Chinatown & Theater District

Boston’s Chinatown is the third largest Chinese neighborhood in the country. Located between the city’s Financial District and Theater District, Chinatown is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Boston. Locals and tourists alike are drawn to the area’s large selection of Asian restaurants and bakeries, where they can sample everything from dim sum to almond cookies. During the popular August Moon Festival, children carry brightly colored lanterns and revelers eat sweet cakes known as Moon Cakes, each containing a secret message. The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, which opened in 2005, is a tremendous resource for the community, providing residents with English-language classes, childcare, and social and recreational opportunities.

By the mid-’90s public and private developers banded together to revamp the Theatre District by eliminating the strip-club area known as the Combat Zone and restoring the landmark theaters. The result is a new hip, stylish, downtown for late-night scenesters. Today, this is an eclectic neighborhood where you will find many of Boston’s performing arts venues, such as the Wang Theatre, Charles Playhouse, Emerson’s Cutler Majestic Theatre, and Colonial Theater. If you want a night to remember, just add to your itinerary one of the many chic restaurants that are known for both their style and scrumptious meals. Over the years, the Theatre District has become the home of nightlife and club scene in Boston


South Station is located near the northeast corner of Chinatown and is convenient to the Chinatown Gate on Beach Street. From the Downtown Crossing stop, the northwest corner of Chinatown is about a 5-minute walk down Washington Street. The Chinatown stop is located at the northwest corner of Chinatown, and New England Medical Center is near its southwest corner.  From the Boylston stop, the northwest corner of Chinatown is a brief walk down Boylston Street.