The area we know as Cabramatta was first home to Cabrogal people of the Dharug language group. Today, locals hail from over 120 different countries, including Australia’s largest Vietnamese community. Bring an empty stomach and do a DIY food tour through its maze of arcades and alleys.
The best places to eat in Cabramatta
Kaysone Sweets offers all the fun of Asian street food without the threat of oncoming traffic. Choose your own adventure of fruits and jellies from the glass bowls in the display – up to eight choices! – and it’ll be covered in an avalanche of shaved ice and a squiggle of condensed milk. Pick up a handful of Laotian beef jerky, toffee-coated sweet potato chips or fritters of banana and purple yam. And forget about smashed avocado – try sucking one down as an avocado fruit shake. Trust us. It’s mind-blowingly good.
Every weekend a squad of entrepreneurial grandmas and grandpas set up an unofficial market along the main strip of John Street. You’ll find them quietly selling homegrown veggies, herbs and little pot plants in between some heavy gossip sessions. Local police and council turn a blind eye and we’re grateful for it. Take home a tub of ready-chopped lemongrass for cheap or grab a couple of bamboo leaf packages filled with sweet or savoury sticky rice.
Gather the crew to make the most of the massive share dishes at this popular Vietnamese local. We’re talking campfire beef, canh chua ca sweet and sour fish soup and roll-your-own rice paper rolls with fluffy sugar cane prawns and springy mattresses of banh hoi steamed rice vermicelli noodles. The spring rolls here are worth ordering alone, rolled in sticky rice paper sheets northern-style and deep fried to a chewy golden crisp.