Chinatown and Haymarket

With all the colour and excitement of an Asian marketplace, Chinatown and Haymarket offer an enticing mix of restaurants, noodle bars, food halls, and shops and markets full of bargains. Enjoy world-class shows too at the historic Capitol Theatre, a beautiful venue on Campbell Street.

Check out the exciting events calendar for musicals, ballet and other performances at the Capitol Theatre, which offers backstage tours as well. Kick off the new year with the Lunar New Year celebrations for the traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Mongolian lunisolar calendar.

Two women dressed in traditional costume during Chinese New Year celebrations, Chinatown

The food experiences are amazing. From Chinese and Cantonese to Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese, the dumpling houses, neon-lit nooks and food courts of Chinatown and Haymarket are irresistible. You’ll find a delicious range of restaurants, from yum cha palaces to hole-in-the-wall eateries.

The shopping is fabulous, with bargains galore. Explore malls, markets and arcades, and discover some of the best Asian supermarkets in Sydney. The iconic Paddy’s Markets dates back to colonial times, Market City is home to factory outlets, and World Square is filled with shops and restaurants.

Paddy's Markets, Chinatown, Sydney

Getting to Chinatown and Haymarket is easy. You can walk from Central Station or Town Hall Station or take the light rail. This vibrant area is an ideal starting point too for exploring the many attractions of nearby Darling Harbour, such SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s penguins and dugongs.

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  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Sunday 20 January 2019 to Sunday 19 May 2019 , Chinatown And Haymarket

    Sydney’s Golden Ticket has arrived. Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is a delectable treat featuring songs from the original film, including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man and I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,…

    20 Jan - 19 May
  2. Chinatown Night Market

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Friday 22 February 2019 , Chinatown And Haymarket

    The Chinatown Night Market is a multicultural community market that is very popular with the city locals and is now rapidly becoming a major tourist attraction in Sydney. As part of the Asia On Your Doorstep project during Good Food…

    25 Jan - 22 Feb
  3. Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Lion Dances

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2019 , Chinatown And Haymarket

    With plenty of drumming, flamboyance and skill, the Chinese Lion Dance teams bring Lunar New Year to Sydney’s Chinatown. An integral part of City of Sydney’s Lunar New Year Festival, the Lion Dance is a Chinese tradition stretching back…