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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
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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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there is nothing special about Honolulu's Chinatown - unlock San Francisco's. some good restaurants, that's about all.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
MZHI
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

there is nothing special about Honolulu's Chinatown - unlock San Francisco's. some good restaurants, that's about all.

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Toronto, Canada
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154 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been to much larger, better Chinatowns with more authentic food. Just walked around and did not end up staying long as it is quite small.

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Thank sail29er
Washington DC
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151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is barely big enough to be called a Chinatown. And at night, there are only a few places open. The food wasn't that good either. The hutongs of China are cleaner and safer. You can definitely scratch this from your bucket list without missing much.

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Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Fairbanks, Alaska
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We mostly visited just to look around but ended up finding some awesome food! Excellent Manapua, and we found some delicious Bulgogi! Enjoyed watching some ladies string fresh flower leis. Definitely an interesting experience.

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Thank Tera B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a place where we felt at ease. Felt like an unpleasant neighborhood...kinda strange crowd there...lot of trans people, but no one who looked friendly or open...bit unwelcoming scary place

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1 Thank Martine B
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Honolulu Chinatown is small and about 15min walk from the Lolani Palace. There are quite a few restaurants around the Chinatown Cultural Plaza and also along Maunakea St. It is a lot smaller than NY Chinatown. Dim Sum in Legends Seafood restaurant was good.

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Thank Albert F
Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely not a place to visit at night! It was quiet and not a safe place to visit, in particular with a family! We weren't told not to go to Chinatown by the taxi driver who dropped us off at the Honolulu Christmas Lights at City Hall, so we walked there! I wished we didn't venture off. Thankfully, we quickly... More 

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3 Thank 1966patricia
Honolulu
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80 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All the really cool bars and loads of fine restaurants, art galleries and music venues are here all in a 4-5 square block walking area. Parking is always tricky on the street but try the Chinatown Parking garages.

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Thank HGKCFP
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the Lion Dancing and celebrations during Chinese New Year. Other then in February this place is not really anything for tourists or locals to do around this area.

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Thank Tyler G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I decided to explore a little of Chinatown. We walked around, up and down and went in a few of the shops. Not much that we were interested in. When we asked the guy at the resort how to get here, he said 'why do you want to go to Chinatown?". He said there's really not much... More 

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