What we'll do
Sydney's Chinatown is full of secrets and excellent restaurants, and on this experience, you're going to see and taste a bit of everything!
Your tour starts outside Paddy's Markets and the start of Dixon St mall. You'll get a run-down on Chinatown's early history and development, before heading off to explore the neighbourhood.
This tour has a strong focus on uncovering Sydney's long connection with China, and the contributions Chinese-Australians have made to the community. You'll learn more in this 2-hour tour about Australia's Chinese community than you could possibly imagine, and "pub trivia" style games will keep it interactive and fun.
Along the way, you'll sample a range of snacks from some of Chinatown's best restaurants, with a minimum of 4 food stops included. All snacks are street foods that represent different parts of China and are designed to be eaten on the move.
Mouth-watering food, interesting stories and a great way to support local businesses - what are you waiting for?
What to know
Tour days: Sunday mornings. See calendar for details.
- 2 hour guided activity
- 4 to 5 food stops
- Group photos
- Guide to Chinatown's best restaurants
- Surprise souvenir
Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English. Our guides also speak Mandarin Chinese (contact us to confirm availability).
Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples, small groups and families. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers.
Group size: 4 - 12 people
COVID-Safe Plan: Hand sanitiser provided and social distancing (1.5 metres) enforced. All venues that we visit have their own COVID-Safe Plans.
Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 3 days in advance.
About your guides
Your guide will normally be me, Justin. I'm a recovering lawyer and the "Head Honcho" of AussieYou. About 4 years ago I quit my corporate job to work in a happier industry - tourism! I love showing people around Sydney and bringing together people from all over the world. Chinatown is one of my favourite parts of Sydney, but I know it can be overwhelming with the number of restaurants and unfamiliar cuisines.
I have previously lived and studied in China - yep, 我会说中文！(I can speak Chinese) so I feel at home in Chinatown, and love bringing other people along on my Chinatown food adventures.
On some weekends one of my co-hosts will lead the tour. We're all locals and can't wait to show you around.
Frequently asked questions
What should I bring? Please bring a water bottle and comfortable walking shoes, as we are standing or walking for most of the tour. We recommend bringing some cash as well as a credit card for extra purchases.
Where do we start? We start directly opposite the southern end of Dixon St mall, right outside Paddy's Markets.
Where do we finish? We finish where we start, having completed a short 1 km loop of Chinatown and Darling Square.
Do you offer gift vouchers? Yes, we do! Select the "Open Date" option when booking, then reply to the booking confirmation email to let us know that it is for someone else. We'll prepare you a customised gift voucher that you can give to them.
Are private tours available? Yes! Private tours are available and can be given in English or Mandarin Chinese. Please contact us for more information.
Who can come? All guests are welcome on this tour.
- Cancellations made 48 hours or more before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
- No cancellations can be made within 48 hours of the activity, however, reschedules or credits can be arranged (subject to availability and at the tour operator's discretion).
For private tours, cancellations made 7 days or more before the activity starts will receive a full refund; cancellations made between 3 and 7 days before the activity starts will receive a 50% refund, and no cancellations can be made within 3 days of the activity.