Located in Haymarket, just a short stroll from Chinatown, Thai Town is a dynamic neighbourhood of Thai restaurants and groceries stores along Campbell Street, Pitt Street and George Street. Take a walk through the area to discover the best places to eat and shop in Thai Town.
Begin your Thai Town tour with a Thai-style breakfast at Jarern Thai Boon Café, from the team behind Chat Thai (see below). Sydney food lovers have been flocking to Boon since it opened in 2015, dining on punchy breakfasts of kai gatah (pan-baked eggs with smoked fish sausage, pork and chicken mince), or croissants with pandan custard, and lunchtime buns filled with fried chicken and som dtum salad. Later in the day, it’s all about the Isaan specialties, such as larb, sai ouah (pork and chilli sausage) or grilled skewers.
425 Pitt St, Haymarket
After you’ve finished your meal, pop to the adjoining grocery store for Thai ingredients, including tropical fruits, herbs, spices and sweets.
425 Pitt St, Haymarket
Around the corner on Campbell Street sits the original outpost of Amy Chanta’s wildly popular Chat Thai eateries, known for its tender pork ribs, aromatic curries and spicy som dtum salads. Craving Thai late at night? There’s an extensive supper menu, too, loaded with snacks and wok-tossed noodles.
20 Campbell St, Haymarket
A few doors down, browse the colourful displays of Asian greens, aromatic herbs and fragrant fruits at Pontip. This treasure trove of authentic Thai ingredients is also stocked with hard-to-find curry pastes, rice, noodles and sauces, and is a favourite shopping destination for top Thai chef Sujet Saenkham of Spice I Am (see below).
16 Campbell St, Haymarket
This no-frills eatery is a favourite with the local Thai community for the boat noodles flavoured with cinnamon, star anise and pig’s blood, seasoned with sugar, chilli and vinegar.
38 Campbell St, Haymarket
Continue down Campbell Street to the corner of Castlereagh Street, where you’ll find Yok Yor Thai Food Factory. This hip restaurant does a roaring trade in zesty som dtum salads, cleansing Thai soups and grilled dishes from the Isaan province.
323 Castlereagh St, Haymarket
Though technically outside the boundaries of Thai Town (just across Elizabeth Street), no guide to Thai food in Sydney is complete without a mention of Spice I Am. Sujet Saenkham’s award-winning restaurant is a must-visit for exceptional curries, stir-fries and salads, enhanced with herbs and vegetables from the chef’s own farm.
90 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills
Take a five-minute stroll back to Thai Town for desserts at colourful and quirky Thanon Khao San, where they serve traditional Thai sweets from the tuk tuk out the front.
413 Pitt St, Haymarket
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