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The area
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
How to get there
  • Eastern Market • 5 min walk
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Violet W
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Chinatown in DC just isn’t that good. There are a lot of shady characters in every corner, and I absolutely would NOT recommend going there at night. The only interesting things there were a few little restaurants, but even those are few in number. There are no cool stores, no really cool attractions. It was mostly just dirty and shady. It’s sad because I went many years ago and I saw it in a much better light then. I don’t think it’s worth visiting.
Written September 2, 2022
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Sandy W
Phoenix, AZ360 contributions
Jul 2021
Chinatown is smaller than we expected - can walk the few blocks in an hour. The only impressive thing was the entrance gate with its intricate designs. There are some impressive old buildings too. The usual touristy traps with cheap trinkets. Had some good coffee at Peets inside the bank. There are a number of beggars and homeless people (which is heartbreaking) but at the same time, rather scary. We saw a group of "dudes" arguing and pushing one another around in the main street area, wich was unnerving to say the least. We did have a nice lunch though at Wok ' n ' Roll which was reasonable.
Written August 7, 2021
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Angela S
Ada, OK2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Business
This is the only neighborhood I did not feel safe in. Very sketchy people walking around and it was not clean. The metro stop was smelly and as soon as you stepped off the subway you could tell it wasnt a good area. We visited in middle of the day and I did not feel safe.
Written April 12, 2022
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Daniel L
Apex, NC408 contributions
May 2021
The area at this point really shouldn't be called Chinatown. I heard that there used to be some authentic feel to the area, but nowadays there is almost zero it seems. Spent some time walking through, it is all just generic non-Chinese businesses and restaurants that arbitrarily just have some Chinese lettering on the signage. There's a point where you just honestly drop the lettering and the facade, and rebrand as something else.
Written May 25, 2021
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Traveldadvisor
20 contributions
Oct 2021
Chinatown in DC is straight trash! Do NOT make the mistake of bringing your kids here. Aggressive vagrants and what appeared to be multiple drug deals, all within one block. Nothing of cultural interest there other than the Friendship Archway (google it if you want your own picture). Stay away.
Written October 4, 2021
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YourHelpfulWendy
Miami, FL2,093 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Queen lindo! What a nice place to visit in Washington DC.

I loved all the beautiful buildings here and all the restaurants and shops here too.

We got our boba tea here and end up going to the portrait museum too.
Written July 6, 2021
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eric1963
va beach58 contributions
Spring break to DC. Had wife and 4 kids (13,11,5,3). Went to Chinatown for lunch. Bad mistake. Food at Wok and Roll Rest not great
...service poor. Chinatown does not seem to be the safest place to go. Many people asking for handouts and hanging around corners. Made
me very uncomfortable. Save a trip and go else where. Nothing really worth seeing.
Written April 6, 2007
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Hock Lye
Singapore, Singapore2,048 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Worth a visit only if you’re going there for a Chinese meal. There’s still a few ‘traditional’ Chinese restaurant left.
Written October 5, 2019
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PeteD
Jacksonville, NC1,047 contributions
I spent multiple days at the Fairfield Inn in China town. The area is loud and crowded but it's full of great Chinese food.
Written April 7, 2015
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Desigal7
San Francisco, CA267 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
The best restaurants in "Chinatown" are non-Chinese, Peri Peri, Clyde's and Legal Seafood. Very dangerous area at night with many drug dealers and drugged out people acting Scary, screaming, etc. Only go in daylight hours.
Written August 4, 2015
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