An enviable reputation for authentic flavours, Cabramatta is a delicious day trip less than an hour by train from Sydney’s city centre. You’ll discover an enticing range of restaurants in bustling streets and arcades around Freedom Plaza, guarded by the lion sculptures of the Pai Lau – Freedom Arch.

Revered for Vietnamese food and other Asian cuisines, Cabramatta’s vibrant market atmosphere is a short walk west of Cabramatta Station. There are cafes, restaurants, bakeries, cake shops, butchers, grocers and fabric shops, among other tempting delights. John Street is the main thoroughfare.

John Street, Cabramatta

Accommodation is available, too. You can join a food tour, such as Gourmet Safaris or Taste Cultural Food Tours, and learn about Vietnamese food and culture, meet locals, shop for ingredients, and savour lunch. I Ate My Way Through’s tour explores the culinary treasures on a progressive lunch.

Visit fresh produce grocers for exotic fruits, fragrant Asian herbs and other specialty items. If you're not sure about a particular ingredient, just ask – shopkeepers and locals are more than happy to explain how they can be used. You’ll find grocers selling all kinds of Asian spices and sauces.

John Street, Cabramatta

Most restaurants in Cabramatta have their own specialties. Try roll-it-yourself goi cuon (fresh rice paper rolls) at Phu Quoc, an institution. Diners are presented with a platter of traditional Vietnamese herbs, fresh vegetables, rice vermicelli, grilled meat or seafood, and round rice paper sheets.

Another institution is Thanh Binh. Try a fresh salad of jellyfish, prawn and chicken with mint, pickles, lotus root and lemon topped with crushed peanut, or twice cooked soy aniseed duck on top of egg noddles. Pho Tau Bay is popular for its elegant broth in a traditional rice-noodle soup called pho.

There are also Chinese, Thai, Laotian and Cambodian restaurants. Try Golden Harvest Seafood for yum cha (dim sum) and Iron Chef Chinese Seafood, known for its pipis tossed in chili and XO sauce. In nearby Canley Heights are more fabulous dining options, such as Holy Basil and Chi and Co.

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  1. Ghost Night

    Friday 19 October 2018 to Friday 16 November 2018 , Parramatta

    As you wander through the candlelit corridors and rooms of this 217 year old residence, sense the presence of Australia’s first governors, their families, the military, the convicts who worked the Domain – and the native owners of the…

    19 Oct - 16 Nov
  2. Loy Krathong Festival

    Saturday 17 November 2018 , Parramatta

    Take part in the beautiful traditions of Thai culture at the Loy Krathong Festival. The magical energy, sounds and flavours of Thailand will be on display, with enchanting lighting treatments, traditional games, and a range of delicious…

    17 Nov
  3. Tragedy and Triumph Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Saturday 17 November 2018 to Friday 14 December 2018 , Parramatta

    Tragedy and Triumph exhibition in the Lucas Gallery of Hambledon Cottage Museum continues the Female Factory Story with Reverend Samuel Marsden and his quest for better conditions for the convict women. He performed marriage ceremonies for…

    17 Nov - 14 Dec