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Sydney's Chinatown

Ten minutes' walk from Broadway, Sydney's famous Chinatown district is a great place to shop, eat and see multicultural Australia at its best!

The establishment of 'Chinatowns' in cities throughout the world are testament to the influence of Chinese migrants. Sandwiched between Darling Harbour and Central Station south of the city, Sydney has the largest of all Chinatowns across Australia, with the main entrance signalled by a large, red friendship arch on the north of Dixon Street.

Reserved for pedestrians only, the Dixon Street Mall and its side streets are where you’ll find Sydney’s best Chinese restaurants. For the tastiest prawn dumplings this side of Hong Kong, visit East Ocean Restaurant on Dixon Street.

For a banquet-style meal to celebrate with your family when they visit you in Sydney, try the Emperor’s Garden Barbecue and Noodles on Thomas Street. For succulent lamb and other Central Asian treats, visit Uighur Cuisine also on Dixon Street. Or, for a quick and cheap meal, try the Sussex Centre Food Hall on Sussex Street, where you’ll find Korean, Japanese, Thai, Mongolian and Singapore eateries.

On Fridays after 4pm, don’t miss the Chinatown Night Markets, where street hawkers sell everything from Taiwanese Sponge Pancakes, to Japanese Colo Tacos, to steaming hot pork dumplings with authentic dipping sauce. Visit http://www.chinatownnightmarket.com.au/

But Chinatown is not all about restaurants. Need a haircut? In Chinatown you’ll find specialist hairdressers and barbers, as well as gold merchants, Asian supermarkets selling Chinese fruits and vegetables, mobile phone shops, massage parlours and fashion boutiques.

On the southern end of Chinatown is Market City. It houses a cinema complex, English-language schools, accountants’ offices, doctors’ offices and Paddy’s Market - a giant flea market open from Wednesday to Sunday each week. From t-shirts to flowers, chargers to sunglasses, the stallholders at Paddy’s Market sell everything at cheap, cheap prices – and it’s one of the few places in Sydney where bargaining isn’t frowned upon.

After your shopping adventure, head down to the Chinese Garden of Friendship at nearby Darling Harbour. A gift from Guangzhou, the sister city of Sydney, it’s one of the few authentic Chinese gardens outside of Asia.

How To Get There

From Broadway, walk or catch a bus north along George Street into the city. Turn left at Goulburn Street. The Dixon Street Mall is two blocks down and on your left. From Chatswood, catch a train to Central Station. Take the Eddy Avenue exit and head left to George Street.

Image: Courtesy of NSW Tourism

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