Chinatown Sydney

There is much to see and do and taste in Sydney's Chinatown

North Gate to Dixon Street in Chinatown
North Gate to Dixon Street in Chinatown cc licensed photo by avlxyz

The largest Chinatown in all of Australia, Sydney's Chinatown offers a wide selection of ethnic shopping and dining choices and is very easy to access by public transport. It is a great place for taking photos, and discovering some great bargains.

Many years ago, Sydney's Chinese centre was located in Darling Harbour and prior to that, the The Rocks. Around 1920 it began to establish itself in its current location of Haymarket at the southern end of the Central Business District. You will enjoy strolling down the pedestrian only Dixon Street, which forms the heart of Chinatown. Each end of the street welcomes you with an ornate Chinese gateway called a Paifang. You will find a variety of authentic Chinese restaurants along with numerous shops selling everything from produce to Chinese herbal remedies, housewares, clothing and more.

At the southern end of Dixon Street you will find Market City which has many Asian Specialty shops as well as Sydney's largest Asian supermarket. You will also find the renowned Paddy's Market there.

Be sure to see the Golden Water Mouth, a sculpture made from a dead tree trunk located at the corner of George and Hay Street. Chinese tradition believes it brings good fortune to the community. Also worth a visit is the Chinese Friendship Gardens on Harbour Street.

An extra special time for visiting Chinatown is during the three week Chinese New Year in January and/or February when you will see all kinds of celebrations and parades; in fact Sydney has some of the best Chinese New Year festivities outside of Asia.

Nearby attractions: Powerhouse Museum, Capitol Theatre, Chinese Gardens, Market City and Paddy's Market.

Facts For Your Visit

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Chinatown Sydney Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Address: 82/84 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Official Website: Chinatown Sydney

Chinatown Sydney Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating A small area full of eateries…. Lots of oriental restaurants. Nice vibe…. Nice crowd. There is something fir all age groups. It id crowded but still relaxed.
Arush Mayank - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Chinatown Sydney is a cultural gem, rich in diversity with a plenty of Asian shops and restaurants. Being of Chinese descent, the experience was not just a visit but a nostalgic journey. The vibrant atmosphere and authentic offerings make it a must-visit in Sydney. Whether you’re seeking a taste of Asia or just soaking in the cultural vibes, Chinatown delivers an unforgettable experience. From traditional markets to modern delights, it’s a true reflection of the dynamic blend of cultures in Sydney.
Alan Liew - a month ago

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3 Star Rating The Chinatown in Sydney is not that very big. We walked along the street, I didn't buy anything , Just a quick look and took some photos. People told me that the bread & buns are good there, but I haven't looked for it.
Helen HL Leung - 2 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating The go-to spot for the best Chinese food! Countless restaurants open late, so you're never hungry on this lively street. Lighting and cleanliness could be a bit better, but the variety of options makes up for it. Chinatown Sydney is the ultimate destination for a tasty Chinese feast, and the bustling atmosphere adds to the experience.
Cooper - 3 months ago

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Directions

Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light Rail L2Chinatown4 minutes
Light Rail L1Capitol Square2 minutes

How to get to Chinatown Sydney by Train

By Light Rail L1: From Capitol Square Station, proceed west on Hay Street, cross George Street and continue to the South Gate on Dixon Street.

By Light Rail L2: From Chinatown Station on L2, walk south on George Street, go left on Hay Street, continue to the South Gate on Dixon

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