There's more to explore than great Asian food at Chinatown.
Chinatown brings the colour and the excitement of Asian streetlife to Sydney. Chinatown and Haymarket offer an exciting mix of restaurants, food halls, noodle bars and quirky gift shops and Asian bargain shops and Asian supermarkets also bring many visitors to the area, especially on weekends with the busy streets becoming a late night entertainment precinct with bars, cinemas and theatres pumping on into the glitzy night.
Sydney's biggest and busy markets have a huge range of stalls selling food, fashion, gifts, gadgets, souvenirs, sporting goods, clothes and cosmetics.
Score yourself a great pair of new shoes at an awesome price, stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, treat yourself to some seafood or even CDs. As well as the bustling Paddys Market in Haymarket, Chinatown, you can also treat yourself at the City's second location in Flemington.
For Chinese food lovers, fans of Malaysian or those who thrive on the spicy taste of Korean, there's no better place to treat your taste buds than the many fresh and colourful restaurants and cafes on offer at Chinatown, Sydney.
There are the glitzy eateries with flashing lights, which are packed to the brim with diners, but in my experience, it's the small places tucked away behind stores and in alleyways that are the best.
There is a huge variety of accommodation on offer in Chinatown, from the budget backpacker hostels to five star luxury.
Aaron's Sydney Hotel has affordable rooms right in the bustle of vibrant Chinatown; rooms with ensuites, flat screen televisions, air con for warm Summers and heating for those chilly Sydney nights. I have stayed here a number of times, choosing Chinatown to sleep, so I was close to all the pumping nightlife and great food right on my doorstep. I did not have a problem with any of my rooms and the staff are helpful and friendly readily handing you maps of the beautiful city and Circular key, only a 15 minute trek away. Head to www.aaronshotel.com.au if you would like to make a booking or phone the hotel directly (freecall) 1800 101 100.
Chinatown Sydney is the place to check out not only fantastic shopping and tantalising feed, it's also a great spot to check out some cultural events including the Chinese New Year parade and the High Tea party (a great excuse to catch up with the girls).
Preparations are now well underway for the 2012 Chinese New Year Festival - celebrating the Year of the Dragon - between 20 January and 5 February 2012.
It would be great if you guys could fully comment on the variety of Chinatown eateries other than Mamak. Most people know of that great little spot, but what most people want to know is where are the hidden gems, and where is the great value at?
By mickw - reader Sunday, 13th of January @ 10:21 pm