Located in the suburb of Haymarket in the southern part of Sydney’s CBD, Chinatown is a vibrant mix of food and shopping, culture and entertainment and is one of the must see attractions for tourists visiting the city.
Sydney’s Chinatown dates back to the late 19th century when Chinese immigrants sought a place to worship and congregate together in the city. It has moved several times since then to finally settle at its current location in Haymarket around the 1920’s.
Centred on Dixon Street opposite the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney’s Chinatown is the largest in Australia and is instantly recognisable by its traditionally decorated paifangs’ at either end of the pedestrian mall.
Wonderful smells float throughout as locals and tourists alike come to sample some of the best Chinese cuisine that the city has to offer. From yum cha to a la carte restaurants, noodles to market stalls, Chinatown has enough exotic culinary delights to satisfy anyone.
But there is more to Chinatown than just great food; it’s also a great place to do some bargain shopping as well. There are a wide selection of fashion, gift and souvenir shops that operate all year round providing a great atmosphere that is part chaos, part excitement and a whole lot of fun… just like a real Asian experience.
Every Friday night between 4pm and 11pm Chinatown markets are open for trade and is a great way to spend the night searching for that bargain or enjoying a meal in one of the many outdoor restaurants.
Still want to shop more? Well you’re in luck because one of the oldest and most well known shopping institutions in Sydney is right around the corner. Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets started back in 1834 mainly selling hay and grain.
By 1842 it was fully established and since then has grown rapidly, expanding into two separate markets. The more traditional flea market is at the Haymarket site selling everything from cheap imported clothes to gift ware, souvenirs to toys, and fresh produce to seafood.
Dining options in Chinatown are obviously dominated by Chinese influences but there are other Asian choices on offer as well. Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese cuisines are all available in restaurants located throughout or neighbouring Chinatown and there’s also a nearby Thai Town and a Spanish Quarter as well.
Chinatown is also very well located for Sydney’s downtown business area – with many offices and corporate headquarters located in the area.
Because of its CBD location there are a range of accommodation options around Chinatown. Hotels and backpackers are close by as are serviced apartments and units.