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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 #112 of 155 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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Bakersfield, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The FIRST FRIDAY of every month, Chinatown's art, clothing and designer shops keep their doors open and offer cocktails and sales. There is street entertainment, music and some vendors. I thought this was a really cool art event worth checking out! Many reviewers have mentioned the homeless in the area and the "sketchy" vibe. While that may be true on... More

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Seattle, USA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We came by just to check it out. Pretty low on the totem pole for tourist activity, BUT... We found some really great restaurants in the area we tried Lucky Belly for lunch (GREAT) and had dinner at Grondin later in the trip - also really good with good service. Best bet for parking is the community parking structure which... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I took my 12 year old here for a bit of different culture while my husband took my older girls to Pearl Harbour. I was so disappointed. Compared to the rest of Honolulu it was dirty, seedy and I really felt unsafe....even at 11am! I wouldnt bother, its not worth the trip($25 taxi) There is nothing special to see except... More

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