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Address: George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
10:00 - 22:00
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Compared with others, not very exciting

We have been in Chinatown areas all over the world. Sydney's is not especially attractive or exciting. I wouldn't put it high on your list of things to see.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have been in Chinatown areas all over the world. Sydney's is not especially attractive or exciting. I wouldn't put it high on your list of things to see.

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Semarang, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After living in China for a few years I was curious to see how Chinatown felt when I was back visiting Sydney. My best summary is that it felt authentic...the food, the signage, the smells and sounds, there was even a great exchange rate at the money changer there.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to wander around the night markets in Chinatown and was severely disappointed. This is like a $1 bargain shop but with a smaller range. There are some good restaurants around, but I wouldn't bother otherwise.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is an interesting place to visit, although there is nothing special other than several Chinese restaurants, souvenir shops and Chinese shops that sell food stuff!!

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Star707, Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chinatown's Dixon Street has spilled over into the next block north. You can now walk in a straight line from the Convention Centre to the heart of Chinatown along a grand broad walk and there is more to come. Paddy's Market, Hay Street, Sussex Street, the Chinese Gardens, the southern part of Darling Harbour have gathered their skirts and formed... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Chinatown is really small. Plenty of restaurants and close to Korea town and surrounding area. Doesn't have much character to it.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's not just Chinese food in the area, and on a weekend night it's a good buzz with lots of people about. But all in all like any other Chinatowns really.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't make a special trip here unless you have never been to another Chinatown or in fact to china. There are a few restaurants and a poor crammed food court, all very average. I would only visit if it was on my way somewhere as there are better ways to spend your time in Sydney.

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sydney Chinatown has become a bit too commercial with the taste of the orient missing. Still a great place to taste Chinese Cuisine, but the old style Chinese Stores withe their oriental character are now missing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this place is foremost the best for not just anyone but the best place fir asian cuisine .. There are MANY things ranging from KBBQ and Chinese , Sichuan Food , fish and seafood and many more. There are also places and malls to go through but can get busy at night.

Thank Cute O

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Tiger-flanked archways on Dixon Street mark the entrance to the “little Asia” of Sydney. A walk through Chinatown is a feast for the senses where aromas, tastes, sounds and visions of dancing tigers transport you to a different world. Chinatown visitors can expect a melting pot of Asian food at the neighbourhood's specialty delis and groceries. From yum cha to handmade noodles, BBQ ducks hanging in the window to Asian sweets and bakeries, there is something for all tastes. Paddy’s Markets is the largest flea market in Sydney where you can find souvenirs, clothing, gifts and fruit and vegetables at unbeatable prices. At night, Chinatown comes alive with entertainment including theatre, nightclubs and bars that are open until the early morning.
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