Multicultural flavours


Comfort food favourites

There's nothing better than tucking into your favourite comfort food, and Sydney has a myriad of multicultural options, from piping-hot bowls of Japanese ramen to Vietnamese bun bo hue, to classic Neapolitan pizza.

  • Sitney, Thai Restaurant, Parramatta
  • El Jarrah, Lebanese Restaurant, Granville

Sydney's Multicultural flavours

Sydney offers every cuisine, from Malaysian hawker food to Lebanese charcoal chicken, plump Shanghainese dumplings, noodle soups and metre-long pizzas. Multiculturalism also has a strong influence on Sydney’s contemporary dining scene, with fusion fare and old twists on new favourites at many of the best local eateries. With so many unique cuisines, it’s tough to choose the best neighbourhood for a multicultural food tour.

For a rough guide on where to start, head to Marrickville and Petersham for Greek, Vietnamese and Portuguese food. Strathfield and Ashfield are known for Chinese delicacies, while Leichhardt, Haberfield and Five Dock have many popular Italian eateries.

Auburn, Granville and Lakemba have many Lebanese and Turkish restaurants, Kingsford and Kensington for Indonesian food, and Bondi for Israeli and Kosher food. Chinatown, Thaitown and Koreatown are all in the heart of the city. The City Centre is also home to some fabulous ‘eat streets'.

  • Vietnamese food, Sydney


    For Vietnamese, Cabramatta boasts the most Saigon hustle and bustle; the general standard is high, but if the choice of outlets seems overwhelming, make a beeline for Tan Viet Noodle House, where the dilemma between choosing the crisp-skinned chicken or the noodle soups is solved neatly by the option of getting both in the same order. Closer to the city, Marrickville offers some top Vietnamese feeds.

  • Cucina Italiana Cooking School, Annandale


    Italian eats can be found all over the city, but Sydney’s real Little Italy can be found in the streets of Five Dock, Haberfield and Leichhardt. Head to Norton Street in Leichhardt for pizza and pasta, and for those with a sweet tooth, a slice of ricotta cheesecake from Haberfield’s Pasticceria Papa is a must.

  • Chutney, Harris Park.

    Indian and Sri Lankan

    Looking for great Indian food? Head for Wigram Street in Harris Park, where the northern-style samosas of Ginger, the spicy Madras goat curry at Chutney and the crunchy chaat snacks at Billu’s are all but under the same roof. For Sri Lankan fare, head to Lidcombe and Homebush, or try in Kammadhenu in Newtown.

  • New Shanghai, Sydney


    Chinese immigrants have brought sophistication to the Sydney restaurant landscape for at least 150 years - so much so that the city now has a number of ‘Chinatowns’. Head to Haymarket in the south of the city centre for yum cha, Chatswood high-quality Cantonese fare, and Ashfield for the city’s best shanghainese dumplings.

  • Al Aseel, Lakemba

    Middle Eastern

    Middle Eastern food has long been one of Sydney’s strengths, and while Auburn and Granville are among the go-to neighbourhoods, Lakemba might still be king. Haldon Street’s Lebanese hits just keep coming, from fabulous felafels at Jasmins to the scrambled eggs with lamb sausage at Al Aseel or epic charcoal chicken and garlic dip at El Jannah.

  • Chat Thai, Sydney


    The blocks of Campbell Street that run from George Street to Elizabeth have recently been signposted Thai Town by the city in recognition of the top-notch Thai eateries in the neighbourhood, Chat Thai and Spice I Am key among them. For excellent Laotian and Thai dishes, head to Green Peppercorn, where go-to dishes include the Lao Sausage and the Nam Khao (crunchy rice salad).