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Chinatown

Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 100 N Beretania St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-4712
Phone Number: 808 521 3826
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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Small compared to other Chinatowns...

I'm Chinese and I'm very familiar with NY's Chinatown. And I've been to Chinatowns in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Hawaii's Chinatown is smaller, and there's much more... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Christopher Y
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm Chinese and I'm very familiar with NY's Chinatown. And I've been to Chinatowns in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Hawaii's Chinatown is smaller, and there's much more Vietnamese influence and presence here. But there are a lot of familiar sights and smells here...food markets and shops. I don't think that there's much to really see or do here, except... More 

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Windermere, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved walking through the stores in Chinatown. It is only a few blocks but there are really interesting stores to shop and great restaurants to eat in.

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would not visit this area again. It was dirty and smelly on the streets. Homeless people were squatting around the area when I was there at around 5pm on a Sunday (most shops were closed by this time, as I later realised). Nothing to see or eat at that time. Definitely avoid... particularly after 5pm on a Sunday.

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Ballarat, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This part of Honolulu is worth a visit. It is not far from the downtown area, and easily accessed by TheBus. This area exists not for the benefit of the tourist, but rather for the people who access the services it provides for them - markets, services, cultural activities. There are still some interesting historic buildings to be found.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Chinatown covers many blocks and includes much if the modern commercial district. Some open-air food stalls and not far from Foster Botanical gardens.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We went there on a Sunday afternoon around 5-6pm. There were a lot of homeless people and a lot of the stores were closed. We didn't feel safe to leave our car so we just drove by. We went there a second time, not on a Sunday and it was around 2-3pm when we went. The second time was much... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

I read so many good things about Chinatown and I have been to Londons, and New Yorks Chinatown. Absolutely nothing even remotely close we ended up not buying anything got crazy stares from people. Oh did I mention cockroaches everywhere!!! In Hawaii they post on their door if they passed inspection and literally not one store did it was shocking.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Chinatown in Honolulu is a great place to visit once you need a break from the tourist that swarms the beaches of Waikiki. It is roughly 3-4 miles away from the busy hotels. A must visit for great Chinese food and plenty of fruits in the open market. The prices are affordable and a great chance to see one of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

We walked from Waikiki, about 2 hours, we also took the bus at 35 minutes (air conditioned) which was so convenient. We enjoyed our time there, and especially loved the Smiths union street bar (oldest bar in Honolulu). This is a local bar, with fantastic waiters, locals, and very cheap drinks. We also walked around and found alot of interesting... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Dirty, smelly, almost scary. We encountered Honolulu PD on every block. So disappointing after visiting Chinatowns in other cities, notably San Francisco. A local advised us AFTER we left, not to waste our time. Glad we left within an hour of arriving!

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