Hello Haymarket / Chinatown
Haymarket might only be a stone's throw from the CBD and Surry Hills, but this is a neighborhood with an altogether different vibe. The sights, sounds, and aromatic smells of Chinatown are what you'll notice the most, which is also the place to go for budget, backpacker accommodation, nighttime karaoke, and the city's best Asian food. Thai street food, Vietnamese noodle bars, tiny Cantonese restaurants – Chinatown has a lot to do with Sydney's reputation for great, zingy Asian food. Pick up a souvenir or a towel for the beach at Paddy's Markets, and the Civic Hotel is a great spot for a few craft beers later on.