Chinatown
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In the heart of Lower Manhattan is this large Chinese enclave that is New York City's Chinatown. Here, you'll find a melting pot of Asian cultures—traditional dim sum, grocery stores, noodle houses, souvenir stalls, and bubble tea shops, plus modern concepts like cool speakeasies and bars. You can also head to Columbus Park to see locals practicing tai chi, playing chess, and going about their days. Take a guided tour of the area to learn more about Chinatown’s rich history, which often includes other nearby iconic districts like Little Italy and SoHo. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Bursting with an amazing array of sights, sounds, and smells on every block, a visit to Chinatown feels like entering a different world. It’s a colorful spectacle that gets even more crowded on weekends, when families stream in to enjoy huge dim sum feasts and to stock up at the markets on Mott Street. To take a break from the buzz, grab something sweet from one of the many bakeries in the area and head to Columbus Park, where many Chinatown residents exercise, play games, and chat the day away.
How to get there
  • Grand St • 4 min walk
  • Canal St • 5 min walk
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  • Catherine C
    Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    friendly neighbourhood
    people in chinatown in friendly. many eateries around, especially the bakery shops. authentic cantonese bread and pastries. very fresh and good deals in fruits along the streets. fresher than in supermarket. love the whole are and vibe is asesome.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Julia s
    Phoenix, Arizona6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dim sum.
    Nee hao ma Kyae kyaes'. I have been writing a lot lately; and my happiness is always Thinking of you. That; I ended up in Phoenix; Arizona since last June. Was cooking; washing Chinaware; and Cleaning. but; I checked back in at Cass. For the reason; any of you could kind to Contribute; a room; or a basement; or a Garage would be kindly appreciated. please write me back once you receive my message. shae shae nee thaw kai shaut. Was shopping in Denver; Colorado for about five years at; Pacific ocean marketplace. And; I found Fry's in Downtown; here in Phoenix. Fried Dumplings; Chicken lo mein; and Tariyaki Chicken.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • lucycan
    San Diego, California3,495 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice area
    This was my first time to this area. Quite close to City Hall and downtown. Seems like there are some good restaurants here and most cater towards locals. Lots of shops selling cheap crap too. And some nice markets but also lots of people selling fakes. Worth the time to walk through.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 October 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,951 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Brief Visit
    Chinatown in New York City is very much like Chinatown in London or Toronto. There are plenty of restaurants to get something to eat as well as shops to buy Chinese souvenirs or quirky gifts. It's nice to get an idea of how different cultures live and what's on offer.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 December 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,978 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Chinatown is quite large and has taken over quite a few blocks that had been Little Italy. There are many shops, small specialty grocery stores and restaurants. We took a walking tour through Chinatown and our tour guide said this is the cheapest place to buy NYC souvenirs. This is worth a visit and a stop for lunch or dinner.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
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soinic
Lux.2,470 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very interesting to have a walk in Chinatown, explore the markets, street vendors, restaurants, tea rooms ....

Be prepared to stand also the smell of the fish on display at the street vendors' stalls 🙊

Friendly people, safe neighborhood...

Great for picture taking and discovering "terra incognita" 🤩
Written 11 May 2024
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Kaan Kuskonmaz
Istanbul, Türkiye284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
There is a little China here. This district has everything cheaper, and if your time is flexible, you can explore Chinese cuisines.
Written 1 May 2024
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Elisabet T
Paris, France80 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
With over 30years, working, travelling and living in Asia, I was so disappointed.
8y in Hong-Kong, so we love chines food stores people etc. This was sad story. Not worth the visit, unless you are looking for something very special from their pharmacy.
Written 27 April 2024
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,978 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Chinatown is quite large and has taken over quite a few blocks that had been Little Italy. There are many shops, small specialty grocery stores and restaurants. We took a walking tour through Chinatown and our tour guide said this is the cheapest place to buy NYC souvenirs. This is worth a visit and a stop for lunch or dinner.
Written 22 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,059 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
It's fascinating to visit Chinatown in NYC. Authentic neighborhood with restaurants, tea shops, stores and small markets or sidewalk vendors selling fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and an assortment of items. You will encounter some interesting smells. The area seemed a bit gritty but certainly no issues during the daytime. Not sure about at night.
Written 8 April 2024
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Jill S
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Absolutely awful. Would never go back. Was comparing to London Chinatown which is fantastic, very clean, with excellent restaurants. Streets were filthy, restaurants similar. Eventually found a place, which was so busy, they wanted us out as soon as we had finished our food. Would suggest you don’t bother visiting this area. There are so many great areas and restaurants. Try the Asian restaurants in the Hell’s Kitchen district - much better!
Written 2 April 2024
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Bea
957 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I really adored the Chinese-style buildings, the narrow bustling streets, many little shops and fantastic restaurants. Absolutely a must to vist/
Written 12 December 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,951 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Chinatown in New York City is very much like Chinatown in London or Toronto. There are plenty of restaurants to get something to eat as well as shops to buy Chinese souvenirs or quirky gifts.

It's nice to get an idea of how different cultures live and what's on offer.
Written 10 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

lucycan
San Diego, CA3,495 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This was my first time to this area. Quite close to City Hall and downtown. Seems like there are some good restaurants here and most cater towards locals. Lots of shops selling cheap crap too. And some nice markets but also lots of people selling fakes. Worth the time to walk through.
Written 20 October 2023
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Betty J
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Sucked we ate at a Chinese restaurant the waitress was rude basically threw our food on the table. And stood on the other side snd watched us eat… Then we get the check with two one with the price and a hand written price with the cost of food and what they wanted for a tip.
Written 3 October 2023
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