Shopping & Entertainment in Sydney's Chinatown
Chinatown is a visitor favourite for shopping and entertainment in Sydney and with good reason. We've compiled our list of our favourites to make your next visit with us at the Central Station Hotel, that much more enjoyable.
One of the district’s most popular shopping attractions is Paddy’s Markets on Hay Street. This is Sydney’s largest market complex, with over 1,000 stalls selling a huge variety of foods, fashion and gifts including crafts and jewellery. Established for over 150 years, Paddy’s is open 10am to 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday.
- OPEN: 10am to 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday
- Address: Market City, Hay St & Thomas Street, Sydney NSW 2000
- Phone: +61 1300 361 589
- Paddy's Markets Website
Directly above Paddy’s you can enjoy an authentic Asian shopping experience at Market City, a large factory outlet with over 30 units and an exotic vibe. Many of the stores here feature Asian designers and trends. Open 7am until 10pm daily, Market City is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Chinatown.
- OPEN: 10am to 7pm (10am to 8pm Thursdays)
- Address: 9-13 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000
- Phone: +61 2 9288 8900
- Market City Website
If you’re looking for a more Western-style shopping venue, head to World Square on George Street. This three-level block is home to more than 90 retail brands, offering fashion and lifestyle goods. In addition, the Open Air Square here is a popular meeting place for those visiting the bars and restaurants.
- OPEN: 10am to 7pm (9pm on Thursdays)
- Address: 644 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
- Phone: +61 2 8275 6777
- World Square Website
Shun Fai Modern
For traditional Chinese gifts and novelty items, head to Shun Fai Modern on Sussex Street, where you’ll find paper lanterns, good luck charms and plenty of jade.
- Address: a3/410-420 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000
- Phone: +61 2 9212 3636
Entertainment & Activities
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Entertainment in and around Chinatown is eclectic; there’s something to suit practically every taste. Art lovers will enjoy the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art on Hay Street, which showcases the best in Asian and Australian art.
- OPEN: 11am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday and 11am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday
- Address: 181-187 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000
- Phone: +61 2 9212 0380
- 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Website
Break The Code
Those looking for a fun and unusual activity will enjoy Break the Code, an escape room on George Street. You and your team have 60 minutes to solve a variety of mental and physical puzzles in order to earn your escape from the room. Opening times vary.
- OPEN: 10am - 10pm
- Address: 741 George St, Haymarket NSW 2000
- Phone: +61 2 8957 7640
- Break The Code Website
For traditional family entertainments such as bumper cars and arcade machines, try Playtime, formerly known as City Amusements, at Market City on Hay Street. Laser Tag and Air Hockey are two of the most popular games here. The fun starts at 10am daily and goes on until 10pm and beyond each night (except Sundays where Playtime closes at 9pm).
- OPEN: 10am - 10pm, Monday - Wednesday (varies other days)
- Address: Market City, Market City Shopping Centre, R307/9-13 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000
- Phone: 1300 421 567
- Playtime Haymarket Website
George Street Event Cinemas
One of Sydney’s largest movie theatre complexes, Event Cinemas hosts, from its 21 screens (including 4 Vmax and 6 Gold Class cinemas), the latest Hollywood blockbusters as well as Asian cinema favourites, a selection of French, Russian and Art House Festival favourites and much more. Open until the late hours; catch your favourite flick at Event Cinemas on George.
- OPEN: 10am - 9:30pm
- Address: 505-525 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
- Phone: +61 2 9273 7300
- George Street Event Cinemas Website
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Spend the Evening
K1 Karaoke Lounge
Evenings in Chinatown are largely dominated by the huge variety of restaurants and bars, but those wanting something a little different should try the K1 Karaoke Lounge, off Dixon Street. The remote control karaoke here offers a decent selection of songs with large screens, and there’s plenty of room for dancing! Rooms are available to accommodate any number of people from six to 40, with four microphones per room.
- OPEN: 12pm - 4am
- Address: 31-37 Dixon St., Haymarket NSW 2000
- Phone: +61 2 9211 1776
- K1 Karaoke Lounge Website
If you’re looking for a more cultural way to spend an evening here, the Capitol Theatre is likely to be more to your taste. Open since 1928, this historic theatre on Campbell Street hosts a huge variety of plays, musicals, ballets and performances from major music and comedy stars from Australia and around the world.
- Address: 13 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000
- Phone: +61 2 9320 5000
- Capitol Theatre Website
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