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.
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, is home to factory outlets, and World Square is filled with shops and restaurants.
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.