Dixon Street. That's where it's at but, having said that, you can go a few blocks either way and still be where it's at.
Dixon Street has the advantage of being sealed off from traffic so it has a better atmosphere but that doesn't mean you should restrict your eating to the mall. No indeed, with so many Asian restaurants to choose from you could literally stay there for a year, eat at a different one twice a week and still miss many.
Situated at the southern end of Sydney's CBD, Chinatown also encompasses Paddy's Markets, a ramshackle two storey brick affair where markets are still held daily.
Darling Harbour, The Entertainment Centre and many other attractions may be close by but you are a world away from anything else Sydney may have to offer when you stroll through Chinatown.
Fondest memory: There's a sign at the entrance to Dixon Street, "Within the four seas, all men are brothers". Watching the ever flowing tide of humanity between restaurant walls you can almost believe it's true.
When it comes to food, seeing things hanging on horizontal metal rods or lying in trays in the shop front window that you may not previously have ever seen on a menu or a fork can be disconcerting to some. Me, I take it as a challenge. Pass the goat meat, savage the quail, ignore mentions of cats and dogs - I'm there for the epicurean delights on offer.
Sydney's Chinatown is a colourful mixture of asian culture, shopping and cuisine. The area's distinctly oriental architecture, street lanterns and archways confirm it as a showpiece for Australian Chinese culture. TIP: For a delcious Yum Cha lunch , try Marigold Restaurant, (level 5), George Street - near the monorail line. Alternatively, try any of the restuarants lining Dixon Street, offering an outdoor dining experience. You can take in the atmosphere and enjoy delicious food at a resonable price. I would recommend 'Superbowl' restaurant for a cheap and quick meal - open all day from morning till midnight.
Located at Dixon Street, Haymarket.
Nearest Public Transport
Sydney Explorer Stop 17, Central or Town Hall Railway Stations, Light Rail Stops
Visiting China Town: Unlike what one may think, has a mixture of, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. It is also a place where many of the places stay open until 3 or 4 am. The food halls offer good value and during the day Yam Cha is available at nearly every restaurant for breakfast or lunch.
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