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Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter

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The Basics

A visit to Hanoi wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Old Quarter. Here you can admire the neo-Gothic St. Joseph’s Cathedral, tour the Huyen Thien Pagoda, explore Ngoc Son Temple, and pass through the Old City Gate—one of four original entrances to the heart of the Royal City.

Guided tour options through this bustling part of town abound. Sightsee on a traditional cyclo tour through the ancient streets, sample some of the neighborhood’s best Vietnamese bites on a food-centric walking tour, or explore the Old Quarter’s numerous shops and markets on a guided shopping excursion. A variety of half-day walking tours cover the area’s top highlights, while full-day Hanoi city tours often include a visit to the Old Quarter.

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Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Street Food - Small Group Tour
Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Street Food - Small Group Tour
$22.00 per adult
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Great experience
Absolutely loved the food tour, catered to suit our group of 4. Our guide Jenny spoke very good English and was very helpful and friendly. I most likely wouldn't have tried the different food offered to us had we not gone on the tour. Highly recommended
Chris_S, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Hanoi

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Excellent guide and tour
victorlX3348VE, Aug 2019
Street Food Tour & Water Puppet Show at Hanoi Old Quarter
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, particularly you can customized it as much as you like. We took the suggestion from the tour company and rented a car (with a driver) to travel around. Even though the distance is not far, for foreigners like ourselves, the car is more of a safety option - not because of people, but for the organized traffic chaos! We asked for a food tour and sightseeing combo, definitely recommend!
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A lovely afternoon in the Old Quarter
BurgessLdn, Nov 2019
Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour Guide (half day)
My guide Minh was really lovely and didn’t get us lost too much 😄. The tour was a lovely discovery of a few landmarks of the Old Quarter. Because of the puppet show I had decided to attend my tour was cut a bit short but still enjoyable.
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Excellent street food tour!
Joel P, Oct 2019
Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Street Food - Small Group Tour
I highly recommend this excellent tour. It'a a great value - six different stops for a variety of authentic Vietnamese Street foods. Our guide Lucy was very knowledgeable and friendly. and the food was great! It's a walking tour, so one gets a great sense of the Old Quarter. We ate at places we would not have gone to on our own, including a great coffee place hidden in the back of a second floor building.
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Great tour
GrandTour806384, Aug 2019
Street Food Tour & Water Puppet Show at Hanoi Old Quarter
We had a great day with Huyen and Kien. They suggested some options and took us to Ho Chi Ming Complex, a secret café, and famous bun cha restaurant and accompanied us walking around the Old Quarter. They were very informative and we got to know about the city and their culture well. We also felt secured being with locals especially on ourfirst day in Hanoi. Thank you Huyen and Kien!
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Fun and great value
Brizzie2, Aug 2019
Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Street Food - Small Group Tour
I liked the great price, multiple choice of times for this tour with flexibility to change, and the communication was prompt and clear. Our lovely guide was knowledgable and personable. It was a bonus to explore little alleys and upstairs dining areas along with the varied and tasty foods we tried. Be warned, some may not fancy the very old and sometimes grotty entrance areas to our stops, however, I found it a great adventure. We had 8 on our tour, which was just manageable in the busy Hanoi streets. Original Egg Coffee was a perfect finish to the tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Old Quarter is a must-see for first-time visitors to Hanoi.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

  • Come hungry—the Old Quarter is packed with cafés, bars, bakeries, and restaurants.

  • Shops and restaurants in Hanoi’s Old Quarter often accept both US dollars and Vietnamese dong; be sure to ask which price is being quoted.

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How to Get There

Hanoi’s Old Quarter is located on the west bank of the Red River, roughly 45 minutes by road from Noi Bai International Airport. The most convenient way to get there is by taxi, cyclo, or a ride-sharing service. If you opt for a taxi or cyclo, it’s a good idea to negotiate the fare in advance.

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When to Get There

The Hanoi Old Quarter is lively throughout the day, but things tend to quiet down around 8pm when restaurants stop serving. Autumn and spring bring mild temperatures and light rainfall, ideal for walking around and enjoying the sights.

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What to Eat in the Hanoi Old Quarter

Due to limited space in the old buildings, street food is especially popular in the Old Quarter. Don’t miss out on some of the neighborhood’s most famous dishes, likebat su (China bowls),cha ca (roasted fish),pho bo (Vietnamese beef soup), and egg coffee.

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