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Chinatown

Neighbourhood: Downtown Honolulu
As featured in 3 Days in Oahu and 4 other guides
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Address: 100 N Beretania St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-4712
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+1 808-521-3826
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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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something different amounst the pomp

Took the bus to Chinatown, sight seeing out the window on the way. when arrived was a bit apprehensive at first but soon realized we needn't be. We zig zagged up and down the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the bus to Chinatown, sight seeing out the window on the way. when arrived was a bit apprehensive at first but soon realized we needn't be. We zig zagged up and down the streets entering all the fantastic markets and shops. Don't be afraid of entering the shops and markets as they look small and cramped but that's the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chinatown was disappointing.We caught a bus there and as we got off there were homeless people in alcoves every where. Some places seemed really run down. It lacked the vibrancy of other Chinatowns.We went and had yum Cha / Dim sum at a restaurant and in discussion with the owner she said many of the smaller shops will shut early... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The main part of Chinatown is not visible if you catch the Waikiki Trolley, in fact you have to get off a stop earlier at the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii and walk along the river where you will see the Chinatown Cultural Centre and other more traditional Chinese shops and restaurants. It is also here where you will find... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the Waikiki Trolley red line mid afternoon and already the markets were closing. It looked a little run down and unsafe, not bustling and alive. It could have been the time we came. We had wanted to try the restaurant Pig and the Lady which rates quite high on the TA restaurants but after seeing the location decided... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The entire area stinks of urine Take a wrong turn and get face to face with groups of homeless people The stores and markets are absolutely filthy You will not see a health inspection in any windows and none of these businesses could ever pass. Unless you want some cheap plastic imported Chinese trinkets don't waste your time visiting the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the public bus out to have a look round, spent the morning mooching around the shops, had lunch, popped into the Union Bar for a drink. There was not a lot to do but we enjoyed the walking and seeing a different part of the city. We had read reviews about it being dirty and lots of homeless... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

As I grew up in the area, I see the new changes but there's still the old charm left here in Hawaii Nei's Chinatown. Kekaulike Market and Mauna Kea Marketplace is still alive and thriving. These markets still host the freshest of fruits and vegetables or daily catch of the day seafoods. Bakeries, dumpling shops, or meat shops with roasted... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Nothing much here. Very touristy but not the friendliest feel. If you want cheap Chinese trinkets, there's plenty here.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Don't bother going... We were expecting a fantastic day rich with history and secret nooks we could immerse ourselves in and most importantly, eat eat eat amazing food !!! but Honolulu's China Town is just a dirty smelly town with nothing at all worth seeing or experiencing. China Town in other cities around the world are full of excitement, colour,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Although a bit rough looking the area is very safe with a constant police presense There are very authentic places to have lunch Or if you are self catering there is a great selection of produce

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