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15 best yum cha restaurants in sydney

15 Best Yum Cha Restaurants in Sydney

Urban living is all about having choices, but the best yum cha in Sydney truly takes that concept to the next level. Indeed, there’s nothing quite like gathering your closest mates and going hog wild on prawn dumplings, braised tripe, rice noodle rolls and anything else off the trolley catching your eye or appetite. That’s what the best yum cha Sydney can muster is really all about.

Well, that and nursing your wicked hangover by padding your stomach with greasy Chinese food, of course. Here’s our list of the 15 Best Yum Cha Sydney Restaurants. Each one is a temple of deliciousness and variety unto itself–may you stuff your face accordingly.

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Golden Century

Golden Century | Image: Golden Century

1. Golden Century

Whether you’re popping in for brunch or dinner, Golden Century will never do you wrong. The Chinatown staple delivers tasty yum cha and classic entrees alike. Pull up a chair next to the lobster tank to whet your appetite while you wait for the trolley to come rolling around.

Address: 393-399 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9212 3901
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-4am

Golden Century

Food on table

The Dynasty | Image: TheSmartLocal

2. The Dynasty

Widely considered as the best yum cha in Sydney, The Dynasty holds court in the Canterbury Leagues of all places. Their steamed prawn dumplings, turnip cakes and barbecued pork buns are the stuff of legend.

Address: 26 Bridge Rd, Belmore NSW 2192
Phone: 02 9740 6633
Trading Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm, Fri 11am-3pm & 5:30pm-11pm, Sat 10am-3pm & 5:30pm-11pm, Sun 10am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm

The Dynasty

Tables at East Phoenix

East Phoenix | Image: Phoenix Chinese Restaurants Group

3. East Phoenix

Inside spacious, modern East Village digs you’ll find an array of delectable yum cha at East Phoenix, sixth member of the Phoenix Group family. Expect swift service, a healthy selection of wine and spirits, and reliably tasty takes on traditional fare along with a few exotic Chinese delicacies.

Address: 2A Defries Ave, Zetland NSW 2017
Phone: 02 9662 2088
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm

East Phoenix

Yum cha on a wood board

Zilver | Image: REIV Member Rewards

4. Zilver

Since 2005, Zilver has been stuffing stomachs and flooring taste buds thanks to classic yum cha with a modern twist. Look for the line out front and follow the smell of freshly cooked seafood inside.

Address: 477 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9211 2232
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3:30pm & 5:30pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3:30pm & 5:30pm-11pm


People at tables inside Marigold Restaurant

Marigold | Image: Marigold

5. Marigold

Year after year, Marigold delivers some of the best yum cha Sydney has to offer and thereby remains an essential Chinatown destination. People go crazy for the tripe, prawn dumplings and other delectable mainstays. You’re not a true Sydney yum cha enthusiast until you’ve tried this place.

Address: Citymark Building, 683-689 George St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9281 3388
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm


Staircase entrance of East Ocean

East Ocean | Image: East Ocean

6. East Ocean

On the prowl for fresh, delicious, no-frills yum cha in the heart of Chinatown? Look no further than East Ocean. They keep it tasty and basic and you’ve never been happier, permitted you don’t mind the occasionally spotty service.

Address: 421-429 Sussex St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9212 4198
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm & 5pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-3pm & 5pm-10pm

East Ocean

Food on table

Golden Unicorn | Image: Golden Unicorn

7. Golden Unicorn

With such a catchy name, it’s no wonder that top yum cha Sydney spot, Golden Unicorn, is wildly popular among the younger crowd. Naturally, the affordable prices and tasty dishes also have something to do with it.

Address: 2/193 Maroubra Rd, Maroubra NSW 2035
Phone: 02 9344 9278
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm

Golden Unicorn

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Sky Phoenix | Image: Facebook

8. Sky Phoenix

Located in the heart of the CBD is another offspring from the Phoenix Group. As one might expect, Sky Phoenix provides an array of yum cha stunners in a modern, sophisticated setting. Order some food, sip on a drink or two and enjoy the ambiance.

Address: 188 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9223 8822
Trading Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm, Sun 10:30am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm

Sky Phoenix

Chinese food in wood bark crockery

Golden Times | Image: Unsplash

9. Golden Times

Dispensing dumplings, buns and noodles by day and offering fresh seafood straight out of the tank by night, Golden Times gives Ashfield its yum cha fix one savoury bite at a time.

