Sydney Food Tour: A Taste of Chinatown

Sydney Food Tour: A Taste of Chinatown

3 hours Haymarket, Australia

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Taste your way through Sydney's bustling Chinatown as your guide shares personal stories of migration and settlement through the eyes of culturally diverse Australians. Savour the neighborhood's colorful history through its delicious food and real tales of migration.
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Stop At: Chinatown, George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

This Sydney food tour is a slice of history and culture, alongside deliciously diverse cuisine, telling the Aussie story of migration and settlement from the early days to the most modern times.

This mouth-watering journey will visit hidden landmarks and share little known stories from the history of Chinese Australians. You will enjoy some of the best of Asian Australian cuisine, with origins from China, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia.

You will beat the queues in Sydney's most popular Malaysian, and enjoy Sydney’s Chinatown classics, dishes include the best KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), handmade dumplings and noodles enjoyed by chefs on their days off, and a lotus shaped gelato beautiful enough to Instagram and delicious enough to win awards.

With modern fusion and Sydney Chinatown classics, dishes include the best KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), handmade dumplings and noodles enjoyed by chefs on their days off, and lotus-shaped gelato beautiful enough to Instagram and delicious enough to win awards.

Your tour will also include the serenity of a classic Chinese Tea Ceremony, an ancient and beautiful tradition.

Duration: 3 hours


  • Food tasting
  • Local guide
  • Dinner
  • Snacks - Food Tastings
  • Coffee and/or Tea - Tea Ceremony


  • Drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

108 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Return Details

Meriton Retail Precinct George Street, 537-551 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian and gluten free option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers


59 Reviews

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mlcalvo June 2021

I went on the Taste of Chinatown tour & was more than pleasantly surprised by all the wonderful places we visited & the history we learnt. I am born & bred in Sydney & have only been to this area a few times even though I work close by! We have been back to one of the restaurants in the past month & the food was just as delicious as the first time. This is a great tour to do as it helped us find out more about the area & explore things we wouldn’t normally try. Thank you to Ivy as well, she was an awesome guide, we had a fun & fantastic time!! The list of places we visited for recommendation are: Topotea Tea Shop Emperor’s Garden Cakes and Bakery Chinatown Noodle King Kowloon Cafe Shop

amyhN2457HZ May 2021

Tirian was a fantastic tour guide, so patient with the children! He was very knowledgeable about the variety of foods and places to point out. We all learned about the historical perspectives of the variety of foods. From Northern Chinese dumplings and the reason for the prevalence of lamb in their the ICG chicken and its origins in the Korean War. What a great tour - highly recommend!

ashleigh194 May 2021

I wanted to use my dine and discover voucher so I chose to do a food tour. Christie was very informative and I found this tour very impressive. She took us to places that had authentic Asian cuisine and where you wouldn’t go yourself. I thought there would of been little more food to try but the whole experience was a lot of fun. I would definitely go on another tour with this company.

Manuela E May 2021

My husband and I went on a tour of Haymarket with Christie. It was great. We live in Pyrmont and often walk through Haymarket but Christie showed us things and places that we’d never noticed. She took us to a variety of excellent restaurants that, again, we never would have gone to. She explained the history of the area and the different types of foods. We ate plentifully and also had the pleasure of going to a tea ceremony. I would highly recommend this tour. Thanks Christie

kfckylie May 2021

The Taste Chinatown Tour was just absolutely fabulous, Lesley gave us the best customer service, our guide Christie was so knowledgeable and friendly. We booked the tour for a private Hen’s party and very last minute as other plans had fallen through. The food was great, we were shown places that I would never have thought to go to and we learnt so much along the way. Thanks again for such a fabulous day, can’t recommend highly enough.

98sandy April 2021

What a wonderful way to spend an evening, wandering through Chinatown and experiencing some of the amazing food on offer there. The food was delicious and it was fun to get to know everyone in our small party of five. Our guide, Tirian, was an excellent host for the evening. We were taken to places we may never have been drawn to visit but once we knew how amazing they were, we were back again a couple of days later to take family there. This was our second Taste Tour and we will definitely be back to do more tours next time we come to Sydney.

jsnd001 April 2021

A fantastic tour through Sydney's Chinatown district. As locals we typically stick to the few favs, so this was a great way to explore some less obvious/known places. It was good to do it with another couple from the Sunshine Coast (out of towners). We had a great tour guide, Tirian, who shared insights about the 6 or so places we visited. He also has a wealth of asian cultural awareness and experiences (for a young guy) that he openly shared. Highly recommend and we will definitely be doing other tours in the future!

CherieL032021 March 2021

Our son & his partner gave us this tour for Christmas 2019, so it was eagerly awaited through the interstate lockdown. We finally made it to Sydney & thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Christie was very knowledgeable about the Chinese history in Australia the buildings around Chinatown & also the food from different Asian countries we enjoyed eating. After hearing of the different types of noodles, hotpots & chilli or pepper heat of more dishes, we’ll be back to try them. The tour is over 3 hours & we tried Malaysian rendang beef, Korean spring onion chicken, a Chinese Tea Ceremony (our favourite) Chinese homemade noodles with chicken & veg, finished with lychee gelato. Abbie at the Chinese Tea Ceremony was terrific. She prepared a delicious green tea & told us about its origins & how to prepare it. Our guide Christie was fabulous. Thank you for all of the stories, I enjoyed them all. Find out why Chinese people tap two bent fingers after tea is poured for them. I highly recommend this tour. We’ll try one of the others another trip down.

