Sydney’s multicultural Chinatown is the oldest and largest Chinatown in Australia.

Chinatown runs north to Liverpool Street, east to Elizabeth Street, including much of Campbell Street, west to the adjacent Darling Harbour area and south to Central Railway Station.

The centre of Chinatown is the Dixon Street pedestrian mall which is the oldest part of Chinatown. This paved mall is marked by a traditional paifang archway at each end. A Friday night market is held here each week.

DIY Walking Tour and Map 

Sydney Visitor Centre - Darling Harbour

  • Open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • 33 Wheat Road (Between IMAX Theatre and Darling Walk) Darling Harbour NSW
  • Web:  

Chinese Parade


Points of interest:

Restaurants - The entire area is home to hundreds of restaurants, including Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine. Chinese regional cuisine includes Cantonese, Sichuan, Shanghai, Yunnanese, Uighur and Northern Chinese plus yum cha, vegetarian and   seafood.

Capitol Theatre – the theatre was built in the 1920s. Notable features include a Mediterranean-blue ceiling with twinkling stars. Behind the scenes tours are offered.

Asian Shops - Asian groceries, Chinese medicinal herbs, clothing, home wares, jewellery – gold, diamonds and jade especially, food halls (e.g Dixon Food Court) , movies, gifts and kitsch novelty items, as well as souvenirs.

Market City - a vast three storey shopping complex, including a modern shopping centre with discounted designer fashion and factory outlets, a food court and a tavern.

Paddys Market - Sydney’s favourite flea market, clothing (particularly good for teenage fashion), souvenirs, clothing, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, flowers. Open 9am - 5pm Wednesday to Sunday and Public Holidays

Korea Town – an emerging area, currently centered around Pitt and Liverpool streets, Haymarket. Trendy Korean fashion boutiques are found all around the Haymarket area

Thai Town - located in Haymarket on Campbell Street bordering Chinatown

Fun Transportation - Take a ride on the monorail or the light rail

The Spanish Quarter - located in Liverpool Street for Spanish cuisine, flamenco, tapas and sangria.

Historical shopfront - The oldest remaining historical Chinese merchant shopfront – Kwong Wah Chong – established in 1912 at 84 Dixon Street

Reading Cinema , Market City – to see Asian movies in Sydney

Gallery 4A for contemporary Asian Art at 181–87 Hay Street, Haymarket

Capitol Square – retail, restaurants and karaoke bar

World Square – spans three levels of an entire city block.   Restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries, boutiques, Coles supermarket etc    


Nearby attractions:         

  • Chinese Gardens -   experience a traditional Chinese garden and tea house
  • Pyrmont Bridge – The bridge was opened in 1902. It is the oldest electrically-operated swing span bridge in the world.
  • National Maritime Museum - climb aboard vessels, or view exhibits dealing with immigration, maritime archaeology, beach culture and more
  • Cockle Bay & King St. Wharves - spectacular waterside dining, cafés, restaurants, bars and function centres etc
  • Sydney Aquarium - houses the world’s largest collection of Australian aquatic life, such as platypus, sharks, seals and turtles. Features an under-water tunnel
  • Sydney Wildlife World – particularly suited for people who are here for a short-stay and wish to see Australian animals up close
  • Powerhouse Museum – interactive displays with a focus on science, design and Australian culture. This museum is one of Australia’s best museums.
  • Convention & Exhibition Centres – hosts motor, bridal, travel expos on a regular bases
  • Star City Casino - Sydney's largest and legalised casino
  • Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre
  • Sydney Entertainment Centre
  • Pumphouse Microbrewery
  • Tumbalong Park  - beautiful open space and children's playground  

Places to stay:     

  • Holiday Inn, Darling Harbour
  • Seasons Darling Harbour Sydney
  • Breakfree on George Street
  • Quest on Dixon
  • The George Street Hotel
  • Pensione Boutique
  • Meriton Serviced Apartments Haymarket
  • Radisson Hotel and Suites
  • Medina Executive Sydney Central
  • Sydney Central YHA
  • Oaks Harmony Serviced Apartments
  • Aarons Hotel
  • Waldorf Apartments
  • Somerset Darling Harbour
  • Capitol Square Hotel
  • Rydges World Square
  • Quest World Square
  • Star City Apartments
  • Metro Apartments
  • Maze Backpackers
  • Hotel Ibis World Square
  • The Marque
  • Citigate Central

plus many more


Speciality Shopping:      

  • Harajuku, Sussex Street, Haymarket - Japanese clothing
  • Shibuya, Sussex Street, Haymarket – Japanese/Gothic clothing
  • Kinokuniya Bookshop – exquisite Japanese and Chinese magazines, Japanese imports, Anime DVDs, Books, novels at The Galeries Victoria, Level 2, 500 George St, Sydney
  • Chinese Herbal Store - 75 Ultimo Road Haymarket
  • China Books – 683 George St, Sydney
  • Leung Wai Kee Buddhist Craft and Joss Stick shop, 764 George St, Sydney
  • China Gifts - 31 Dixon St, Haymarket
  • Buddha Shop - 425 Pitt St, Sydney

Regional Cuisine in Chinatown:

Din Tai Fung

Sydney's Din Tai Fung outlet

Sichuan – Golden Sichuan , 17 Goulburn Street, Haymarket, Hua Ting , Shop 201, Eating World, Dixon Street, Haymarket Hot Pot, 1/93 Quay Street, Haymarket

Xinjiang – Uighur Cuisine , 8 Dixon Street, Haymarket, Silk Road , 2/203-209 Thomas Street, Haymarket

Taiwanese (Shanghai style dunplings) – Din Tai Fung, 644 George Street Sydney

Guangdong – Golden Century , 393 Sussex Street, Marigold, 4/683-689 George Street, Haymarket NSW 

Shaanxi – Chinatown Noodle King , 357 Sussex Street, Haymarket

Heilongjiang – Yi Jia BBQ , 42/1 Dixon Street, Haymarket

Yunnan – Twisted Noodle Bar 44/1 Dixon Street, Chinatown

Fusion – Zilver , Level   1,    477   Pitt St (cnr of Hay St ), Haymarket, The Eight , Level 3 Market City 9 Hay St , Haymarket

Korean – Madang , 371A Pitt St Sydney, Seoul-Ria , Level 2 , 605-609 George St Haymarket, Heaven and Earth, 96 Liverpool Street, Sydney, Haru Fusion Soju Lounge, 262 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Thai - Chat Thai, 20 Campbell Street, Haymarket

Malaysian – Mamak , 15 Goulburn Street, Haymarket

Indonesian – Delima , 1 Dixon Street, Level 5 Dixon Shopping Centre, Haymarket

Spanish – Captain Torres , 73 Liverpool St Sydney, Miro Tapas, 76 Liverpool Street, Sydney

Japanese - Ajisen Ramen, 94 Hay Street Haymarket  

More restaurants – refer  

Major Events and Festivals:

Dragon Boat Races

Dragon Boat Races crowd at Darling Harbour during Chinese New Year festivities

Chinatown celebrates the Chinese New Year in February every year. The Moon Festival, celebrated in China, Korea and Vietnam for over a thousand years, is celebrated every September in mid Autumn.   

Dragon Boat race