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Neighbourhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 100 N Beretania St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-4712
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+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 at 10 in the morning

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank displayastanya
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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"

Thank M0reTravelPlease
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Allen21096
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

We took the Waikiki Trolley red line mid afternoon and already the markets were closing. It looked a little run down and unsafe, not bustling and alive. It could have been the time we came. We had wanted to try the restaurant Pig and the Lady which rates quite high on the TA restaurants but after seeing the location decided... More 

Thank Mum2Munchkins
Ottawa, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

The entire area stinks of urine Take a wrong turn and get face to face with groups of homeless people The stores and markets are absolutely filthy You will not see a health inspection in any windows and none of these businesses could ever pass. Unless you want some cheap plastic imported Chinese trinkets don't waste your time visiting the... More 

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