Early start this morning! Transfer from your hotel to our meeting point where you and your tour guide will explore the little alleys and discover the daily lives of locals.
First, visit a vintage coffee shop for a delicious caphe sua da (Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk) and watch the world go by, taking in the sights and sounds of modern-day Hanoi.
Take a stroll past St. Josephs Cathedral, a towering neo-gothic structure dating back to 1886, making it the oldest church in Hanoi.
Next, head to the bustling Nha Chung alley, a popular place for locals to come for breakfast with a multitude of vendors hawking food and vegetables. Nearby is an old French house, where we will ascend its rickety wooden staircase and meet a local who has lived in this relic from the past for decades. As long-time Hanoian, he has lived through the cities turbulent history and witnessed its rapid development first hand. Take the opportunity to hear his story and listen to his unique perspective of this ancient city.
Finish the tour by having lunch at a vintage Vietnamese restaurant decked out in 70’s décor that will take you back in time to a recently liberated Hanoi.
Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure and meet your guide in the early evening for more exploration.
PM: We meet at a stylish Café and start the evening with a cocktail and a delicious snack from one of the nearby vendors before jumping on the back of the vintage Vespa. After weaving through the magical, busy back streets of the Old Quarter, we soon arrive at a fascinating joint, right on the railway tracks where we try some infused rice wine and a buffalo jerky appetizer. It’s back to cruising through the narrow streets again as we head toward our next foodie place, a lively restaurant serving Bun Cha. This is a quintessential, must-taste Hanoi dish of rice noodles, grilled pork, and meatballs, with a side of Nem (spring rolls).
We then head out of the Old Quarter and ride toward West Lake to try the local specialty of Pho Cuon, and learn the art of spring roll wrap ‘n’ roll, Vietnamese style with fresh and fragrant ingredients, and the Pho noodle. A short ride on the Vespa takes us to our final port of call, next to the stunning Opera House. The halcyon days of the 1930’s may be over, however, this Jazz Club will wow you with a truly unique blend of styles— 30’s Jazz and traditional Vietnamese music.