Boston's Chinatown was built on a landfill, though this is no longer apparent; what now identifies this area is the truly mixed uses of land. Residential properties co-exist with family owned and operated businesses and local institutions.

Get in

Chinatown is nominally bordered by Essex Street (and the Downtown) to the north, Stuart/Kneeland Street to the south, Tremont Street (and the Theatre District) to the west, and Interstate 93 to the east. Due to its central location, it is well served by public transportation, and can easily be accessed by car as well.

By train

There are several subway ("T") stations located in or near Chinatown.

South Station also serves as a hub for most Amtrak trains entering Boston and commuter rail trains coming from the south or west of the city.

By bus

The Silver Line bus rapid transit service connects with several of the T stops listed above.

Other MBTA buses serve Chinatown as well: for more information on the closest bus stop to a particular address in Chinatown, see the 'Service Nearby' tool on the MBTA's web site.

By car

From the Massachusetts Turnpike eastbound, take Exit 24A. From Interstate 93, take Exit 23 (if going southbound) or Exit 20 (if going northbound). Driving in Chinatown is not recommended, as the streets are narrow and on-street parking is almost all by permit only, but there are parking garages around the South Station and Downtown Crossing areas that can be used. Also, the parking garage under the Boston Common is no more than a 10-15 walk from Chinatown.





For authentic Chinese cuisine, you can't do better than Chinatown (although you may wish to stay away if you prefer the Americanized dishes served at most Chinese restaurants in the U.S.). Chinatown is also known for having a number of restaurants that stay open late on weekends (3 or 4AM). Many of these restaurants have been cutting back their late night hours, so call ahead to confirm closing times. Another potential pitfall for late-night dining is the 2:00 rush from closing bars that may swiftly fill nearly all open restaurants.




Chinatown is a neighborhood of residential buildings and small businesses. The hotels listed here are directly adjacent to Chinatown.





Chinatown was formerly home to the "combat zone," a term created from all the World War II soldiers visiting the area. The "combat zone," is now a thing of the past and new development, like the luxury Archstone apartment building has been built.

Chinatown is perfectly safe, but like any major city neighborhood, you want to practice safety.


The Sampan Newspaper to learn more about the history of Chinatown.

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Routes through Chinatown

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