Welcome to Haymarket Chinatown, one of the most culturally diverse precincts in the City of Sydney.
So named because of its 1800s cattle and corn markets, the Haymarket area is best known today for the exotic Chinatown. In fact, the original Chinese community in Sydney used to settle in the Rocks, but later moved to the Haymarket area in the early 1900s. Many of the community were market gardeners and traders, and shops and restaurants naturally followed---especially in Dixon Street. In 1980, Dixon Street officially became Sydney's Chinatown after the Sydney City Council. For memorial, the properties owners and business owners on Dixon Street jointly raised the funds to build a ceremonial archways at the entrance to the area.
Over the past three decades, the area has seen significant growth and modern day. Haymarket Chinatown now plays host to hundreds of interesting eateries, bakeries, clothing and jewellery shops.
In addition to the unique Chinatown experience, you can also take in the friendship of two cities in Chinese garden, take a glance at the unique Capitol Theatre, or have a cup of coffee and immerse yourself under the warm sunshine in Darling Harbour.
There are many exciting things waiting for you to explore in Haymarket.