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Chinatown

Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
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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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This Chinatown is pretty small and I found it a bit disappointing. If you are looking for flower lei's or perhaps some jade or knick knacks it's worth going. I have been to a few... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
TryppAdams
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reading, PA
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794 reviews 794 reviews
370 attraction reviews
3,480 helpful votes 3,480 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I love food markets of all types. I was really looking forward to Chinatown market. It fell below my expectations. It was dirty and the prepared food look very unappetizing. If you are running out of things to do in Honolulu, stop here for a quick visit. Otherwise, do not bother. Plus, there are no bathroom facilities for public use... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This Chinatown is pretty small and I found it a bit disappointing. If you are looking for flower lei's or perhaps some jade or knick knacks it's worth going. I have been to a few Chinatowns and nothing about this one made it stand out to me as a place someone needed to experience. Hawaii has a lot to offer...... More 

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california
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101 reviews 101 reviews
54 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This Chinatown is very small with only a couple of blocks long but you can find some old, original Chinatown flavors here that other Chinatowns may have lost due to tourism. Here you can find stores that products lost or no longer made like the olden days. Preserved fruits and vegetables, old style dim sum are some of the items... More 

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Newbury, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Not a massive, but yet truly functional, China Town. We were lucky to be here for Chinese New Year and truly enjoyed the Parade including the Dragon Dances. Surprisingly big parade with quite a crowd. The Navy Admiral was present, as were other city and state officials. The Navy Marching Band and many local groups worked together to put on... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

After reading the reviews I was a little afraid to go here, but since our hotel is about 4 blocks away, we decided to check it out on a Sunday afternoon. Lots of shops close early on Sunday. It was dingy and dirty and there were homeless people, but no more than any other urban center I've visited and it... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Honolulu's Chinatown is NOT one that is set up to pull in tourists. Rather, it is one that is a real, working, eastern market. And to my mind, this made it all the more interesting. It you want an exotic experience of seeing unusual foods (pig's heads, whole ducks and chickens, lots of offal, and uncommon fruits and veg) then... More 

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Stanley, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Chinatown is quite an experience. It is sad to see the deterioration when there are some really great people trying to make a living and tourists would like to enjoy the cultural diversity. Unfortunately, there are so many people who seem to be mentally ill and there is smell of urine as one walks about the streets. I am quite... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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157 reviews 157 reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

this was a disappointment. It was around Chinese New Year and we had expected some activities, but nothing was happening. The area was run down and depressed. It was not representative of any other China town I have visited.

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Doha, Qatar
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We were expecting to see a vibrant place but ended up being disappointed. However, our kids were intrigued by the colorful trinkets and toys (that doesn't last long due to its low quality). What we didn't expect was the number of homeless people milling around Chinatown and the smell of pee was overwhelming as we walked around. Found a small... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I had read in one of the tour books that Chinatown was a great walk so we went. Well, can't say I found it very interesting. There were some markets but I thought the items for sale were cheap trinket type souvenirs. But glad I went though wouldn't make it a stop if we were to return to Honolulu. In... More 

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