Chinatown, Sydney

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  • Don't resist it - you'll love it
    Don't resist it - you'll love it
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    Chinatown, Sydney
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    Chinatown, Sydney
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    Exotic part of the city

    by colin_bramso Updated Nov 23, 2013

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    Sydney has an excellent Chinatown area, a short stroll from the city centre.

    Plenty of authentic shops and restaurants, shopping malls, food courts, bakeries and other shops selling genuine Chinese goodies.

    Most of the outlets are Chinese owned and operated and most of the people wandering around are Chinese so it's a genuine atmosphere.

    On the edge of Chinatown you'll find the large Paddy's Market, which is open Thursday through Sunday, billed as Australia's original market. The Chinese Garden and Darling Harbour are also a few hundred metres from Chinatown.

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    Grab an Emperor’s Puff

    by wabat Written Sep 29, 2013

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    Don't resist it - you'll love it

    It’s rare that I pass through Chinatown and not pick up an Emperor’s Puff or two (ok four per person is nice). These hot egg custard cream puffs are to die for and quite a bargain, be it for an afternoon treat or a late night snack.

    The are cooked freshly as you wait – you can watch the process from inside the bakery – though you buy them from the nondescript window in the attached photo. As the are freshly made do let them cool down for a couple of minutes before succumbing to the almost irresistible temptation to bite into one. They come very hot – straight from the griddle!

    These little morsels are extremely popular so be prepared to queue up. There are very few things in life I will join a queue for – this is one of them. You’ll be hooked I promise. Don’t let the queue put you off though, it moves fairly quickly.

    The bakery (Emperor’s Garden Cake & Bakery) is located at the Hay Street end of Chinatown just inside Dixon Street – you will probably smell the sweet custard in the air.

    On sale from around noon till late (as long as anyone is buying!).

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    Chinatown

    by cal6060 Updated Jul 19, 2011

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    I went to Chinatown for only one reason, foods.

    Chinatown in Sydney has many different Asian nationalities live and work here, not only the Chinese. This area is more like an Asian town than a Chinatown. You could find food from many Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, and etc. You have variety selection of food especially in their food courts. There are many big and nice Chinese restaurants in the area as well. I also went to a Hong Kong bakery for their bread and drink...cheap and simple...

    I think it is not a good idea to buy Australia souvenirs in Chinatown because they are made in China, lack of quality and they are not that cheap. Those souvenirs shops are here for Chinese tourists.

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    Capitol Theatre

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 10, 2011

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    The Capitol Theatre is a historic theatre locate in the Haymarket. The theatre was built in the 1920's. Musicals, Theatrical performances and concerts are held at the theatre. During our most recent trip to Sydney in November 2010; the big hit was Fame.

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    Shop or Dine in Chinatown

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    Sydney's Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in Australia. Chinatown encompassed the Haymarket area between the Central Station and Darling Harbour. You know your in Chinatown with the two large gateways and Chinese ornamentation. There are many places to eat and shop in Chinatown so there is plenty to see and do. This area is a hub of activity and a great place to people watch.

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    Cheap meals and much more.

    by sirgaw Written Oct 26, 2009

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    Dixon Street in Sydney is Chinatown - an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes, shops selling all types of Oriental products, foreign currency converters and people from all corners of the globe taking in the atmosphere. The odours are distinctly Asian with the pungent aroma of Hoy Sin sauce predominating. Luckily the area is pedestrian only as it can get very crowded along Dixon Street.

    A wander down Dixon Street and you will be accosted by over-zealous restaurant touts trying to lure you into their establishment. Yes business is tough and very competitive, but I usually try and avoid eating establishments where they have someone out the front trying to entice passers by into their place.

    Great areas for a quick and inexpensive meal or simply people watch from one of the street seats. Close by is The Chinese Garden of Friendship and Paddy’s Market.

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    DIXON STREET for Yummy Food & BArgain Shopping

    by AusPinay Written Jul 4, 2009

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    One part ofDixon St. with many dining options
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    Explore this area of Sydney with colourful ambience typical of a mini Chinese town- chaotic, but filling your senses with the msot amazing smell - of sesame oil, Chinese spices and herbs, etc. You will not miss it as the ornate acrways with statues of lions is there to greet you at the entrance!

    Lots of bargain shopping here too plus of course, a wide array of dining options- yum cha to ala carte restaurants and fast food places.

