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 bustling retail precinct, it's all about bargains and the markets – fresh produce, seafood, fashion, gifts and more.
Arcades, shops and Paddy's
Explore bustling Haymarket and Chinatown and you'll feel like you're in a vibrant Asian shopping precinct. You'll find bargains galore in Paddy's Markets, which dates back to the 19th century. The Haymarket location – there's another Paddy's in Flemington, western Sydney – has hundreds of stores selling fresh produce, seafood, spices, fashion, gifts, gadgets, plants, jewellery and more.
The malls, arcades and markets of Haymarket and Chinatown are an exciting destination, with an eclectic range of shops. Located above Paddy's Markets is Market City, several floors of a tempting mix of factory outlets, knick-knacks and homewares. There's a fishmonger and a butcher too, and budding chefs won't want to miss the Thai Kee IGA; it's one of the best Asian supermarkets in Sydney.
In Thai Kee IGA, you'll find frozen edamame, fresh greens and other Asian foods and sauces, cheap woks, bamboo steamer and a great range of budget blue and white Asian crockery. From here, amble back down to the streets of Haymarket and Chinatown and browse the enticing shops and vibrant arcades.
The Sussex Centre, on Sussex Street, has a fabulous food court. There are also three retail levels in the centre selling clothes, furniture and electronics. Tiny Shun Fai Modern, also on Sussex Street, is worth a peek for its red paper lanterns, good luck charms, jade novelty items, waving cats and velvet beaded slippers. Dixon and Goulburn streets are popular for shopping and restaurants, as well.
Stroll east to the shops and arcades of groovy World Square, bound by George, Liverpool, Pitt and Goulburn streets. More than 90 specialty retailers are in World Square. For book lovers, head to Lee Street, near Central Station, where you can stock up on bargains at Basement Books, which has a brilliant selection of cut-price bestsellers, new releases and classics.