I just love Sydney’s Chinatown!!! It has the BEST ASIAN Food I have eaten so far and what makes it so awesome is that you find food from all Asian countries in one spot: from Thai to Korean, Chinese, Japanese over Malaysian Roti’s…It’s all here represented with its amazing restaurants and food courts. And right next door is Sydney’s Haymarket and of cause Darling Harbour… Come and take a walk with me 🙂
Sydney’s Chinatowns Location
Planning on Staying in Sydney’s Chinatown?
The Closest area to Sydney’s China Town is Darling Harbour or Town Hall station which is only a few walking minutes away! Check out loads of hotels and apartments right at Darling Harbour via BOOKING.COM/Darling Harbour and compare prices with Sydney hotels via Agoda.com/Sydney
Walking through Chinatown
Entering Chinatown from Darling Harbour’s side and walking on Dixon Street you walk past one of the “newer” sections of Chinatown:
Once you walk through Dixon Street and towards Haymarkets you will see the main entrance to the Chinatown Mall.
Sydney’s Chinatown walking street
Walking through the Mall you will see some Asian clothing or jewelry shops but mostly you find amazing restaurants. For example every Friday you will find a little “Chinese Market” that offers great little food stalls with Asian delicacies!
Sussex Centre & Food Court in Sydey’s Chinatown
For example inside the Sussex Center on the top floor is a really yummy and cheap Asian Food Court. Here you find the BEST Laksa at Happy Chef 🙂 The Food Court is much cheaper than the typical Restaurants along the Mall.
***Tip: Only go to the restaurants where the Asians are sitting. These are the best ones. The other ones usually are too expensive and not as good tasting!
Mother Chu’s Taiwanese Restaurant
One of the many Asian restaurants: Mother Chu’s Taiwanese Restaurant: Here you find Taiwanese dumplings, buns and stir fries…I had the best VEGETARIAN Dumplings here!! 10 Dumplings for 10 AUD!
The Emperor’s Garden Café & Emperor’s Puffs
A really great Asian dessert place is the Emperors Garden Café. Here you find really cheap sweet buns like raisin or chocolate and cheese buns (I know sounds odd but if you eat cheese you gotta try that one) and my favourite: Huge Mochi Balls stuffed with diverse fillings like red bean, taro or peanut and sugar. It is made of glutinous rice and is therefore vegan 🙂 One ball costs 1.80 AUD/ 0.90 USD/ 1.10 EUR
The Emperors Puffs
Outside the Café they sell the famous hot and with custard filled Emperor’s Puffs. 3 Puffs cost 1 AUD/ 0.70 EUR/ 0.65 USD. If you come here during peak time (around 6-8pm) you will find a long cue of people wanting those fresh hot Puffs as everybody wants them for dessert!
The Side Streets of Sydney’s Chinatown
On the side streets of Chinatown you will be able to find some beautiful little artistic side streets which hopefully will turn one day into little night markets 🙂
This is the other entrance – from Haymarket’s side into Chinatown:
The Haymarkets & Paddingtons Market
When you exit on this side you will face Haymarket- also known as Paddy’s Market or Market City. They are open from Wednesday to Sundays from 10am to 6pm:
Inside is the Market is a huge hall that with stands selling lots of cheap tourist souvenirs: clothes, bags, Aussie T-shirts or towels. Best and cheapest place to buy them.
On the left side of Paddy’s you find a fresh fruit and veg market with lots of Asian fruit and veggies to really cheap prices!
I just love it here!!! It is so diverse, loud and busy with heaps of affordable food choices. Surrounded by the main mall are lots of other Asian stores and restaurant along George and Pitt Street as Chinatown is growing year by year.
If you visit Sydney, make sure you come to eat and see Chinatown! It’s one of my favorite places here in Sydney 🙂
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