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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
Phone Number:
+1 808-521-3826
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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Nothing much here. Very touristy but not the friendliest feel. If you want cheap Chinese trinkets, there's plenty here.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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PULLMAN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Saskatoon, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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KCMO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Whenever I visit Oahu, I make at least one trip to Chinatown. It's not very big and the shops are fascinating. Good prices on produce if you're doing your own cooking, too. There's an Asian Center (can't remember the actual name) that conducts daily tours for approximately $20.00 which include food samplings.

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Chinatown is a great place to visit if you are looking for the cheapest fruits and vegetables on the island. There are a ton of places to purchase so make sure to try to walk around as you will find just about everything you need. We were told that there is a lot of crime and theft in this area... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

You see lots of Japanese tourists here and you know about Japanese residents because of WW II but did you know that there is a very vibrant Chinese population and a Cinatown. It is a maze of shops and restaurants and art stores but it's also a slice of history and very interesting

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Hobart, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Lots of great restaurants. We ate at a dumpling restaurant which was absolutely delicious. Quaint shops, especially if you are into retro shopping. We got lost, which was a bit of a mistake as not far is a park which houses homeless families. Very sad. Ross stores is in Chinatown and a great place for bargains of any kind.

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1 Thank Marysems
Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

There were many Chinese businesses, but I did not feel that they were as accessible to tourists as the Chinatown is in San Francisco. I felt let down.

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Dallas, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My husband was anxious to have an authentic Chinese meal, so we hopped a bus and headed for Chinatown. Never before have I seen such a run down, filthy, foul smelling place touted as a tourist destination. Shops and restaurants we looked in were dirty. The entire area smells of urine and worse. Dazed addicts were asleep in the doorways... More 

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