Hanoi night street food tour – A memorable trip

Itinerary for a memorable Hanoi night street food tour

When the night comes, the busy streets of Hanoi with plenty of vehicles give way for food stalls setting up on those winding and hustling streets of the ancient capital. Wandering around Hanoi this time, you will be overwhelmed by the appealing aroma from the bright street food stalls selling yummy local food. Drop by any stalls you encounter on the streets and try out those scrumptious foods. But before that, what should we do to fulfill our experience? Let’s take a look at our itinerary for a memorable Hanoi night street food tour below.

hanoi street food tour at night
Hoan Kiem Lake at night – Photo from Internet

         1. Hanoi at night:

Hanoi at night looks much more brilliant with plenty of colorful lights of shops, restaurants, the entertainment centers which seem to call up for visitors to come and spend their nighttime there. You may not see a lot of vehicles controlled by skillful locals which flow fast and sometimes not that smoothly during the busy daytime.

hanoi street food tour at night

Hanoi at night seems to be less hustle. People are more open and closer to each other. It is the time for them to relax, to share what their long day was going on. You can expect a true vibe of Hanoi with lower pace of life.

If you are kinda night owl and wish to spend your nighttime in such social and vibrant places, you can get more interesting ideas from these places to go in Hanoi at night.

For those who are foodies, wandering around the small and winding streets of Hanoi while enjoying delectable local food is such a great option.

hanoi street food tour at night
Hang Buom food street

         2. Itinerary for a Hanoi night street food tour:

Our Hanoi night street food tour will start at 5:00 PM when it is about the rush hour in Hanoi. Our guide and driver will come and pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. We then move to Thang Long Water Puppet Theater and enjoy a Vietnam water puppet show. The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi has been become the popular place of those who love Vietnamese traditional performances. The tradition of water puppet theater stems from a time when rice paddy fields were flooded and villagers would make entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water with the wooden puppets performing over the water.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

After enjoying a Vietnamese water puppet show at the theater, we then stroll around Hanoi Old Quarter and further afield and try various Vietnamese specialties served on streets. You may know that street food is one inseparable parts of Southeast Asia cuisine. Let’s see what we are gonna try out there.

Hot plain rice flan

Street-side meat, bicycles laden with fruit and vegetables, simmering pots of stock on doorsteps, boiling kettles, tipping teapots, sacks overflowing with rice – the streets are where the food action is at, not hidden indoors in gigantic supermarket halls nor protected behind glass windows or cabinetry.

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hanoi street food tour at night
Pork rib porridge

After that, let’s drop by a Vietnamese café and have some social time there. Don’t hesitate to make friends with those hospitable local people and try out one of the best coffee of Hanoi – egg coffee.

Hanoi egg coffee

Then we will wander around Hoan Kiem Lake and immerse in the crowed and dynamic nightlife in Hanoi Old Quarter. Other parts of Hanoi might be quiet down after sunset, but pedestrian-friendly Old Quarter is where late night revellers from all walks of life head to for a fun night out.

hanoi street food tour at night

There are also several family-friendly activities to enjoy like a night market selling handicrafts, T-shirts, souvenirs, and street food at affordable prices. Our Hanoi night street food tour will end at around 9:00 PM. It is time for you to get back to your hotel, take a shower and relax on your comfortable bed. Have a nice sleep then!

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For your convenience, take a look at our brief itinerary below:

  • 5:00 PM: Get comfort pick-up at your hotel lobby
  • 5:30 PM: Enjoy Water Puppet Show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
  • 6:30 PM: Walk into the Old Quarter and try various Vietnamese specialties served in streets like Hanoian
  • 8:00 PM: Have some Vietnamese coffee while having nice talks with hospitable local people
  • 8:30 PM: Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and crowded streets at night
  • 9:00 PM: Get back to your hotel. Tour ends. Our guide will say good-bye and see you again!

         3. Highlights of a Hanoi night street food tour:

This Hanoi night street food your will take you to explore one of the most highlights of Hanoi nightlife. This is the widely well-known Vietnam water puppet show. You may learn something about the local history and culture through these enticing shows.

hanoi street food tour at night

Next, it comes with those yummy street foods of Hanoi. Those delicious food vary depending on the weather and climate. If you visit Hanoi in summer, then don’t forget to try out those cool sweet gruel. This food is a perfect fit for those hot days in the capital.

hanoi street food tour at night
Sweet gruel

Or if you are in Hanoi this time – the winter time, then a hotpot, some grilled dishes like banana cakes, grilled corns or some kinds of cake such as stuffed sticky rice cake, plain rice flan rice cake, etc. will totally warm your day.

hanoi street food tour at night
Banana cake – Photo from Channel 14

Let’s see how much your body can take.

After taking a Hanoi Food Tour, you may know a lot about Vietnam cuisine in general and Hanoi cuisine in particular. The more you stay in Hanoi, the more you will fall in love with the rich capital of historical and cultural values.