hours

Tour Type

Private tour

Tour Cost

$50 Per Person

Group Size

Maximum 8 travelers in the same group.


Walk & Eat. Distance walked is about 1.9 miles (3km)


Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and Allergies are accommodated.


Tours are rain/shine and great anytime! 

Heart and Soul of Hanoi Old Quarter DESCRIPTION

If the Old Quarter is the heart of Hanoi, food culture is the soul of this city. Laden with restaurants and traditional craftsmanship that’ve lived for centuries, cared for by laborious locals who are dedicated to traditional Hanoi lifestyle. On our Heart & Soul of Hanoi Old Quarter food tour, those lively traditions in a friendly atmosphere are greatly exposed, and you’re most welcome.

This Heart & Soul of Hanoi Old Quarter takes you to 3 different local restaurants and 1 Hanoian family, where you will sample delectable Vietnamese foods and learn in depth about the Old Quarter through our conversations with its residents.

Enjoy the distinctive flavor of “Pho” at the city’s most famous Pho on Bat Dan Street, where you can experience the appeal of its incredible taste that has been capturing the fascination of people from all over the world, right from where it begins.

Walk through some hidden alleys and learn about Hanoi’s architectural space, including its distinctive “tube houses”. Visit a family who has been living in the labyrinthine Old Quarter for generations to learn about their life in the heart of the city over a cup of tea.

Sample the famous Banh mi, the Vietnamese baguette featuring classic liver pate and fresh cilantro, served by a family living on Hang Ca Street. On our way back to hotel, taste the amazing broth of Bun ngan – the city’s famous duck noodle dish, and see what ingredients should be added into this local dish and why.

Hanoi Grocery


Prices quoted are on a per person and a private group bases

3 – 5 PAX
6 – 8 PAX




Tastings vary based on availability or our travelers’ preferences

Half of Banh Mi Hanoi

Banh Mi Pate

Vietnamese Baguette

Pho Bo

pho bo

Beef Noodle Soup

Thit Nuong Hanoi

Thit Nuong Hanoi

Hanoi Grilled Meat

Bia Hoi Hanoi

Hanoi Draught Beer

Bia Hoi Lac Rang

Bun Ngan

Duck Creole Noodle Soup

Bun Ngan Ly Nam De

Kem Hoa Qua

Fruit Ice Cream

Kem Hoa Qua


Hanoi Kim Ngan Temple
The Old Quarter is a historical, residential, manufacturing and commercial center of Hanoi, it’s the heart of the city. The quarter is known for its craft streets, where the local produce and sell their products. Most craft streets have a temple dedicated to worshiping mythical founders of the craft. Houses in the area are shophouses with slanted tile roofs, built in the 18th century. Since the end of the Vietnam war, the old quarter has the highest population density in the city. The average land use area is 5 persons per m2 (3ft.). Many houses have up to 50-60 households. Join us to explore this old town Hanoi as well as Hanoi old quarter attractions.
Old House with Window
The history of Hanoi old quarter area dates back to 13th century, when artisans from different villages came to the city to build the King’s palace. They formed a merchandize area with 36 first artisan guilds, which later became craft streets aka 36 old quarter. For better cooperation in transportations, each craft street was making and selling the same products - hence streets were named after their specialties. Back then, shophouses were taxed on the width of storefronts, and to pay less tax, people built narrow houses that we call “tube houses”. On this “Heart and Soul of Hanoi Old Quarter” tour, you will dive into the history, markets and the daily life of the people living in this historic neighborhood.
Hang Quat Street

The Hanoi Old Quarter has enough restaurants to satisfy any type of craving. Here are a few recommendations. 

Pho Gia Truyen
One of the most popular beef noodle soup restaurants.
49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi | https://TripAdvisor.com/PhoGiaTruyen

Cha Ca Thang Long Restaurant
Grilling marinated fish, topped with fresh dill, green onion served with rice noodles.
19 - 21 – 31 Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi | 04 3824 5115

Café Giang
Café Giang is most famous for its special drink, the egg coffee.
39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi | +84 98 9892 298