6 trendy and not huge shopping centres perfect for Asian food
The anticipation of waiting for your meal during peak lunch time. Pictured: vibes at World Square
Whether it is for a lunch break or a planned dinner with family, we have scouted out some of the most photogenic and must-visit shopping centres that you can type into Google maps. These destinations are full of authentic Asian food, with cuisines including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hong Kong and Thai.
Please note that these shopping centres are listed in no particular order.
Based a stone’s throw away from Town Hall station, many Sydney food bloggers and lifestyle influencers enjoy visiting Regent Place. It is fun, youthful and family-friendly. Over two floors, you will find Japanese eateries, Chinese noodles, premium ice-cream, Korean bibimbap and more.
If you have travelled to south-east Asia, you will appreciate the picturesque, hawker-style decor of the hole-in-wall eateries here. Although not a shopping centre, we had to include Spice Alley for its flair and variety of dining options. You don’t have far to walk far from Central train station to find it. After you’ve satisfied your stomach, you can visit Central Park Mall next door to catch a movie.
From its name, you can probably deduce that World Square is known for an international array of restaurants. This bustling precinct is popular for office workers, especially those based in Haymarket. There are popular restaurants inside the shopping centre, as well as in the outdoor lanes and rooftop.
We love Gami Chicken & Beer for Korean food, Din Tai Fung for dumplings, and Papparich for flavourful Nasi Lemak. If you’re feeling like a drink, The Cidery and The Bavarian are lively options.
Credits: Word Square website
Market City is the biggest (in size) in this list. This landmark building houses a humming foodcourt on its ground floor for the more budget-conscious. For more celebratory occasions or wedding banquets, the top floor hosts prestigious dining options.
Called the “1909 Dining Precinct”, the upper market restaurants on the top floor include The Eight for yumcha, Yayoi for elegant Japanese dining, and Nanyang Tea Club for premium Malaysian food.
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Next to the train station is the modern and polished Rhodes Central. On the ground floor, Bamboo Lane is a collection of popular brands including Yasaka Ramen, Mao Po and Madam Pho. The ambience is warm and spirited, with locals enjoying a solo meal or parents enjoying a break at LAB Bakery. The restaurants on the second floor are for a longer sit-down meal.