The buzz and excitement of the hawker markets of Asian countries is set to arrive in Rhodes in July this year. Bamboo Lane is inspired by the cacophonous, delicacy-heavy markets and laneways found across countries including China, Singapore and Malaysia. Fourteen stalls will cover a range of regional cuisines.

The new market will be part of Rhodes Central, a $2.5 billion mixed-use precinct in the waterfront suburb. Adam Sheumack, managing director of Rook Partners, which is overseeing the leasing strategy of the precinct, tells Broadsheet the decision to launch a hawker market came after the company’s research found that Rhodes residents tended to travel to Eastwood, Burwood and the CBD to dine, rather than staying local.

So far, the precinct has locked in eateries that will serve cuisines from across the continent, including Taipei City-founded crispy chicken diner Two Peck, Sichuan chain Spicy Joint, Lilong by Taste of Shanghai, Fresh and Hot – Ma La Tang, Vietnamese diner Madam Pho, Yasaka Ramen, Maopo Chongqing Noodle, and Biwon Korean Restaurant.

As well as the hawker stalls, the new precinct is set to include a raft of more formal eateries, including Leaf Cafe and the Lab Cafe, as well as a large Woolworths, a chemist, a bottle shop, a Costi Seafood outlet and more.

Rhodes Central is slated to launch in July 2021.