With an abundance of restaurants, yum-cha joints and food halls linings the streets and laneways, Sydney’s Chinatown is famed for its mouth-watering fare. The cuisines of China, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam are all well represented here. Must-try dishes include Chat Thai’s (20 Campbell Street) sweet sticky rice with mango; xiao long bao (soup dumplings) at Din Tai Fung (World Square, 11.04/644 George Street); and Mamak’s (15 Goulburn Street) crispy roti canai (which has become a weekend staple at 1am). If you enjoy singing for your supper, Chinatown is home to some great karaoke bars including Lantern By Wagaya (2/591 George Street, +61 2 9283 8828) and Mizuya (Basement, 614 George Street, +61 2 9266 0866). Want a taste of everything? Night markets take place every Friday from 4pm-11pm and are a great way to experience all the flavours of the district.
A 10-minute walk from Central Station, Sydney’s Chinatown is a hive of activity morning through night. Stop by Paddy’s Markets (Wednesday to Sunday) for Aussie knickknacks before filling up on yum cha or eating like a local at one of Chinatown’s underground food halls. A free shuttle (route 555) runs from Central Station to Circular Quay via George Street and the Light Rail also stops at Haymarket MLR.
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Images: Din Tai Fung