Chinatown Sydney is a vibrant fusion of shopping, cuisine and Asian culture just minutes from the city centre. Punctuated by street lanterns, archways and oriental architecture, Chinatown is renowned as Australia's best showcase of Chinese culture.
As the attractions popularity continued to grow, so too did Chinatown now extending from Sussex, Hay and Dixon Streets to encompass a large area all the way to George Street and Darling Harbour in the east and west respectively. With the expansion of Chinatown, an influx of East Asian immigrants brought with them exotic cuisines and cooking styles which perfectly complements Chinatown. There are a huge range of eateries serving up all manner of authentic Asian cuisine including some which are open until 4am. Food halls offer little ambience but are home to an amazing variety of food at reasonable prices.
Along Dixon Street, two Paifangs (traditional Chinese gating arches) mark the beginning of the pedestrian only section of paved precinct. Beginning at Goulburn Street and ending at Hay Street, this expanse is the heart of Chinatown and leads to older yet more established sections of the mall. The distinct Chinese architecture that lines Dixon Street is home to some of the best restaurants and is extremely popular with tourists. Here, you'll also find an eclectic yet authentic mix of Asian grocery stores selling a wide range of clothing, homewares, exotic foods and ingredients and traditional medicinal herbs.
Located on Dixon Street's southern end is Market City, a building that is home to a wide range of specialty shops. With plenty of big name factory outlets and clothing stores, it is also home to the largest Asian supermarket in Sydney. The ground floor is also home to Paddy's Markets, a fixture in the Sydney shopping scene.
Not just a shopping mecca, Chinatown is also home to a number of performances and street spectaculars throughout the year, based around Chinese calendar celebrations. The Chinese New Year Festival is by far the most popular and most impressive and is held over 3 weeks in February. One of the most remarkable Lunar New Year Celebrations held outside of Asia, it is also one of the biggest.
Just a 15 minutes stroll from the Central railway station, you can choose to take in the surrounds as you walk around or catch the light rail service from Central to Haymarket, right near Chinatown. There are also a number of buses that service the area, the closest being Stop 17 on the Sydney Explorer route.