Located in Haymarket, between Sydney’s central station and Darling Harbour, is Chinatown. Many big cities have their version of this, and Sydney is no exception. So if you enjoy Chinese food (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) and a little bargain hunting, then this is a must visit for you.
For shopping, this is a great place for souvenirs. There are endless stores touting gifts, jewellery, accessories and other nik naks, all for great prices. There are stores on the streets and in the Market City complex that all offer a vast array of products for low prices, so here you can find gifts for the whole family for a fraction of the price that you would pay elsewhere. If you can, visit on a Friday night to experience the Friday night markets. Here you will find all the best bargains amid a lively atmosphere with live entertainment too.
The Chinese Garden of Friendship is also worth a visit while you’re here. It offers some peace and tranquillity amid the chaos of Chinatown. Entry is AUD$6 for adults, or $15 for a family of 4, but well worth it to experience the serenity of this beautiful garden against the backdrop of Sydney’s bustling city. Following Taoist principles, the exotic plants evoke ancient China, and the restaurant within the gardens is the perfect place to rest and soak up the atmosphere while you’re here.
Food in Chinatown is the real drawcard here. Street food, fast food and sit-down restaurants all offer incredible Chinese food. In fact, here you will find some of the best Chinese food outside of Asia, and there are prices to suit every budget. Get your fill of dumplings, yum cha, spring rolls and szechuan spices, and of course there are bakeries full of Chinese sweets to enjoy too. So no matter what time of day it is that you visit, you can be sure to find something delicious to make the occasion one you will never forget.