Drift Through Chinatown

Food, Fun & After DarkOahu

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 fi sh) 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 HOLES AND ENTERTAINMENT VENUES.

LUCKY BELLY is a trendy lunch and dinner locale. Popular among locals, its gourmet ramen bowls and small plates will surely satisfy your stomach! Featured on CNN’S ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN AND BUZZFEED’S WORTH IT, THE PIG AND THE LADY went from pop-up to award-winning at a fast pace. The Vietnamese, French and local menu has diners heading back for seconds. Don’t forget to get dessert! LIVESTOCK TAVERN thrives on a seasonally rotating, modern menu of meaty mains, creative sides, wine and killer spirits. Meanwhile, SQUARE BARRELS pleases lovers of burgers and beer. BAR LEATHER APRON and the new, kitschy (and a little spooky) SKULL & CROWN TRADING CO. keep the bar scene lively. Popular boutique finds include ROBERTA OAKS for men and women, HOUND+QUAIL for hip collectors, and SENIA for those who want to try the menu at a restaurant that’s redefining the culinary scene here in Honolulu.

NOTE: At press time, many venues have revised hours or are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Be sure to check with individual venues for hours of operation.

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