Shopping in Chinatown and Haymarket
Asian pop culture products, factory outlets and some of the best Asian supermarkets in Sydney can all be found in Haymarket and Chinatown's stores, arcades and malls. Still, for most heading to this retail precinct, it's all about the markets.
Arcades, shops and Paddy's
Explore the malls, shops, arcades and markets of Haymarket and Chinatown and you'll feel like you're shopping in South East Asia. Haggle to your heart's content at Paddy's Markets which have been operating for 150 years. The Haymarket location (there's another Paddy's in Flemington) has a variety of stalls where you'll find everything from food, fashion and gifts to gadgets, plants, jewellery, crafts and more.
Is it a market? Is it a shopping centre? It's both! Market City, Haymarket's famous mall-of-sorts, located above Paddy's Market, is a tempting mix of factory outlet stores, knick-knacks and homewares. Budding chefs won't want to miss the Thai Kee IGA; it's one of the best Asian supermarkets in Sydney. Head here for frozen edamame, fresh greens and other Asian foods, cheap woks, huge bamboo steamers and a great range of budget blue and white Asian crockery.
Venture further afield to the shops and arcades in groovy World Square, bound by George, Liverpool, Pitt and Goulburn streets. The Sussex Centre on Sussex Street has a fabulous food court that's tipped to be one of the area's best. There's also three retail levels selling Asian clothes, furniture and electronics. Tiny Shun Fai Modern on Sussex is also worth a peek for its red paper lanterns, good luck charms, jade novelty items, waving cats and velvet beaded slippers.
For a true Asian treasure trove, try Morning Glory on Goulburn Street. It sells funky papergoods and all things cutesy and fluffy. And, super-fast readers can stock up on bargains galore at Basement Books on Lee Street, which has a brilliant selection of cut-price bestsellers, new releases and classics.