Chinatown
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As a historic district in Honolulu, Chinatown offers a charming way to spend the afternoon. The area is a time-honored juxtaposition of old and new, where traditional markets co-exist with swanky art galleries. Stroll down Maunakea Marketplace where you can find exotic fruits, traditional herbs, and even watch noodles being made. You can also people-watch at River Street Pedestrian Mall and snap a photo of the iconic Hawaii Theater nearby. Get here via the Waikiki Trolley Hop-on-hop-off trolley tour, on a Hawaii food walking tour where an expert will bring you to all the must-eats in the area. – Tripadvisor
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  • Tuperdu2
    San Diego, California23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Star of the show is Mei Mei
    Mei Mei Chinese BBQ is a must eat! $12 for the meal and for the flavors and quality we were impressed. Only 4 stars for Chinatown tho because it’s extremely desolate now and kinda a ghost town. I would say worth the trip for the meal and that’s about it. Nothing to see in Chinatown tbh :( sad but true.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
  • jarasta
    Las Vegas, Nevada178 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perhaps Worth a Visit
    I will also give it three stars. It is worth a worth a visit a visit if you are visiting for a week or more, but with urine stained sidewalks, dirty floored groceries and restaurants, and tons of homeless this area might not be for faint of heart. It is also becoming more and more Vietnam Town as Vietnamese language is fairly common now. For Asian tourists with a kitchen and a penchant for cooking this is a must visit at least once for the variety and freshness of groceries...
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 2, 2024
  • Susan S
    Firestone, Colorado88 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very local feeling
    This was a good place to get some local food. There is hot food, iced fish and lots of vegetables and fruit. The bread is really yummy too. We parked in the parking garage and walked up and down the street. It’s not the cleanest of places and sometimes the smells can be quite disgusting. But it was definitely worth a visit just to see what it’s all about. I even picked up a souvenir to take back home. It definitely quotes down after noon, so if you go then visit early.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written May 12, 2024
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Susan S
Firestone, CO88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This was a good place to get some local food. There is hot food, iced fish and lots of vegetables and fruit. The bread is really yummy too. We parked in the parking garage and walked up and down the street. It’s not the cleanest of places and sometimes the smells can be quite disgusting. But it was definitely worth a visit just to see what it’s all about. I even picked up a souvenir to take back home. It definitely quotes down after noon, so if you go then visit early.
Written May 12, 2024
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Sharon
Canada506 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Skip Chinatown. A total waste of time. Very run down and many shops closed. So disappointing, as most Chinatowns are lively and lots of fun.
Written February 6, 2024
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jarasta
Las Vegas, NV178 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I will also give it three stars. It is worth a worth a visit a visit if you are visiting for a week or more, but with urine stained sidewalks, dirty floored groceries and restaurants, and tons of homeless this area might not be for faint of heart. It is also becoming more and more Vietnam Town as Vietnamese language is fairly common now. For Asian tourists with a kitchen and a penchant for cooking this is a must visit at least once for the variety and freshness of groceries...
Written February 2, 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,309 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
I didn't find the neighborhood overly interesting, and it is certainly nothing like Chinatown in San Francisco or New York. However, this is where you find Opal Thai which provided our most enjoyable dining experience when visiting Oahu for the week.
Written January 10, 2024
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Tuperdu2
San Diego, CA23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Mei Mei Chinese BBQ is a must eat! $12 for the meal and for the flavors and quality we were impressed. Only 4 stars for Chinatown tho because it’s extremely desolate now and kinda a ghost town. I would say worth the trip for the meal and that’s about it. Nothing to see in Chinatown tbh :( sad but true.
Written September 19, 2023
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Jaym35x
Massapequa, NY87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Went to look for a smoothie we tried 13 years ago found the spot and it tasted the same. Cool experience and plenty of cheap eats and little shops to get little trinkets reminded me of canal st in Brooklyn
Written July 26, 2023
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Llewellyn53
Melbourne, Australia4,267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Chinatown is still a vibrant shopping area typical of Chinatown areas elsewhere. Yes it is sad to see the number of businesses that have closed in the area but there is a constant local police presence which is reassuring. We go to buy fresh fish (sea bass and salmon) and fruit and vegetables. It is also the only place we have been able to buy Laoganma crispy chilli in oil. There are multiple outlets so check them out before deciding where to buy the best deal. Remember to take an insulated pack to keep the fish cold. Sellers will offer free ice in bags as chiller packs.
Written June 24, 2023
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J-Yves H
San Francisco, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This place is not scary as some would suggest. You can find a few homeless people. Some places can be smelly, the same you can see all around Honolulu. But thats not Chinatown. All stores and markets are colorful and vibrant. You can buy Good and cheap Chinese/Japanese food. Its really a Chinatown for Asians, without all tourist traps.
Written June 8, 2023
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Patricia S
Tallahassee, United States5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Scary. homeless everywhere and few shops even open if we were brave enough to leave the car. GPS brought us to a very bad area and we had a hard time getting out. hawaii needs to help these people asap
Written May 15, 2023
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1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Turn out to be one of my fav spot on Honolulu! Worth to visit. It took me back to the 1899. If you are a fan of history, you would love this place.
Written March 28, 2023
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