Food and wine in Chinatown

Highlights

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 Chinese and Cantonese to Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese, the authentic Asian flavours are a delicious attraction in Sydney.

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Delicious delights of Chinatown

Discover the mouth-watering delights of Chinatown and Haymarket, savouring authentic flavours, fresh seafood and seasonal produce. You’ll find a delectable range of restaurants, from yum cha to noodle bars to spice palaces, and an impressive variety of Asian cuisine in the lively food courts.

Visiting this bustling area is like a culinary trip to Asia, with the tastes of China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam on offer. Enjoy enticing smells as you explore the streets, markets and food courts or join a tour, such as Taste Cultural Food Tours’ A Taste of Chinatown.

With historic Capitol Theatre, small bars, karaoke bars and classic pubs, there are plenty of things to do and see day or night. Dixon Street is a popular dining spot. Some restaurants are open late at night, such as the Golden Century Seafood Restaurant, a Cantonese institution on the Sussex Street.

Sample tasty dumplings 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.

For fresh produce, browse Paddy’s Markets and at Asian grocers. Above Paddy’s is Market City where you’ll find a supermarket specialising is Asian produce and plenty of quick eats. A stroll north along George Street is World Square, where there is an Asian grocer and scrumptious restaurants.

  1. Spicy Panda

    Sharing the art and passion of authentic Sichuan cooking, Spicy Panda is a great new addition to the array of restaurants in Sydney's China Town, offering a signature dish of diced rabbit with cucumber – a dish one...

  2. Spicy Sichuan

    Ahead of the next dining trend in Sydney, the diners of Spicy Sichuan sit around large tables of the restaurant's bottom level with a bubbling pot the centre piece of every table. Throwing in raw ingredients to the...

  3. Thainatown

    Thainatown, a low-key, constantly buzzing Thai joint in Chinatown, serves foodies, students and Thai expats alike. The restaurant offers the usual menu of green curry and crying tiger, but it also serves up a myriad...

  4. The Bear

    Oddly located in the midst of Chinatown, The Bear is a small restaurant-cum-bar-cum-winter cabin. Yes, it’s a peculiar combination, but the cosy venue is proving to be popular with grown-ups who enjoy 70's fondue and...

  5. Caysorn Thai

    Southern Thai cuisine is known for its heat and tongue-tingling, nose-watering spiciness and that’s the order of the day at Chinatown’s Caysorn Thai. Try the house specialty: sour fish curry with lime juice, but pile...

  6. Chat Thai Haymarket

    In the heart of Thaitown opposite the Capitol Theatre, Chat Thai is renowned as one of Sydney's most authentic South East Asian restaurants. Everything here is fast, fresh and easy on the wallet. The only problem you...

  7. East Ocean Restaurant

    This sparkling, modern restaurant is one of Chinatown's brightest yum cha stars as well as offering an exceptional a la carte restaurant menu with an emphasis on seafood. The 400-seater East Ocean is a vast expanse of...

  8. Emperor's Garden

    Established in 1979 in the heart of Sydney's Chinatown, Emperor's Garden developed such a loyal following it had to be expanded to seat 350 patrons! The traditional Cantonese cuisine offers extraordinary value for...

  9. Golden Century Seafood Restaurant

    Trawling live seafood and crustaceans direct from the ocean and onto tables until 2am, the Golden Century Restaurant in Chinatown offers sizzling Oriental cuisine to a legion of hungry diners. The two levels of this...

  10. Golden Harbour Restaurant

    In the midst of Sydney’s bustling Chinatown is Golden Harbour Restaurant. This is yum cha that won’t break your budget; a good thing because the little morsels served are seriously moreish. You can choose your own...

  11. Jarern Chai Asian Grocer

    Jarern Chai is an Asian grocery store like you've never seen one before. Set up like a modern Italian providore, it's decked out with white subway tiles, plate glass windows and industrial chic chandeliers. The...

  12. Marigold Chinese Restaurant

    Haymarket's Marigold restaurant has become a cultural institution, bringing the best of Cantonese cooking and yum cha to the heart of Sydney. Unique or common, everything is washed down with small cups of refreshing...

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