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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

Buzzing with vendors, shoppers, business people and tourists, this...

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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Not What it Use to Be

In the past (1980s and 1990s) when I vacationed in Hawaii, I always enjoyed going down to Chinatown. While a lot of the buildings were old and beat-up, there was a lot of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Joe S
Decatur, Indiana
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Decatur, Indiana
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27 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In the past (1980s and 1990s) when I vacationed in Hawaii, I always enjoyed going down to Chinatown. While a lot of the buildings were old and beat-up, there was a lot of "character" and "history" there. Wo Fat's has the best Chinese food I've ever eaten. Wife and I enjoyed going into some of the herbal places that advertised... More 

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We like to come to Chinatown to eat. They Vietnamese restaurants are our favorite ones. Also, if you come at the right time, you can shop for fruit here. The fruit is very fresh and very cheap. I recommend buying your Hawaiian pineapples here for $3 versus $15 to $20 at the airport.

Thank divingpcola
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146 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Most tourists might be "put off" by a place like this, but we loved it! I encourage everyone to look past the worn facades, and let yourself go on an adventure! The lei shops...watching the ladies carefully stringing hand selected flowers, and the wonderful scents of the flowers. Great. The endless passage ways of food vendors, everything imaginable. Chinese, Japanese,... More 

1 Thank timot61
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go to China town while on Oahu to get our vegetables and fruits to eat. We always stay in condos so we cook a lot of our meals. They have the best prices for veggies and fruits. It's a interesting experience looking at all the foods they sell. Inside the huge market they sell fish and shrimp we have... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd read other TA reviews about HNL's Chinatown really being one for locals as opposed to tourists (that's cool w/me), & also about there being a lot of homeless there. I felt prepared. Our goal was a browse & lunch in the food stalls at the Maunakea Marketplace (TukTuk Thai =yummy!), which we completed...but rather hastily... ...I must admit the... More 

1 Thank Alexandra B
Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over the last few years, China Town has become a foodies destination! There are so many great places to dine...Pig & The Lady, Down Beat Diner and Duc's Bistro, just to name a few. Also, if you have the opportunity to check out China Town's First Friday events, every first Friday of the month, it's loads of fun!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went hear on the recommendation of others. i had no reason to buy anything for our room so not sure why I walked through the filthy smelly markets. I went to the noodle factory and it is a bay with bags and boxes and tragic to see people working in there. Don't waste your precious holiday hours here. Nothing... More 

1 Thank Doreen T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Is the second oldest Chinatown in USA , Goo d place to visit and enjoy the local fruit at a cheap prices, sugar cane juice is delicious and cheap, if you're coming from Waikiki take bus 2 or 13 and exit Chinatown stop it cost $2.50 and takes 22 minutes. A must place to visit and see how locals... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been going to this part of Honolulu for years... the cultural differences, in comparison to other parts of Honolulu, are readily apparent. Many tourists experience culture shock when the walk around this area. Unusual items for sale, weird smells, different foods, people speaking different languages... with items that are displayed in ways that are not normally encountered. There... More 

1 Thank lwj
Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Convenient parking deck in the middle of town to park. We spent about an hour and a half just walking around and looking at all the unique shops, open produce, fish and meat markets. Nothing really spectacular , but if you have an hour or so to spend while in Honolulu and have never been to a Chinatown before, stop... More 

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