Sydney Weekly Wrap Edition 4

The view from Pyrmont, a suburb in Sydney’s city edge. We are looking over Pirrama Park, with the Harbour Bridge and Barangaroo in the background.

Hello reader! 

Thank you for coming back to our website for more ideas on places to go in Sydney. 

In this week’s wrap-up, we share our experience visiting a Vietnamese restaurant in Marrickville, a Chinese malatang restaurant in Haymarket, a relaxing BBQ-friendly park in Pyrmont, and more.

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Gia Dinh

If you’re craving the diverse flavours of Vietnamese soup noodles, Gia Dinh is a comfortable and family-style restaurant in Sydney’s inner-west. The tomato rice with crispy skin chicken chops is scrumptious. The pho dac biet (combination noodle soup) is aromatic and hearty.

Watch a TikTok video of Gia Dinh.

Kingway Malatang

A recent addition to Haymarket’s late-night dining scene, Kingway Malatang attracts attention on the border of Sydney’s Thai town with its gleaming and colourfully presented decor. There is a more modern feeling inside this malatang restaurant, compared to the No 1 Malatang venue that is close by on Sussex St. A digital screen calls out your bowl number when it’s ready.

Giba Park and Pirrama Park in Pyrmont

If you’re visiting Darling Harbour, why not extend your walk for another 20 minutes and reach a beautiful, secluded park that has a wondrous waterside view? Bring sausages, steaks and corn too, because Pirrama Park has free public BBQ facilities. Press the button on them, and they heat up. Pirrama Park is great for families, as there are plenty of spots for kids to run around in. Next to Pirrama Park, there are relaxing cafes like Zebra Lounge.

Above Pirrama Park (take two flights of outdoor stairs), a much smaller grassy hill exists. It’s called Giba Park. Dogs run around here and owners chat leisurely. It’s a peaceful recreation area where the photo at the beginning of this article was taken.

Watch a TikTok video of Pirrama Park here.

Canton Cafe

Historically, Dixon St has had no shortage of Cantonese eateries. This diner is similar in vibe to cha caan tengs that you would find in Hong Kong. Order an afternoon tea set that includes milk tea (or red bean ice), French toast, and crispy skin chicken noodles in pork bone soup. All your favourite siu mei BBQ meats are here too. The crispy pork belly and glazed BBQ pork rice is a must-try!

Dae Jang Kum

For many years this Korean BBQ restaurant has been a staple in Sydney’s late-night dining scene. If you’re not feeling like cooking raw cuts of meat yourself, order from an a la carte menu that includes bone soups, sizzling beef bulgogi, and addicting japchae glass noodles. Read our longer-form article on Dae Jang Kum here.