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What’s good in the neighbourhood: Haymarket
At the Chinatown light rail stop in Haymarket, it's like stepping into a teeming haven for spicy noodles, exciting contemporary art, and joyous musical theatre. But where to start? We whittled down the incomparable greatness of this neighbourhood’s food, drink, and experience options into this must-do list. While you're at it, take our quiz to find out what neighbourhood best matches your personality. Or, explore the other exciting areas along the light rail route. Ho Jiak Haymarket. Photograph: Anna Kucera Eat this Start your culinary journey with a crab-bejewelled bowl of char kuey teow from Malaysian hotspot Ho Jiak. They’re open super, super late, so you can satisfy that crispy Hainan chicken craving well into the evening. Or hop over to Thailand with a fiery tom yum noodle bowl and melt-in-your-mouth crispy pork belly from Dodee Paidang. Find yourself in Haymarket in the AM but don’t know where to start? Head to the pink-hued Ching Yip Coffee Lounge for some Hong Kong breakfast classics – think condensed milk toast, warming bowls of congee, and classic ham and tomato stirred with egg. Keep your morning buzzing with a robust kaffe yen and some sweet Thai fusion treats like pandan custard and gelato stuffed fried buns from Boon Café. Bancho Bar. Photograph: Anna Kucera Drink this Quench your thirst and indulge your sweet tooth with a photogenic iced tea from the Alley Lujiaoxiang, try their signature brown sugar crème brûlée creation with “deerioca” pearls. If you’
Try these exclusive cocktails in the CBD over summer
Forget after-work sessions – did you know that some of the best bars in Sydney’s CBD are open on Sunday? And with all the end-of-year catching up and Christmas shopping taking you into the city on weekends, it's good to know there are good places opening their doors. In a patriotic vein, these three bars – Old Mate's Place, PS40 and Burrow Bar – will be celebrating Aussie spirits by offering special cocktails throughout summer and beyond. Get into them on a warm Sunday arvo, or anytime before the end of the year.
Five great glamping experiences near Sydney
While we love getting out into nature, we do rather adore our plump mattresses and access to hot running water. The remedy? Glamping. It takes the best, luxe amenities of the city and plonks them in a gorgeous, usually secluded natural setting. So, how are you going to get there? Cue the Subaru Impreza. The All-Wheel Drive Subaru Impreza has all the extra features that’ll turn an arduous five-hour road trip to a glamping site into a smooth, fun-filled adventure. You can stay safely connected to your device all the way with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity, charging as you go using the car’s multiple USB ports. You'll be able to park and back out safely using the reverse camera and Reverse Auto Braking on selected models, and get to your luxe hideaway hassle-free using in-built satellite navigation. So hit the road and head to one of these very swanky cabins in a pristine spot within driving distance of Sydney. We've even compiled the perfect Spotify playlist for the ride. Photograph: Anna Kucera