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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

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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Great deals and good food

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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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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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Caught the bus downtown to see Chinatown and could not believe my eyes! Normally, you'd expect to see a 'gate' to Chinatown with red poles, lions and other decorations. No, there was none of that. The bus stop that I otr off at was opposite Dr Sun-Yat-sen Memorial Park which was the starting point for the Lonley Plaent's sell guided... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Visited Chinatown hoping to visit some of the locations mentioned in James Michner's Epic novel "Hawaii" and was a little disappointed. There are a few bars and shops a la BROOKLYN but other than those just a lot of vegetable fruit meat and fish markets. Great if you are cooking in Honolulu but not if you are staying in a... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

With all the associated sights, sounds and SMELLS...Honolulu's Chinatown is rich in history and the "Chinese" cultures, in quotes since there are deep sections associated to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, etc. :) Amazing place for Honolulu's coolest, healthiest and most delicious foods!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

As we had a 5:30 dinner reservation at The Pig and the Lady (truly a wonderful leal and experience) we went directly from the Bishop museum to Chinatown. Parking was easy and we were there by 4:00. AThe galleries would be worth getting there earlier as they mostly close by 5. Rather like Soho in NYC, there are art galleries,... More 

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