We will take a world trip and discover the culture and everyday life of the Vietnamese in Berlin, far away from the main tourist paths.
Spring rolls, rice paper and Pho-soup, the Vietnamese cuisine is loved all over the world. But who are the people behind the well known catering and retail industry? What do we know about the history, the daily life and the culture of Vietnamese immigrants in Berlin?
In a few hours, this special tour takes us around the world and allows us to experience a piece of Vietnam in Berlin. We explore Lichtenberg-Hohenschönhausen- the Vietnamese Center in East Berlin and meet people who tell us about their destiny, the efforts to earn money and the challenges of everyday life in post-reunification Berlin. We get to experience the friendliness and openness of the Vietnamese people and get a view into their cultural mind-set and attitude to family, work and leisure.
A highlight of this tour is the visit to the Dong Xuan Centre, a huge Vietnamese market. Full of exotic treats, there is much to discover in this buzzing hub of the unknown. The variety offered here includes restaurants and food stalls, fruit and vegetable shops, hairdressers, massage parlors, clothing stores and nail salons as well as traditional cleaners
The cuisine is an integral part of everyday life for Vietnamese people and as we wander through the halls, unfamiliar odors flow towards us from one of the busy soup kitchens. The original Vietnamese cuisine is a real pleasure, with steaming Pho soups, baked desserts, delicious pasta dishes and fresh herbs making up the menu.
We want to have fun, explore new cultures and take a look behind the facades. We will meet interesting people and discover secret places.
What you get on this tour:
personal encounters with locals
Exploring the former East-Berlin district of Lichtenberg
insights to the vietnamese culture
visiting vietnamese shops and the fascinating Don Xuan Market
down to earth atmosphere with entertaining and insightful anecdotes from the local point of view
free taste of traditional vietnamese food
high-end Vintage Bikes not to be found anywhere else
lasting memories including a series of pictures of each tour