Best Restaurants in Haymarket

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Haymarket never used to be somewhere you’d go for fine dining. Now though? Different story. All the humble, value-oriented restaurants are still there, but now the miniature suburb also has the Darling Square precinct and with it a diverse array of restaurants serving both the CBD lunch crowd and destination diners looking for something more innovative.

For the old school, wallet-friendly options look to Thai Town, easily the best collection of Thai restaurants anywhere in Sydney, or the Dixon and Sussex street strips for a range of Chinese restaurants and the city’s best food-court eats.

  • A hoemy diner that offers a rare chance to try genuine Uyghur cuisine. The menu blends traditions from both Central Asia to the west and Chinese cuisines from the east.

  • A swish and enormous restaurant with an exceptional yum cha service. It’s a contender for best yum cha in the CBD, but it's also one of the newest in the pack.

  • One of the few places in the centre of town where you can try Nanjing specialties. If you’re into duck, this is the spot for you.

  • A wildly popular Chinese chain in the middle of the CBD, repping the spicy flavours of Sichuan. The tome of a menu here is telling of the huge portions you get here.

  • Grapes on the ceiling. But also dumplings, hand-pulled noodles and BYO booze on the footpath outside. This beloved Haymarket joint is inspired by the cuisine of north-western China.

  • One of Sydney’s yum cha kings. This slamming Cantonese favourite can be a tad expensive if you're dining with a smaller group – but the premium is warranted. The quality of food, speed of service and deep history is undeniable.

  • A trailblazer in Sydney’s Thai restaurant scene. When the late, great Amy Chanta opened it in Darlinghurst in 1989, it brought Bankgok flavours that were then-unknown to Sydney diners. The Thai street food here is fine-dining quality, served at very reasonable price points. Today, it’s a super-popular chain with stores all over Sydney.

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  • The chicken here is twice baked, not fried. Get it spicy or served with powdered cheese.

  • Korean barbeque that’s all about premium meats, side dishes and soju.

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  • The brand’s first Australian outlet is a gigantic-hotpot joint. With robots.

  • Affordable Malaysian food with a range of flavoured roti. If you don't get in before the lunchtime rush you can expect to queue for a while.

  • The second location for the Marrickville favourite.

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  • Red Pepper and Sparrow Mill serves Korean-style chicken.

  • A no-frills Chinese restaurant serving the favourites and then some.

  • The upmarket sequel to legendary Sydney Cantonese restaurant Golden Century. It’s named after its now-closed sibling’s most famous dish, the XO pippies, which you can absolutely order here. Plus, Cantonese-style roasted meats, live seafood and outstanding wines from the tome-like list. There’s also a daily yum cha service from midday.

  • A high-end restaurant chain serving Peking duck and north-eastern Chinese specialties you can’t find elsewhere. The lavish dining room alone is the worth the visit.

  • Authentic, late-night Thai.

  • A restaurant by the host of the world’s biggest TV dating show serves spicy Sichuan noodle soup and dumplings.

  • Char kway teow noodles with jumbo prawns, Hainan chicken rice and a signature wok-fried crab are the highlights at Junda Khoo’s nostalgic Malaysian diner.

  • For fast-paced, real-deal Thai.

  • Thai food that pulls no punches.

  • A restaurant in Haymarket specialising in southern Thai cuisine.

  • Find this cavernous Thai grocer and cafe in the heart of Sydney’s Thai Town. Despite serving burgers, bowls and pasta, Boon doesn’t mix elements of Thai and western cuisine – it reimagines them like they always belonged together.

  • The home of the richest, most unctuous tonkotsu ramen in town. Owner Mori Higashida rips through 300 kilograms of fresh pork bones every day to make his soup, which has been hailed by Dan Hong as the “most hectic” in Australia.