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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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Not the best Chinatown that I've been to, however there are some hidden gems. There is a very cool Confucius statue in the courtyard just behind the food court. The food court... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Toronto, Ontario
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Toronto, Ontario
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not the best Chinatown that I've been to, however there are some hidden gems. There is a very cool Confucius statue in the courtyard just behind the food court. The food court / market had some good food at cheap prices. If you plan to purchase anything, make sure you bargain and bring cash!

Thank PdotChan
sydney australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

total waste of time shops full of junk nothing of any interest filthy streets and eateries do not go there at night and dont waste you valuable vacation time going to that part of town

2 Thank scotsman111
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I usually do any sightseeing in the morning before it gets too hot and crowded. We were intrigued by some recent travel pieces about how much Chinatown has changed and is becoming hipster-fied. All this may be true, we saw some evidence of nicer boutiques and restaurants. But at 10 am on a Tuesday all that was... More 

2 Thank Vivienne F
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One can find a wide variety of different and very unique asian dishes available in the Chinatown. A must for all the foodies.

1 Thank displayastanya
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

There are some nice markets here if you are really looking to cook local seafood and had an actual kitchen that you could purchase goods for. If you are a tourist there is really no reason to go down here because you aren't going to be purchasing fresh fish and produce. Skip this "attraction"

1 Thank M0reTravelPlease
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 482 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

You can get to Chinatown by grabbing TheBus or the Waikiki Trolley. I must admit that I was not overly impressed with this Chinatown, as compared to Chinatowns in other cities. It is easy to see why some people are not happy visiting here. The streets don't seem clean and like Ala Moana Park, there are more than a few... More 

1 Thank Allen21096
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

for one of the oldest chinatowns in the united states, it has no history... there were only two buildings that represent chinatown, and i was lucky to come across them... there are a few old school chinese restaurants, but the upscaled fusion restaurants are replacing them, one by one... chinatown streets are very clean, cleaned by the locals...if not, then... More 

Thank Andrew K
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

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 

1 Thank Richmondgibbo
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

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 

1 Thank Bulatai
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

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 

3 Thank Tony Y

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