Address: 115 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield NSW 2131
Phone: 02 8752 2111
Trading Hours: Tue-Sun 10:30am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm

Golden Times

Interior of Mr Wong

Mr. Wong | Image: Trip.com

10. Mr. Wong

If you’re just not feeling bare-walled banquet setting and factory line service so common among Sydney’s yum cha spots, head on over to Mr. Wong from Merivale. Located inside a stunning two-story colonial spread, the restaurant upgrades your favourite dim sum classics by way of discernibly modern technique. That’s joined by exceptional service and an award-winning wine list. Expect great things.

Address: 3 Bridge St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9240 3000
Trading Hours: Mon-Wed 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm, Thu-Fri 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-11pm, Sat 10:30am-3pm & 5:30-11pm, Sun 10:30am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm

Mr. Wong

Interior of Palace Chinese Restaurant

Palace Chinese | Image: Palace Chinese

11. Palace Chinese

Frequently pointed to as some of the best Chinese food in Sydney, Palace Chinese is a veritable favourite among the CBD lunch crowd. If the endless variety of yum cha is overwhelming your brain, order the Peking duck or stir-fried kangaroo fillet instead.

Address: 38/133-145 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9283 6288
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 5pm-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-3pm & 5pm-10:30pm

Palace Chinese

Food on table

Tim Ho Wan | Image: Time Out

12. Tim Ho Wan (now Canton! Canton!)

Now hosting three Sydney locations and still riding high from its 2015 Michelin star, Tim Ho Wan brings authentic Hong Kong flavour to a perennially receptive Aussie crowd. Check it out as soon as possible, if only so you can taste those epic dumplings that everyone keeps talking about.

Address: GD004/580 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 8120 9888
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm

Tim Ho Wan

Food on table

Sunny Harbour Seafood Restaurant | Image: Uber Eats

13. Sunny Harbour Seafood Restaurant

Spread between Sunny Harbour’s multiple levels is a seemingly endless feast of prawns, dumplings, custards, stuffed Chinese donuts and everything else you can think. Come here with a group of friends and cure your collective hangovers like the weekend warriors you are.

Address: 9-11 Crofts Ave, Hurstville NSW 2220
Phone: 02 9585 1633
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm & 5:30pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm & 5:30pm-11pm

Sunny Harbour Seafood

Food on table

Fisherman’s Wharf | Image: Conde Nast Traveler

14. Fisherman’s Wharf

Located in the Sydney Fish Market, Fisherman’s Wharf is a prime destination for those who can’t get enough fresh seafood. And we’re not kidding. In fact, the seafood here is so fresh here that sometimes it’s still alive when you’re eating it.

Address: Sydney Fish Markets, Pyrmont Bridge Rd & Bank Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Phone: 02 9660 9888
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 5pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm & 5pm-10pm

Fisherman’s Wharf

Busy people inside a Chinese restaurant

The Eight | Image: Food Inbox

15. The Eight

Let’s be honest, even the best yum cha Sydney restaurant can sometimes cut a few corners when it comes to produce. By contrast, The Eight in Market City proudly aims for the freshest produce it can find. The resulting flavours speak for themselves.

Address: 9-13 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9282 9988
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3:30pm & 5:30pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3:30pm & 5:30pm-11pm

The Eight

This article is part of our Good Eating Series.

General FAQ

Where can I find the best yum cha in Sydney?

East Phoenix, East Ocean and Golden Times are some of the best yum cha restaurants in Sydney.

Where can I find affordable yum cha in Sydney?

The Golden Unicorn is an affordable yum cha restaurant in Sydney.

Where can I find the best dumplings in Sydney?

The Dynasty, Marigold, and Golden Times make some of the best dumplings in Sydney.


Jacob Osborn

Jacob Osborn is an accomplished author and journalist with over 10 years of experience in the media industry. Jacob holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and has previously written for Stacker alongside co-authoring a Young Adult novel through Simon & Schuster. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Jacob specialises in entertainment, technology and alcohol reporting. You might find him crate-digging at the nearest record store or sampling whisky at the nearest bar. He daydreams of travelling around the world, but for now, the world will have to come to him by way of lifestyle products, gear, gadgetry, and entertainment. Let's call it a happy compromise while he saves up for the next big trip.