Chinatown

Chinatown, Boston: Address, Chinatown Reviews: 3.5/5

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One of America's largest Chinese neighborhoods, Boston's Chinatown is located at the edge of the downtown shopping and financial districts.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • State • 1 min walk
  • Government Center • 2 min walk
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Louise M
Castle Rock, CO2,854 contributions
Worth at least one visit, more if time
Sep. 2021
We always love coming to a town with a thriving Chinatown as Denver does NOT have one. Great variety of restaurants. Not a lot of retail stores selling things other than food, but since we were staying on the outskirts of Chinatown we ate a lot of meals there during our 5 day stay. We tried dim sum at Empire Garden (our first choice) and Hei-La Moon, Hunan at Bubor Cha Cha (yummy), Cantonese at China Cafe (okay but not too exciting) and Vietnamese at Pho Pasteur (horrible!). Would have tried sushi if we'd had another day. Chinatown was small, clean and felt safe with most people masked.
Written September 22, 2021
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Bill A
Tampa, FL336 contributions
Knee How
Jun. 2021
Not that big of an area - but well worth the visit - especially if you love original Chinese food. You can find a private parking lot and/or park on the street. While in Boston for a week we went here 3 times and ate at 3 different restaurants - had a great time.
Written July 9, 2021
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Joe E
Farmington, MN36 contributions
Awesome Asian Appetite
Jun. 2021 • Family
Great area to checkout and eat in Boston!! We had gourmet dumplings and Hot Pot Buffet. Both were very good and reasonably priced!! The Hot pot was a fun experience. Even if you choose to eat elsewhere it is worth exploring while in Boston!!
Written June 13, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,134 contributions
Good Place for Food
Nov. 2020
We have always enjoyed coming here for traditional Chineses cuisine. A nice collection of historic restuarants and the historic neighborhood.
Written May 8, 2021
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serenescene1818
Boston, MA12 contributions
Lively, great people watching!
Feb. 2021
Small but homey. Interesting to be walking through, especially at the park at the Chinatown gate- love watching the elderly play chess and doing their tai chi. I love Edo Bakery's egg tarts- the skin flakes like baklava. For quick dimsum, I like Great Taste Bakery because you could just order what you want and not wait for the carts. For seafood, nowhere beats Peach Farm Restaurant. For soup dumplings, the DumpIing House. I don't like sitting inside any restaurant because of covid so I order takeout and take it down the street to the Chinatown Gate and eat on the outdoor tables while watching the people. If I need little things like caps, fanny packs, backpacks I buy it from the vendors in the little shops. It is part of my exercise routine to walk around Chinatown and then down to the waterfront.
Written February 24, 2021
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MJS
2 contributions
Must see!
Sep. 2020 • Couples
Boston’s Chinatown is like no other in the northeast region, and this is coming from an NYC native. Unlike NYC, Boston’s Chinatown has a very intimate feel. Which in my opinion adds to its appeal. There are endless options for food and beverages. If you’re a fan of dim sum there are a few options to chose from. You also have your trendy Asian fusion spots, and it wouldn’t be Chinatown without the traditional family style dining options. Lastly, if you have a sweet tooth, there are a variety of bubble tea and dessert spots!

If you ever find yourself in Boston definitely check out Chinatown!
Written September 7, 2020
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packerbeer
114 contributions
Interesting Short Visit
Jul. 2020
We were on a hop on and off tour and wanted to stop by. It is historical and good to watch people go about their business. Can be a good place to eat as long as you know where to go. Can not recommend any place in particular as we did not stop in as time was short but it did smell delicious.
Written July 31, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,134 contributions
Historic and Old
Jan. 2020
This historic neighborhood is quite small and worth a quick visit. And the food can be good if you know where to look. Historic and special. Very crowded.
Written June 25, 2020
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marinexbiologist
Maryland1,035 contributions
So Much Great Food
Mar. 2020
Although I didn’t get to spend a lot of time in Chinatown, it was such a thrilling opportunity to be walking around in the area. It has such an authentic vibe and there are restaurants and shops side by side all down Beach Street in Chinatown. If you are looking for authentic Asian cuisine, I highly recommend coming here. There are restaurants serving cuisine from multiple Asian countries. Chinatown and its historic gate entrance are just a short 2-block walk from the T station. I highly recommend taking time to spend a few hours here to enjoy a whole world separate from the hustle and bustle of Boston.
Written May 3, 2020
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Essexboy
Asfordby, UK387 contributions
Filthy tacky neighbourhood
Jan. 2020 • Couples
It's, a "must see" in all the guide books - however it's a big disappointment when you get there. It could do with a big clean up, the sidewalks were dirty & the shops completely run down - compare to Chinatown in London where the lights of the streets & restaurants shine bright - nothing to see here in Chinatown Boston
Written January 19, 2020
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