    According tohttp://www.teachingheritage.nsw.edu.au/d_reshaping/images_meta1.html-Sydney's Dixon Street became Sydney's Chinatown in 1980 after negotiations by the Sydney City Council and the Dixon Street property Owners and business Owners jointly raised funds to build the Ceremonial Archways, Lions, pavilion, seats, garden beds etc. Mr. Henry Tsang (our current Deputy Lord Mayor) was our Honorary Architect. Our Dixon Street Chinese Committee Chairman was Mr Stanley Wong, MBE with great support from Mr. Bernard Chan, Mr. Alen Lai, Mr. Henry Ming Lai, and Mr. Siu Wah Wong, MBE etc.

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    Chinatown

    by muratkorman Written May 23, 2009

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    Just like other Chinatowns in many cities of the world, Sydney's Chinatown is good for bargain hunting, shopping and food. Another important tip is the exchange offices. In Chinatown you will get the best exchange rates so avoid getting ripped off in exchange offices around city center.

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    CHINA TOWN..

    by DennyP Updated Aug 26, 2008

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    TOP ENTRANCE TO CHINATOWN..
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    Sydneys China town is extremely popular with local residents and as the Chinese have played such a major role in Australia's developement in all forms of the community...and there are a very large population of Chinese call Sydney home..always a very busy area with just so many chinese shops and restaurants that are open till all hours..Always a place to stop and eat some great authentic Chinese food..there are also many various shops catering for all the chinese communities needs..

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    Darling Harbour-Cockle Bay-Chinatown

    by xuessium Updated Jul 11, 2008

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    Probably the place to go to catch some Chinese Dim Sums (or Dim Sims as they call it in Oz), slurp some Chinese Tea and then after, take a lovely stroll to Cockles Bay and Darling Harbour to wear off that extra weight around the waist.

    Sydney's Chinatown encompasses several streets so if you are into all things dragons and red, this is the place to be. Pardon me from being less excited. It's not something I find unfamiliar!

    Cockle Bay-Darling Harbour next door is home to snazzy and upmarket restaurants, cafes and eateries, as well as a host of tourist attractions such as the Maritime Museum and Sydney Wildlife World. You could spend a day here, and more is the sun comes out to play!

    If you are sick of walking, simply hop on the Monorail for an aerial loop around the area. 1 trip is A$4.80 per pax (circa Jun 08)

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    China town sydney

    by mallyak Written Apr 30, 2008

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    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.
    In more recent years Chinatown has extended from the bounds of Dixon, Hay and Sussex Streets to encompass a much larger area bounded by George Street in the east and Darling Harbour in the west. The spatial expansion of Chinatown is complemented by the influx of east asian immigrants bringing with them exotic cooking styles and cuisines. The eateries in Chinatown serve up authentic asian dishes throughout the day until 4am in some cases. The food halls leave a little to be desired with respect to ambience but they make up for their shortcomings through being particularly good for their variety of dishes and exceptionaly reasonable prices.

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    Chinatown

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 16, 2007

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    Chinatown in Sydney is quite small compared to other Chinatown's I've been to around the world, nonetheless, it is quite charming and a great place to find some inexpensive food.

    We walked along the main street, spotted at a few novelty stores, and decided to have a nice lunch here in Chinatown.

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    Chinatown

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    Sydney's Chinatown is a colourful mixture of Asian culture, shopping and cuisine. There is distinct Oriental architecture with colourful street lanterns and archways at the entrances.

    The eateries around Chinatown serve up authentic Asian dishes throughout the day and all the way until 4am in some cases.

    Unfortunately I didn't truly get to experience the local atmosphere because most of the shops were closed during my visit which happened to coincide with the 2007 APEC Summit.

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    Chinatown and Haymarket

    by nora_south_africa Written Nov 25, 2006

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    Asian and Spanish food and festivities
    Located adjacent to Darling Harbour
    15-minute bus trip from Circular Quay
    Eat yum cha, a brunch/lunchtime tradition, where you choose from trolleys piled high with assorted Chinese "steam baskets".
    Explore the Spanish Quarter, the place to buy jamon and chorizo and to try paella and Spanish dancing.
    Chinese New Year in February

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    Chinatown

    by hennanights Updated Aug 14, 2006

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    Sydney's Chinatown in small but worth a visit. Its close to other attractions such as Darling Harbour, Paddy's market and the Chinese garden. We spent about an hour browsing in the shops. Unfortuantely most of them are full of Australian souvenirs that are found all over Sydney. There a few nice shops however that have some nice items such as pottery and antiques. For more shops with Chinese wears try the roads surrounding the main Chinatown road. We had a very pleasant Chinese meal at one of the many restaurants. It was very yummy and reasonably priced.

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