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Feed Off The City's Endless Energy

Chinatown & Haymarket | Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn: Sydney Edition CREDIT: Destination NSW

Reynold Poernomo and Hayden Quinn exploring Chinatown

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Feed Off The City's
Endless Energy

Chinatown & Haymarket | Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn: Sydney Edition CREDIT: Destination NSW

Reynold Poernomo and Hayden Quinn exploring Chinatown

#ilovesydney

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Few places on earth feel as timeless as Sydney Harbour. Aboriginal people have lived in the area for thousands of years, embedding their stories into the landscape. And as you peel back Sydney’s surprising layers, you’ll discover cultural experiences as moreish as its innovative food.  

“Sydney has an energy all of its own,” says Hayden Quinn, foodie and host of Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn: Sydney Edition. “It is where beautifully futuristic architecture houses some of the most innovative dining you’ll find anywhere, and ancient Aboriginal sites pulse with the energy of the Dreamtime. And wherever you take it all in, from Barangaroo and The Rocks to Chinatown, the city rolls out a feast for every one of your senses.”   

Sydney CBD & Surrounds | Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn: Sydney Edition CREDIT: Destination NSW

Margret Campbell from Dreamtime Southern X

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Sydney CBD & Surrounds | Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn: Sydney Edition CREDIT: Destination NSW

Margret Campbell from Dreamtime Southern X

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Home of the mighty Eora Nation for thousands of years, Sydney’s Aboriginal heritage thrives around Sydney Harbour, with many sites revealing the Gadigal and Cammeraygal People’s deep connection to country, including ancient rock engravings at Balls HeadBerry Island Reserve and the Grotto Point Engraving Site at Dobroyd Head.  

The modern face of this age-old connection can also be experienced around The Rocks at a performance by First Nations dance company,  Bangarra, and in the extensive art collections on show at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Argyle Gallery

While you’re in The Rocks, learn about the world’s oldest living culture on a Dreamtime SouthernX walking tour, a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated business. Hear and see how the timeless wisdom of the Aboriginal culture thrives in today’s modern, built-up environment. Discover the spiritual and cultural significance of Sydney’s newest precinct with an Aboriginal Cultural Tour of the 6-hectare Barangaroo Reserve. As you meander through some 75,000 Australian native trees and shrubs, the echoes of the ancient past still ring out loud and clear as Aboriginal educators share the area’s living history. 

Aboriginal Cultural Tours, Barangaroo Reserve CREDIT: Destination NSW

Woman learning about Aboriginal culture on a tour with Aboriginal Cultural Tours, Barangaroo Reserve.

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Aboriginal Cultural Tours, Barangaroo Reserve CREDIT: Destination NSW

Woman learning about Aboriginal culture on a tour with Aboriginal Cultural Tours, Barangaroo Reserve.

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While millennia-old energy hums in Barangaroo’s natural spaces, its ultra-modern spirit of innovation comes to life in its dining experiences. On Shelley Street you’ll find Urban Green – Australia’s first commercial indoor farm specialising in microgreens and sprouts, which are in-demand across various restaurants across the city. Noah and the team are committed to impacting the environment as minimally as possible, and the farm is a great spot to learn about sustainability and buy just-picked produce to add to your own dishes. 

Prefer someone else to do the hard work? Barangaroo has a flavour everyone can savour. For sustainably-caught seafood paired with fresh, local produce served in a beautiful waterfront setting, book a table at Cirrus – the brainchild of award-winning chef Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt. For modern flavours that celebrate Aussie produce and cooking with wood, charcoal and steam, try Woodcut at Crown Sydney, owned by award-winning couple Ross and Sunny Lusted. And for a flavourful selection of snacks paired with jaw-dropping views of Barangaroo and beyond, sip on cocktails at the Smoke rooftop bar. 

As night descends, Sydney’s energy is electrified and a maze of lights flickers to life. As you wander south from Barangaroo, along the King Street Wharf, through Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour to Chinatown and Haymarket, you’ll find colourful dining options at every turn. For spicy modern flavours from the family behind one of Sydney’s most iconic late-night eateries, look no further than XOPP.  

Housed inside the futuristic Darling Exchange building, Billy Wong’s eatery borrows traditional dishes from his parents’ famous Golden Century restaurant – a late-night Sussex Street dining icon for more than 30 years – and gives them a deliciously playful twist and a fresh fusion of Chinese flavours.  

Chinatown & Haymarket | Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn: Sydney Edition CREDIT: Destination NSW

Pork and Prawn Wonton Noodle Soup

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Chinatown & Haymarket | Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn: Sydney Edition CREDIT: Destination NSW

Pork and Prawn Wonton Noodle Soup

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Chinatown & Haymarket | Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn: Sydney Edition CREDIT: Destination NSW

Hayden Quinn with Jonathan Hepner at Bucket Boys in Darling Square

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Chinatown & Haymarket | Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn: Sydney Edition CREDIT: Destination NSW

Hayden Quinn with Jonathan Hepner at Bucket Boys in Darling Square

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When you’re ready for dessert, head to Koi Dessert Bar where acclaimed culinary creator and MasterChef favourite Reynold Poernomo plates up a memorable spread of sweets spanning everything from decadent tarts to inventive truffles. Or head to Emperor’s Garden Cake & Bakery on the corner of Dixon and Hay Streets, to try their legendary Cream Puffs – custard-filled bite-size treats sold hot from the oven that are well worth queuing for. 

Afterwards, pop down to Bucket Boys Craft Beer Co for a Sydney Cider, before a stroll through the Chinatown Night Markets on Dixon Street. Here, street food vendors sizzle up a feast of cuisines from Hong Kong to Hanoi, while eclectic artisan stalls showcase the work of local artists in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colour. Visiting during the day? Take a stroll through the stunning Chinese Garden of Friendship, and soak up the serene solitude amongst waterfalls, towering willows and lagoons filled with lotus flowers and koi carp. Modelled after the classic private gardens of the Ming Dynasty, this Heritage-listed oasis is an idyllic spot to recharge in the heart of the action.   

Wherever you venture around Barangaroo and Chinatown, Sydney’s cultural mashup of ancient and ultra-modern, of tradition and innovation, all add up to an energy that is utterly hypnotising. 

Make a weekend of it. There’s a range of accommodation available throughout Darling Harbour, Chinatown and Barangaroo, to suit a range of budgets. For a family-friendly stay, book into Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour. Immerse yourself in bespoke luxury at Crown Sydney, or stay at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour for stunning views over the entire precinct.

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A Superior King room at Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour.

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Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Habour, Sydney CREDIT: Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour

A Superior King room at Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour.

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