HAYMARKET At A Glance
A vibrant hub on the southern end of the city, Haymarket is fun to visit, but even better to live in. It’s famous for its bustling markets, delectable dining scene, and the Capitol Theatre. It’s Sydney’s Chinatown. Locals follow their noses to legendary Asian eateries, and soak up the culture and convenience.
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Dumplings are a firm local favourite, but on Friday nights make a direct bee-line for the Asian-inspired night markets.
Early settlers used the area as a marketplace for produce and hay – hence the name Haymarket.
Living in Haymarket, locals have everything they need in arm’s reach. There are markets, top-notch shopping centres, and a slew of dining and entertainment options in the suburb, while the city, Darling Harbour and Surry Hills are just minutes away. It’s quintessential city living, and there’s always something happening – which is one of the reasons Haymarket attracts a young, lively crowd.
Convenience aside, residents are surrounded by community markets, art galleries, and the historic Capitol Theatre. Haymarket is also home to Chinatown – a vibrant cultural centre that’s lined with eateries, shops and supermarkets, and hosts events and festivals year-round.
The weekly markets attract Sydneysiders from all over, and the dining scene is vibrant and varied, boasting some of Sydney’s best Asian restaurants, such as Marigold, Chat Thai and East Ocean.
While many locals can walk to work or university, Haymarket is a public transport hub. Buses, and the light rail run through the suburb, and Central Station is at the south end.
The population of Haymarket is overwhelmingly young, independent and multicultural. The University of Technology is a stone’s throw away, and the University of Sydney is also close by, so the area appeals to students. While Haymarket is home to a mix of transient people and those laying down roots, the community vibe is strong, and apparent at events like the weekly night market.
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Every Friday from 4pm to 11pm, Dixon Street lights up with an Asian-inspired market. Locals love strolling down Little Eat Street for foodie favourites like yum cha, teppanyaki, sushi and pho, and wandering through 50 stalls spruiking everything from toys to clothes.
‘Brothers, sisters, mums and daddies – you haven’t been to markets til you’ve been to Paddy’s!’ For over 150 years, Paddy’s Markets has held the title of Sydney’s biggest market, with hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce, clothing, cosmetics, crafts, gifts, gadgets and bric-a-brac.
Smack-bang in the middle of Haymarket, Market City is a retail destination that boasts fashion, home, beauty and electronic stores, including 30 factory outlets. Residents love the range and bargains on offer, and the Asian food court is popular among CBD workers.
Haymarket is all about apartment living. There are older and more contemporary, higher and lower blocks on offer. While all of the streets in Haymarket are convenient and buzzing with the activity that comes with city living, the most desirable are Quay, Pitt and George Streets and Steam Mill Lane. The area around Belmore Park is also popular, and homes on Hay Street and Eddy Avenue tend to be snapped up quickly.