Haymarket & Chinatown

Haymarket & Chinatown

Local vibe: Asia on a plate 24/7

From morning yum cha to evening Korean barbeque and modern Thai, you'll never go hungry in this vibrant, bustling hub - even after the rest of Sydney has gone to bed.


Start at the elaborate seating pagoda housing the Haymarket Visitor Information Kiosk. Visit haymarketchamber.org.au to download the historical walking tour app. Lose yourself in tiny thoroughfares like Kimber Lane, with funky street art and lighting. Order a box of dragon beard candy at Friday night’s Chinatown Night Market. See a show at the grand old Capitol Theatre, and if you’re visiting over Lunar New Year, join colourful celebrations in Dixon Street.


Bag a fashion bargain at a vast array of boutiques and malls. Pick up a tonic from a Chinese herbal medicine shop. Join the throng at Paddy’s Markets from Wednesday to Sunday for a vast selection of cheap-as-chips goodies – from fresh produce to fashion, electronics, souvenirs and homewares.

Explore exotic produce at Asian supermarkets and the vibrant Chinatown Night Market, a mix of food, fashion and family fun. If your feet can still carry you, check out World Square Shopping Centre for more than 90 major and specialty retailers.


Classic Cantonese options include Golden Century Seafood, Marigold or East Ocean, while The Eight and Waitan add contemporary style. For the best barbecue duck, head to Tai Wong, and for dumplings to Din Tai Fung. Busy foodhalls offer cheap and cheerful options, from Korean barbecue and Japanese sushi to Malaysian laksa and Vietnamese pho. In the ‘sub-villages’ of Thaitown and Koreatown, find exceptional Thai at Chat Thai and Korean BBQ at Dae Jang Kum. For authentic Malaysian, there’s nothing quite like Haymarket’s Mamak.

Food lovers guide

Whether you’re craving aromatic Peking Duck pancakes, schooling yourself in yum cha etiquette, visiting an Asian supermarket or tracking down fiery Malaysian rendang in one of Chinatown’s surrounding neighbourhoods, the easy–to–use food lovers guide to Chinatown is designed to help you navigate Sydney’s most intoxicating foodie precinct and strike culinary gold.

The City worked with Urban Walkabout to produce the guide. You can view the flipbook online or download an accessible version.

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Last updated: Thursday, 6 August 2015