Hailing the Year of the Monkey in Sydney

Chinese New Year is upon us once more, and it’s the turn of the mischievous Monkey! The Fire Monkey, to be precise, which heats things up rather nicely. While you’re in the area, take a peek at the City of Sydney website for other cool happenings.


Dragon Well Chinese Tea House


Wave to the Buddha and stand still in awe as you gaze around the snug confines of this beautiful little teahouse. Everything, from the antique chairs to the pottery stacked high on rosewood shelves, simply glows with classical Chinese style, and the extensive range of imported teas is unrivalled in Sydney. Don’t forget to try the Aged Tie Guan Yin – it’s our particular favourite. Find out more

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw this wonderful little place in Pyrmont on Union Square. It was amazing. An authentic Oriental Tea House in the heart of Sydney. It is hidden away in a 19th century terrace house decorated in the most superb Chinese Red Wood decor and furnishings. They allow you to taste the tea before you buy it and the tea is better than any.” – fine1375

What’s nearby…
•  The Sydney Morning Herald Lunar Markets by The Star (Pyrmont Bay Park, Thursday 4th to Sunday 14th Feb)
•  Chinese New Year Gala Concert (The Star, Saturday 13th Feb)


Chairman Mao


Chinese New Year requires true authenticity, and the sumptuous Hunan cuisine served up at Chairman Mao is most definitely the real deal. The humble presentation belies the rich explosion of flavour awaiting your tongue, so be sure to prepare yourself for the glorious chilli onslaught! We’d recommend the braised pork, as it’s the stuff legends are made of. Tender, porky legends. Find out more

“This would have to be the best local Chinese. So authentic and tasty. But you have to like chilli.” – Gavvybear

What’s nearby…
•  Chinese Tea Appreciation Workshop & Yum Cha (Zensation Tea House, Saturday 6th Feb)
•  Chinese New Year Mass Greeting and Lucky Lantern Auction
    (NSW Evergreen Taoist Church, Sunday 14th Feb)


Golden Century


What’s this? A bustling, brightly lit temple of tank-fresh Cantonese seafood? Sounds good! Golden Century is widely renowned as one of Sydney’s greatest Chinese restaurants (although you could be fooled into thinking it’s an aquarium sometimes), and it won’t take you long to realise why. Especially if you go for the live pippies in XO sauce and fresh scallops on vermicelli noodles. Simply delicious. Find out more

“I went to Golden Century with a group of 12 on Saturday night. It was the first time in years and nothing has changed … it’s still awesome! Starting with Peking Duck we ate through more courses than I can remember. They have tanks full of live fish and seafood, which makes it as fresh as possible. What a feast!” – simonc22

What’s nearby…
•  Darling Harbour CNY Celebrations (Chinese Garden of Friendship, every weekend from Saturday 6th to Sunday 21st Feb)
•  Wushu Workshop (Chinese Youth League of Australia, Saturday 20th Feb)


LNC Dessert House


Fancy desserts are must-have for any celebration, and LNC Dessert House is a snug haven, ready to provide the goods. This place boasts a bountiful selection of irresistible, Chinese-inspired treats (Green & Black Sesame Snow Flakes – go for it) to tempt your taste buds with, and it’s even nice enough to stay open ‘til midnight!
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“An Asian dessert house that sells sweet ice based beverages, ice cream and also snacks. Comfortable seating with a few booth-like lounges at the back. Desserts are delicious and cost around $8. I had the mango ice and sago. Sweet pieces of fresh mango with sago and a bed of shaven slushy mango flavored ice.” – atan7

What’s nearby…
•  Welcome the New Year at World Square (World Square, Monday 8 and Wednesday 10 Feb)
•  Chinese New Year Lantern Festival 2016 (Tumbalong Park, Friday 12th to Wednesday 17th Feb)

Image credit: Emperors Puffs

Emperor’s Garden Cake & Bakery


Ahhh Emperor’s Garden, that tempting wonderland where countless delectable cakes, tarts, rolls, and much more are whipped up every day. The fresh scents and Blade Runner-esque neon sign make a rather enticing mix, and you’ll be very glad indeed you took notice. After all, you can’t beat one of their famous Emperor’s Puffs around this time of year. Or any time of year, for that matter… Find out more

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What’s nearby:
•  Chinatown Historical Walking Tours (Capitol Theatre, Wednesday 10th, Tuesday 16th and Sunday 21st Feb)
•  Chinese Garden Chamber Music 2016 (Chinese Garden of Friendship, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th Feb)

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