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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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went at rhe wrong time

A few years ago I remember my wife and I getting fruit and dim sum here. This trip we went late on a weekend in the afternoon and it was dead. Make sure to go earlier when the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A few years ago I remember my wife and I getting fruit and dim sum here. This trip we went late on a weekend in the afternoon and it was dead. Make sure to go earlier when the market is going or around dinner.

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los angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I am writing this review as a devotee of the islands and downtown in particular - and some of the confused comments from reviewers here. If you are looking for the ordinary, don't come here. Chinatown in Honolulu is an oddity. I have been coming here for 40 years but there are things you should know. Do not come here... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

What else can I say. At the end of a long day we dropped in for a quick meal. Walked up an arcade/laneway, passed some stalls selling tourist things and turned into a building that looked like a market selling fresh food and takeaway. The smell wasn't the best and when we saw the rat we immediately left. To be... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Although efforts are constantly being made to improve both the atmosphere, and appearances in Chinatown; it is still a rather dirty location in Honolulu. There are many homeless people; who live on the streets there, and there is the smell of urine on the sidewalks in several locations. During the day it does provide locals with a large selection of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We had read in several guidebooks that this was worth a visit. Don't think it was because it was pretty dirty & lots of homeless. We did have lunch in a nice restaurant we enjoyed--Lucky Belly. Tasty food & friendly service We walked to the Iolani Palace from here & it was definitely worth a visit. Wouldn't go back to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is like the Redfern and Surry Hills of Sydney before it got gentrified. Little trendy and expensive boutiques, art galleries and vintage shops. Also trendy bars and restaurants plus great cheap Vietnamese and Chinese Food. Do yourself a favour get out of the Waikiki tourist trap and go get some decent food for a good price.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is a pretty typical American Chinatown--dirty and not worth the trip. There were lots of homeless people here, and several who called out to us with crass comments about how we looked like we had money. We got out as soon as possible. Not a fan. Not worth it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Some Chinatown, such as in San Francisco or New York are worth visiting. This one is small, limited and not worth going there.

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Seattle WA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We were there on a Sunday dinner time, so maybe too late in the day. I had heard it was a good place to get leis. No vendors in sight. We did find Cindy's Leis, but expensive prices. Most stores closed, even boarded up. Graffiti & homeless people who were pointing & talking about us. We could not get out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The original China town was burnt down many year ago. That is why you will find most buildings are made of local stone. Not any different from any other China Town but historically a great place to spend some time.

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