Drift Through ChinatownO‘ahu

A hub for the art scene, local nightlife and of course, Chinese fare, CHINATOWN offers a taste of a city built on a multicultural foundation. Catch the action at O‘AHU MARKET, known for the best sashimi (raw fish) in town, where you’re likely to see chefs from local restaurants bickering for choice fish, meats and produce. Or stop in a Chinese bakery and grab dim sum for lunch.

MAUNAKEA STREET is a good place to wander, boasting medicinal herb shops, lei shops, bakeries and stores full of eclectic wares. Many shops also set up street-side stands with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Located within 15 blocks in downtown Honolulu, Chinatown also is home to some 30 galleries; HAWAII THEATRE CENTER, a beautifully renovated 1922 performing-arts jewel; nearby HAWAI‘I STATE ART MUSEUM; as well as coffee houses, bars, restaurants and live-music venues.

This bustling theatre and market district also boasts a hip scene after dark with its abundance of offbeat EATERIES, WATERING HOTELS AND ENTERTAINMENT VENUES.

LUCKY BELLY is a trendy lunch and dinner locale. popular among locals, its gourmet ramen bowls and small

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