This bustling business district in Sydney's northern suburbs is the place to be if you fancy tucking into Asian food or taking in public street art. There are concerts galore at one of the north's biggest cultural hubs and just like most northern suburbs, the leafy streets are home to countless parks.
Things to do in Chatswood
The Concourse is the cultural hub of the North Shore. It works as a concert hall, theatre and rehearsal space as well as hosting an array of live arts and popular entertainment. Its outdoor Urban Screen is a free public programme that spans everything from digital art to live broadcasts of sold out performances.
While Chatswood has a mini-CBD vibe, its laneways are decidedly cooler and full of attention-grabbing street art. The public sculptures and urban art projects on display are an initiative of the local council and transform traditional commuter spaces into drawcards that embrace the whole community.
Nearby Roseville is home to the fantastically charming Roseville Cinema. Unlike the mega-screen complexes, this old-school, twin-screen cinema feels as if it's from another era so go with the flow, suspend reality for a while and enjoy the homely atmosphere before you exit and step back out into the modern world.
Eat and drink in Chatswood
Chatswood Mall Market attracts hungry diners from all over on Thursdays and Fridays as Victoria Avenue turns into a bustling street food market that has stalls from every corner of the globe - try everything from African goat burgers to Turkish gozleme and Teppanyaki-style squid noodles with Szechuan sauce.
The Asian food in Chatswood is also on point. Khao Pla is one of the best Thai restaurants in Sydney and offers the kind of cuisine that people travel for. Ramen aficionados head to Manpuku, go for the dumplings and noodles at Bao Dao Taiwanese Kitchen, and Ipoh Club inside Chatswood RSL, serves up Malaysian Hawker fare.