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Chinatown

100 N. Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817 (Downtown Honolulu)
808 521 3826
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As featured in 3 days in Honolulu
Ranked #117 of 159 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Buzzing with vendors, shoppers, business people and tourists, this sliver of Downtown Honolulu is an exciting mix of history, mystery and fun. Amid... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Canada
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290 reviews 290 reviews
161 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

chinatown is Okay. A few good dim sum restaurants, usual shops, souvenirs, cheap stuff. Chinatown is old and some not so nice areas, don't go at night. If you are downtown, walk to Chinatown and walk to the few streets for the experience. Lots of homeless people and see the impoverished of honolulu.

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Sunnyvale, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

We visited Oahu's Chinatown during our last trip. Although it's much small than San Francisco or LA's, it's worth a visit, especially if you've never been to one. Some of the other reviewers said it was dirty and sketchy. I disagree. It's definitely older than Waikiki, but all the streets were clean and I didn't see any homeless people, etc.... More

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I like that you can find good Chinese food here. It also has the more traditional markets. Very easy to get to since quite a few bus lines go there.

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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Do check this out! My husband and I have never been to Asia, but this made us feel like we were far far away. It was just the culture shock we were looking for. Definitely a must see. We did it in the morning, as we were advised not to do it at night. From Waikiki we took the 19... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Ya the Chinatown area is not very large but it is very authentic and the atmosphere is very real feeling.

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Hawkes Bay
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Have been to 5 Chinatowns and this would have to be the smallest one and the least interesting. Not much to see here.

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Bakersfield, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Do yourself a favor and don't go here. I have been to China Towns in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and NY. There is just no comparison. This is the dirtiest, ugliest, and worse of all 4. I have enjoyed my visit to all other 3 China Towns that I have visitied in the mainland. However, I can say that there... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our Chinatown is sadly lacking. In culture, cleanliness, eateries, and shopping. If you have visited any other major city's Chinatown, San Francisco, New York, LA, then you will be disappointed if you come here. There is currently a major homeless problem in Honolulu and it is very apparent when walking the streets of Chinatown. DO NOT come here at night.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Sorry to say this was a massive let down. I've been to various 'Chinatowns' but this one was just dirty, smelly & quite worryingly scary. Not inviting at all.

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Pensacola Beach, Florida
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I see all the bad reviews here and wonder what the heck those people expected. Having been to Chinatown in San Francisco and multiple other big cities, my wife and I both found this Chinatown to be just as we expected. Yes, there were homeless people mostly on the outer border streets, not in the center of Chinatown where we... More

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