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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 #114 of 157 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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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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601 reviews 601 reviews
472 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
48 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Bendigo, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Our experience entering Chinatown was a bustling trading hub for locals /business and certainly not for tourists. We persisted and found a 'food court' which was a couple of blow mould tables and street vendors. Mostly Filipino food , over cooked. We chose Thai and had some good food. Not sure how much msg was in it as I was... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Took the red line trolley. Place looked a bit dodgy from the trolley with plenty of homeless around. We were tempted to give it a miss but thought we had come so far that it must be good. The genuine Chinatown appears to be about ten blocks of run down shops selling pretty much anything Chinese that you can buy... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We wanted to check out some shops and go to dinner here, but were severely disappointed. It was the dirtiest, sketchiest part of the city, with homeless people lining the sidewalks everywhere. Some individuals were involved in a yelling match and we did not feel safe at all in the area. This was all around 5 pm on a weekend,... More

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