Chinatown

Chinatown, Honolulu: Address, Phone Number, Chinatown Reviews: 3/5

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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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Jayne
2 contributions
Not worth a visit!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Too excited to see it but very disappointed. Totally nothing to visit there and so much of homeless people.

Not worth a visit if you are a tourist.
Written 17 October 2021
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Emily
Boise, ID172 contributions
Good restaurants but otherwise not worth the visit
May 2021
We were in Chinatown on a Saturday in the evening to find some dinner. We were surprised how many shops were boarded up and how little activity there was there other than the restaurants. It's fascinating as places like The Pig and the Lady, Lucky Belly, and Livestock Tavern are all highly reviewed and many were full up on Saturday, but the area around them was completely dead other than some of the homeless population wandering around. I really expected more shops and things to see, but it just felt like a ghost town. Unless Honolulu can get this area up and running again, I'd say just go get some food, but don't expect to walk around and see much.
Written 3 June 2021
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Samantha W
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Chinatown is authentic Honolulu
May 2021 • Couples
This area has the best food in town. Like seriously, pick any restaurant here. You will be happy. There are also have really great flower and nicknack stores. The buildings are amazing, especially if you are interested in architectural history and/or plague history. That said, they are experiencing some community issues right now that seem to have been amplified because of the pandemic. Homelessness and economic downturn have made the neighborhood a little rough around the edges. You should still come experience it. The cultural significance of the community and the unique and local shops make it worth the trip. Most buildings offer parking for a small price. Would like to see more events and tours available, but with the pandemic, it’s understandable why there aren’t. And honestly? It’s kinda nice to be on Oahu and not feel like you are in a tourist trap.
Written 31 May 2021
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mogooooooooo
Dallas, TX4 contributions
What you can expect to encounter
Apr 2021
This afternoon my wife & I walked from Waikiki Beach to Chinatown. It is a great walk with plenty of sights and many bars, cafes & restaurants on way to beat the heat. Once we arrived at Chinatown, we found many homeless people either mentally ill or on drugs. It was alarming to see just how many people were struggling. We did not feel unsafe but felt intimidated enough to return back home. We've read of many a great restaurant & business and simply want to make everyone aware of what they can expect to encounter.
Written 21 April 2021
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Steph & Dan
57 contributions
The real deal! We love it!!
Apr 2021 • Couples
We absolutely love Honolulu's Chinatown. We visit a few times a week and find something new every time we go. There are many unique and delicious market stands, shops, and restaurants to explore. Tons of hidden gems all around - as long as you are open and curious to taking in the experience for what it is versus expecting it to fit some touristy / tourist-centric expectation. Chinatown is the real thing and is a community of real people - raw, beautiful, and amazing just as they are. <3

We recommend taking your time walking around and discovering some of the many bakeries, souvenir shops, fruit and veggie stands, fish and meat markets, jewelry shops, boba/bubble tea stands, family-run grocery stores, and more. Fresh, affordable, and unique treats you can't get anywhere else! Chinatown is also the home to Honolulu's oldest bar and tattoo shop. Come check it out and support such a kind and friendly community here in Honolulu!
Written 3 April 2021
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Jill H
Springfield, MO40 contributions
DO NOT GO AT THIS TIME
Mar 2021
The heart of the city has many homeless people, even encampments along the streets. Chinatown at this time seems very dangerous (I am sorry to say this for the great shop owners with wonderful fresh bakery and fruits and food.) I have traveled extensively and in Chinatown Honolulu I was afraid to take my money out of my wallet, as the homeless people there greatly out number the shoppers. It was common for the homeless to hoot and yell things at the shoppers. I felt afraid when I got outside of the view of the multiple police cars that were in the area. I can only guess Covid has taken a toll on the ecomony at this time.
Written 30 March 2021
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Inspiration744899
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So So
Feb 2021
Visited Chinatown late yesterday afternoon. Overall the prices were good, if you carefully check the quality and condition of the item. Also, some of the vendors were very helpful and honest. Nonetheless, some of the vendors were, I believe, dishonest as well as pushy. For example, upon purchasing some items, I found several vendors trying to short change me on my payments. Although the sums at issue were relatively nominal, I found this troubling and disturbing. Be careful.
Written 21 February 2021
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Eva T
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
There are crazies, homeless, druggies and mentally ill criminals all over Chinatown
Aug 2019
VERY DANGEROUS. There are crazies, homeless, druggies and mentally ill criminals all over Chinatown. It's very sad that anyone would allow this to continue. I was there taking pictures while visiting, and a homeless looking man thought I was taking his picture and he threatened my life. Oahu is experiencing a severe drug and mental illness problem.
Written 16 July 2020
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mpelostlucie
Port Saint Lucie, FL59 contributions
Loved the shops and Dim Sum
Jan 2020 • Solo
Authentic grocers, dim sum, bakeries. Easy to walk around. Better place to buy jewellery than Waikiki Highly recommend
Written 21 March 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,898 contributions
Not Much
Feb 2020
China Town in Vancouver BC is much better. This really doesn't have any atmosphere and there is no place to park. We drove around a little and found nothing interesting to make us want to stop. Pretty blah from out stand point.
Written 20 March 2020
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