Chinatown & Haymarket Restaurants

Restaurants in Chinatown and Haymarket

Chinatown stretches from Harris Street to Castlereagh Street in Sydney's city centre. This bustling area is the Chinese gateway to traditional Asian grocers and restaurants for the locals and visitors.

Chinatown’s dozens of restaurants provide meeting places for visitors and the large Chinese community living nearby. One of the most popular, Golden Century, is bustling day and night until very late. Live lobster, crab, barramundi and trout fill its fish tanks.

Yum cha, usually consisting of Chinese tea and steamed, fried or baked small dishes, is served at lunchtime in many of Chinatown and Haymarket's restaurants. Diners can choose from dozens of dishes on circulating restaurant trolleys.

Dixon Street, in the heart of Chintatown, features several Asian food halls. Similar to Asia’s open-air hawker centres, each features independently-leased stalls serving a range of Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian and Indonesian dishes.

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  1. Spicy Panda

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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...

  13. Market Grill

    Market Grill

    Escape the buzz of the George Street nightlife and retreat into the elegant arms of the Market Hotel. Cleverly rejuvenating an old bank building with an extravagant fit-out, this multi-levelled venue features a funky...

  14. Miga Restaurant

    Miga Restaurant

    Located at the top end of Dixon Street in Haymarket, Miga Restaurant brings authentic, specialty Korean cuisine to Sydney's buzzing dining scene. Miga is Australia's first Korean degustation restaurant, offering table...

  15. Pho Pasteur

    Pho Pasteur

    Despite it having simple tables and a basic shop front on George Street, the constant crowd of uni students, families and office workers indicates the fantastic flavours of Pho Pasteur. The menu is a small selection...

  16. Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant

    Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant

    Hidden upstairs among the cluster of Asian restaurants in Haymarket, Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant offers an extensive menu of live lobster, meat and banquets. Open for lunch and dinner seven days, climb the stairs to...

  17. Rim Tanon

    Rim Tanon

    Thai street food restaurant Rim Tanon is a friendly, casual eatery located in bustling Haymarket, the heart of Sydney's Thaitown. The kitchen keeps to the Thai tradition of delivering fast, cost effective meals and...

  18. The Eight

    The Eight

    Courtesy of the Zilver hospitality group, The Eight restaurant serves authentic Chinese food from Mondays through to Sunday for lunch and dinner, including yum cha from early in the day. Located within Haymarket's...

  19. Three Tone Cafe

    Three Tone Cafe

    With the huge population of Asian restaurants in Sydney, it's refreshing to have a lighter option. Three Tone Café in Haymarket is a Vietnamese cafe boasting great coffee, light meals and Vietnamese desserts.

  20. Wagaya - Sydney

    Wagaya - Sydney

    Located across the tram tracks from Market City in Haymarket, Wagaya is a Japanese style tapas bar where you can order via touch screens at your table. The restaurant has an extensive beverage list including cocktails...

  21. Yardhouse Bar and Brasserie

    Yardhouse Bar and Brasserie

    Taking residence in the former Paddy McGuires Pub, the designers of the new Yardhouse Bar and Brasserie have retained the building's old-worldly charm. Positioned close to the Capitol theatre, the menu is designed to...

  22. Yok Yor Thai Food Factory

    Yok Yor Thai Food Factory

    Walking into Yok Yor is like walking into a bustling Thai construction site but instead of building houses, the hard hatted chefs create delicious Thai meals. The menu is comprehensive, including Thai favourites and...

  23. Zilver


    Chinese cuisine takes on an interesting twist at Zilver Chinese restaurant. Bringing a stylish face and a love of seafood to Sydney's Haymarket area, Zilver combines modern sensibility with classic Chinese cuisine....

  24. Waitan


    Waitan is all about opulence. With a 10 million dollar fit out, you're expected to pay $10,000 in membership fees to access the exclusive second level. If that's a bit out of your reach, you can feast on traditional...

  25. Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine

    Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine

    Stray from the main Dixon Street strip to visit Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine, a stylish but affordable Chinese eatery. Continuing Sydney's love affair with steamed pork buns, as well as a range of dumplings and...

  26. Cafe Kasturi

    Cafe Kasturi

    Cafe Kasturi offers a variety of all time favourites Southeast Asian dishes. In addition, the food is certified Halal. These dishes are made to perfection to ensure their authenticity. Experienced chefs from Malaysia,...

  27. Umi Kaiten-Zushi

    Umi Kaiten-Zushi

    Umi Kaiten Zushi is a modern Japanese dining bar, right in the heart of Sydney's CBD. Great for power lunches or an after-work meal, Umi Kaiten-Zushi has specialist sushi chefs, who use only traditional Japanese...

  28. Field House Restaurant & Bar

    Field House Restaurant & Bar

    Citigate Central Sydney is situated within walking distance from Cockle Bay, Central Railway Station, major shopping and entertainment precincts. The heritage listed and beautifully renovated Field House Restaurant &...

  29. Guylian Cafe - Darling Quarter

    Guylian Cafe - Darling Quarter

    Located in the vibrant Darling Quarter, Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe is a chocolate lovers dream come to life. Indulge in one of the many beautiful desserts from the extensive range of tarts, macaroons and cakes....

  30. Encasa


    Encasa is Spanish for "at home" and that's exactly how you'll feel in this comfy Sydney restaurant where authentic and satisfying tapas will tickle your tastebuds. It tends to get rather loud at Encasa, but this only...

  31. IPot


    Chinatown's IPot restaurant offers diners a Chinese hotpot experience with a twist – diners do their cooking at the table in individual soup pots, which encourage sharing but allow for personal choice. Diners can...

  32. Thai Hot Pot

    Thai Hot Pot

    Experience a truly unique dining experience in Sydney's Asian food capital Haymarket at Thai Hot Pot. Diners get involved with the traditionally inspired dining ritual with a double hot pot placed in the middle of the...

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