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Chinatown and Haymarket

  • Night markets in Dixon Arcade Chinatown, Sydney
  • Chinese New Year Twilight Parade

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Dining in Chinatown and Haymarket

Yum cha, ramen, dumplings, crispy duck, salt'n'pepper squid, tapioca pearls or just a simple chilli chicken stir-fry? Sydney's Chinatown is a melting pot of eateries. From Cantonese to Malaysian, Thai to Vietnamese, the dumpling houses and neon-lit nooks of Chinatown and Haymarket present an irresistable attraction.

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About Chinatown and Haymarket

With all the colour and excitement of an Asian marketplace, Chinatown and Haymarket offer an enticing mix of restaurants, food halls, noodle bars and quirky shopping experiences.

Known for hole-in-the-wall restaurants, packed food courts and yum-cha restaurants, Chinatown is home to a wide variety of dining options. Find establishments ideal for a quick bite to eat, multiple course meals of regional delicacies, late night snacks and evenings of upmarket dining. Please your senses with the flavours of Kuala Lumpur during a visit to Mamak, sample tasty dumplings and other classic yum-cha dishes at Marigold Restaurant or Din Tai Fung, or enjoy Sichuan cuisine with a touch of chilli at Spicy Sichuan or Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant. Please your palate with exotic Thai flavours at Chat Thai Haymarket or savour a mix of classic and modern Japanese fare at Wagaya.

Home to the iconic Paddy’s Markets, as well as a variety of other retail stores and factory outlets in Market City, there are plenty of ways to whet your appetite for shopping in Chinatown and Haymarket. Find the next addition to your wardrobe, shop for unique homewares or pick up ingredients to recreate authentic Asian dishes at home.

The busy streets of Chinatown have evolved into a late-night entertainment precinct, with bars, theatres and cinemas pulsating into the night. For an evening of popular hits and quirky Asian tunes, make your way to one of the precinct’s many karaoke bars. Head to the Capitol Theatre to enjoy a world-class musical or join a backstage tour to discover the history and inner workings of the venue.

Located close to Sydney’s Central Station, Chinatown and Haymarket are ideal starting points for exploring the many attractions of nearby Darling Harbour and the city centre. Take a 15 minute walk north to Circular Quay to see the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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  • Sea Bay Restaurant, Chinatown

    Food and Wine

    Tantalise your tastebuds with Asian cuisines spanning from Cantonese and Malaysian to Thai and Vietnamese. Find traditional and unusual ingredients at an Asian grocer or make your way to one of Chinatown’s diverse eateries. Relax and unwind after a satisfying meal with a drink at one of the area’s pubs or bars.

  • Paddys Markets, Chinatown

    Shopping

    Browse through the stalls of Paddy’s Markets to find food, clothing, souvenirs and more. Find a fashion bargain on the racks of Market City’s factory outlets or stop by World Square and the Sussex Centre for some retail therapy. Visit the many small retailers that line the area’s streets to discover great gift ideas.

  • Twilight Parade, Chinatown

    Events

    Celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year by joining the celebrations of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. Head to the Capitol Theatre to see a performance of a popular musical or stage show. Make your way to the Chinatown Night Markets on Dixon Street, held each Friday 4pm - 11pm.

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Performers in the Chinese New Year Parade. Year of the Snake
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