Food tasting is a great way to learn about a place. The way of cooking, the way locals eat, the ingredients, the presentation, the smell, and the sound, all tell a lot about the place and the people you are visiting.
In developing countries like Vietnam, dining in a fancy restaurant is wholly different from dining in a local restaurant that opens to the sidewalk. There is something about the street food scene in this country. Streets are filled with vendors selling a plethora of food, generating an interesting experience for tourists and creating a distinctive ambiance for the city's sights.
You can try the food by yourself because it's easy to find food stalls on almost every street in Vietnam, especially in big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. But to get a deeper insight into local life and culture, taking a food tour might be a better option. The tour guide knows the best places to eat and can tell stories about each dish.
There are a few kinds of food tours you can choose, depending on your budget and what you are looking for in a tour. It can range from 2 hours to half-day or full-day tours. It is just scrolling around the streets that are famous for street food or hopping on a scooter riding from district to district and visiting nice cafes or bars at the end of the tour, it’s all about your choice.
Ready to taste some of the best food on the streets? Scroll down to see three types of food tours in Vietnam that our clients love the most.
Most food tours with a local guide take around 2 hours. You will take a stroll on streets that are close to each other and famous for their street food scenes and sample the most well-known dishes of the city. Your local guide will introduce you to the main ingredients of the food and reveal some stories behind the bites. See the bustling life at a local market, sit next to locals, enjoy the food the way they do, and chat with them as there might be someone speaking your language, that’s the best way to sink in the local life. You will also visit some city landmarks on the tour. It’s more than just a food tour. It’s a tasty cultural walk.
What is a better way to experience the local cuisine than having a chef as your tour guide? You will be escorted by a food expert to wander on the streets that showcase the best food scenes of the city. Your chef knows exactly where to eat so go with an empty stomach as you will try all the best bites. He will teach you about culinary culture, traditional cuisine, how each dish was originally made in the past, and how its taste changed over time. He knows the secret ingredients behind each dish that the seller uses to maximize the flavor. He can also give you the recipe if you want so you can make the dish on your own when you come back home. Ask as many questions as you want to. We don’t have meals with a chef every day.
Riding a scooter in the chaotic traffic in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh can be a bit challenging but it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss. Everything can be loaded on a scooter in Vietnam, from plants, piles of packages, families of four with playful toddles and sleeping babies. But it’s amazing to see how the traffic flow is so graceful and smooth.
Sit behind a driver and let him ride you through the congested streets to visit restaurants that are famous for locals. The scooter is flexible so the choice of restaurant is diverse, from district to district. Your driver who is also your guide will tell you about the city’s stories while swinging, show you how to eat the city’s specialties the right way. You will also visit a hidden cafe for acoustic music and a bar to chill when it’s late into the night.
Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Choose a tour you want, speak to our tour experts, and let them customize your own Vietnam trip.