Ross P March 2021

My husband and I had a wonderful night (it was his birthday present from me). Our guide Patrick was excellent, knowledgeable, considerate of our needs and a funny guy! We highly recommend it and will be doing more! It was well organised and covid safe. Thank you very much for this wonderful experience xx

DB_in_Oz March 2021

Great to see an organisation such as Taste Tours giving locals and tourists an insight into different cultures and foods, and doing it so well! Living just 1km from Chinatown, I rarely venture into Chinatown except Paddy's Markets, as its daunting to know which restaurants are good, so this took all the guess work out of it and I found a few that I will definitely return to. Patrick (guide) was awesome, engaging and knows his stuff, definitely worth a try for those of us who miss Asia so much and just can't travel there at the moment. 100% recommended and would love to try another one in the West of Sydney as a result. Enjoy!

JoanneHeggie February 2021

Was a fun way to spend a few hours! Not only do you get to see parts of your city that you didn't even know existed, but you get to eat it too!

GN246 November 2020

We really enjoyed our Taste of Chinatown tour. Our tour guide Christie was extremely knowledgable about the area, Asian culture and cuisine and all the food we tried was absolutely fantastic. She had put lots of thought into how to structure the tour with a mixture of walking, restaurants, bakeries, tea shops etc. And every place she took us to were all very local and authentic. Really cannot recommend this experience enough if you’re a foody and interested in learning more about Asian culture and cuisine

annaAustinTx October 2020

My mother and I decided to do a TASTE tour even though we live in Sydney. The tour was an absolute delight and apart from the amazing food - we learned so much about Chinatown itself as well as about the different regional foods of China. Patrick - our guide - was extremely knowledgable as well as being a charming young man. We also liked the ethical ethos of the company supporting refugees throughout the city. We would highly recommend this tour for locals like us as well as tourists to Sydney. Thank you TASTE !

540monicaa October 2020

I have been to Chinatown many times and for as long as I can remember but I had never experienced it like I did last night. Patrick is very knowledgable and provided history, background and anecdotes of the sites, architecture and restaurants making the night very enjoyable. The restaurants and the dishes were carefully selected to ensure we experienced the soul of their countries of origin. The amount of food served, the variety and the pace of the tour were perfect. Finishing off with the sculptural gelatos was truly the icing on the cake. I would recommend the tour if you want to have an unpretentious, adventurous Covid-safe night out in town.

Gimmecookies February 2020

Tour guide Christine was great had expensive knowledge bit hard to hear her as slightly spoken and were in loud busy restaurants. Over all great, would recommend

rachelsK7335ZU February 2020

Our first time in Sydney and we had a great night out in Chinatown with Christie. She showed us some great local spots for cuisine, and included a lot of local history, with some quirky stories mixed in. We really enjoyed the tour!

danakB4909QR January 2020

Our guide Patrick was amazing, really knew his stuff. The food was very good , it was just the right amount so you don't feel like youv'e eaten too much. Highly recommend this tour.

C1234indy January 2020

We loved our tour of Chinatown! Our guide Sophie was great; she was very knowledgeable about the history of Chinatown and the food scene in Australia. We tasted lots of delicious food-a great variety including a tea ceremony. I would definitely recommend this tour and I hope to try another one of the Taste Food Tours.

B1696CQkimw January 2020

Had a great time at the taste of China experience Christie knew lots of great information about the whole of China town. She told us lots of facts about the Asian traditions and we tried some great food! We tried breakfasts, mains and deserts and loved The tea tasting experience. Highly recommend! Christie is incredible!

Elizabeth A December 2019

I am so pleased I booked this tour as a Christmas gift for my husband and I. From the moment it began we discovered parts of Sydney we had never seen before and fantastic restaurants and dishes that inspired us to return to Chinatown again and again. Many thanks to our knowledgeable, bright and friendly guide, Sophie, for making our tour an absolute delight. She has inspired us to book more of these tours around Sydney in the future. My husband is thrilled to have found the best Char kway teow in Sydney and he kept thanking me for this wonderful gift.

SuperBpete December 2019

This was our first food tour so weren’t sure on what to expect but it exceeded our expectations from start to end. To begin with, our guide Patrick was a fabulous wealth of knowledge of both the Asian food scene and general knowledge also. All the food we got to taste was delicious, especially the Korean fried chicken and the handmade dumplings & noodles. The ice cream shaped like a rose was exquisite. We would highly recommend this tour.

johnsC9387QK December 2019

This is a wonderful and very tasty tour led by a knowledgeable and articulate guide (Patrick). We never would have found, or even considered dining in, the places to which Patrick brought us. This a very thorough tour and travels at an easy pace. Do not eat before this tour; there's much more very good food on this tour than you might imagine. You shall have more than a full meal. Patrick's insights on history and culture were an added bonus. You shall get quite a grand experience with Sydney's Chinatown food.

stephaniejdh October 2019

I was completely blown away by everything I got out of this food tour. Patrick was amazing, offering interesting bits of Australian and Chinese history alongside a wealth of knowledge on a variety of cultures and cuisines. There were just two of us on the tour (myself and another solo traveler) and we had an absolute blast sampling Malaysian, Chinese, Korean and Thai dishes. I never would have discovered these restaurants on my own, and I feel like I gained valuable local insight while satisfying all my cravings! I highly, highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Sydney, and recommend that you go at the start of your vacation so that you can revisit some of the venues on your own.

Kym Y October 2019

My first ever food tour exceeded my expectations. Patrick was a fabulous host, there was only 2 of us on the tour so it was like a fun progressive dinner with new friends. The food was excellent at every stop Patrick has made recommendations for other dishes to try at the restaurants - will definitely try and get back to a couple. Went to places that I would never have tried myself without the insider knowledge. Lot s of local information and stories . Will do another Taste food tour next time I visit Sydney.
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