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Chinatown

Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
As featured in 3 Days in Oahu and 4 other guides
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Address: 100 N. Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
Phone Number: 808 521 3826
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: Buzzing with vendors, shoppers, business people and tourists, this sliver...
Buzzing with vendors, shoppers, business people and tourists, this sliver of Downtown Honolulu is an exciting mix of history, mystery and fun. Amid the lei stands, noodle factories, hole-in-the-wall eateries and herbal medicine shops, the Oahu Market attracts locals recognizing it for savory selections of fresh meats, fish and produce. Remember to frequently look up from the street level while walking around the district since many of the old buildings that were renovated have retained their original façade and completion date on the second story.
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I am Chinese and been to most of the China town in the world! you name it!

I am Chinese but not too proud to be there! personally I can not stand anything dirty! I went because it was walking distance from my rental apt,saw quiet a lot of tourists... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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san jose ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Spent a hot, muggy morning exploring here with our 3 teen/tween kids. It was hot, smelly, sort of sketchy. We felt like we were traveling rather than vacationing. Despite the sketchiness, we always felt safe and everyone was very friendly. Not sure I would want to be there at night though. Lots of grocery stores with things you never heard... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

What a great place with open shops everywhere. Good food to munch on all over the place. Truly authentic and fun. If your in Honolulu go and start your day at Chinatown and then meander your way to the center of town...

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san jose ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I am Chinese but not too proud to be there! personally I can not stand anything dirty! I went because it was walking distance from my rental apt,saw quiet a lot of tourists around! you can see quiet a variety of Asian food around!

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Budd Lake, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

If you are looking for a touristy/Disney version of Chinatown then this is not it. This is an honest area where an authentic food court with oriental food and several markets with real Asian staples are to be bought. Take it for what it is and don't expect anything fancy. Yes, there are some homeless people in the area -... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My friends and I usually head to Honolulu's Chinatown at least once for an epic meal. We enjoy poking through the old stores and experiencing a bit of Honolulu's history. The area hosts many stores and restaurants, and is within easy walking distance of the hotel area of Honolulu. The restaurants offer a variety of Chinese restaurant cuisines and range... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Food & stuff were cheap -- but not as exciting as in San Francisco's Chinatown! Definitely do not visit there on Sunday!

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Hawkesbury, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Most interesting walk through the shops and Market with a stop for DIM SUM, as good as Hong Kong and all wrapped up in CHINATOWN in Honolulu. Visit a noodle factory, a Chinese Bakery, a tea shop,choose some herbal medicine or the fresh food and vegetable shops. There is every kind of fruit and veggie you can imagine along with... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were disappointed with Chinatown. Parking was difficult to find and it was quite dirty. Would recommend going somewhere else.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I went for a walk and its dirty! The shop owners sitting on crates messing with food they are serving and i see no sanitation going on. I will never eat down there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

It's kind of old, too many homeless scattered around, no good Chinese cuisines, don't understand why the gov don't do anything to uphold this china town.

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