I'm a city girl passionate about travelling, discovering new places and making the most out of my weekends.
Published July 10th 2012
As soon as you step into the town centre of Cabramatta your senses are engaged and you feel transported back to Asia. The sights, sounds and smells of Cabramatta are so unique and distinctively different from any other part of Sydney, and it is a mere 45 minute drive from Sydney CBD. It is hard to believe that you are still in Australia.
You'll find Vietnamese restaurants at every corner of the street selling pho and all manner of Vietnamese cuisine, shops selling tacky lingerie, home wares and all sorts of knick knacks that you would usually find in Asia, Vietnamese bakeries displaying a plethora of baked goods ala François and sugarcane stalls whipping out sugarcane juices for the masses.
Cabramatta is a tourist and local's delight. I highly recommend a day trip starting with lunch at one of the Vietnamese restaurants (the popular ones are easy to pick out with long queues outside the shop), followed by a sugarcane drink while you meander the streets and little alleyways.
Take your time to browse through the shops because you never know what you could find. On my recent visit I spotted bum enhancing padded undies for women who crave a little Kim Kardashian style.
It is also a good chance to stock up on your fresh groceries. Prices are cheap and you get a whole lot more variety of fruits and Asian vegetables out here. You can also buy fresh pho if you're keen to replicate what you had at home.
Once you've build up your appetite again, try some of the colourful desserts you see on display every 3 or 4 shops down the street or the fragrant smelling banh kemp (pandan) waffles and mini custard cakes.
I've been meaning to go to Cabramatta for a long time, everyone I have ever spoken to about it absolutely raves about it - particularly the cheap fruit and veg! The desserts sound really enticing too...I love love pandan.