Celebrate Chinese New Year in the Eastern Suburbs

If you thought that the silly season was over and you were going to lead a healthy lifestyle, I believe you’re sadly mistaken. February marks the Chinese New Year celebrations, and apart from rich cultural song, dance, games and other traditions, the festivities will and should be filled with mountains of glorious Yum Cha and traditional Chinese cuisine. Here are our top restaurant and event picks this Chinese New Year.


If your taste buds are craving a spicy meal, Chairman Mao has some of the spiciest around. Known for its incredibly authentic Hunan cuisine, the restaurant is an ode to Dictator Mao, who grew up in the region. There’s even a dish named after him: Chairman Mao’s Pork Belly, which is highly recommended. There’s also a hot and sour dumpling soup, stir fried eggplant, braised pork and more. The food is a little on the oily side but a rare treat never hurt anyone and it’s a great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Location: 189 Anzac Parade, Kensington, NSW 2033

MISSY K (Paddington)


You can’t have Chinese New Year without some Northern Chinese food. Famed for their handmade noodles and dumplings, Northern Chinese cuisine has quickly become a favourite among Sydney siders. MissyK offers some of the best dumplings around with a large variety of fillings, including lamb and onion, pork and chive and prawn dumplings. You can also order Peking duck pancakes or crispy pork belly stir fry among many other options.

Location: Shop 1, 160 Flinders Street, Paddington, NSW 2021


Golden Unicorn, located in Maroubra, hosts mouth-watering Yum Cha. The options are incredibly diverse, catering to traditionalists as well as those less familiar with Chinese cuisine. With dumplings, chicken feet, pork buns, rice noodles, sesame prawn rolls and more on the menu, you can be sure that Golden Unicorn will satiate anyone’s hunger. We recommend the mud crab with e-fu noodles during this ceremonious month.

Location: Level 2/ 193 Maroubra Road, Maroubra, NSW 2035



You can’t celebrate Chinese New Year without a good, old-fashioned Yum Cha. There’s something exciting about seeing those trolleys come down your way as the service attendant offers you what’s available on the tray. It turns a great meal into an exciting experience. Imperial Peking Chinese Restaurant is located at Kensington and offers good value Yum Cha with plenty of options to choose from. Make sure you try the tea and deep fried pork ribs.

Location: 558 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, NSW 2032


If you’re after something a bit more modern, China Diner is the perfect place to enjoy a solid meal with friends and family. Hosting a cocktail bar and front diner as well as a more traditional dining room, China Diner has a wide variety of modern and traditional dishes to get your taste buds rocking to the New Year. If you’re after a Yum Cha fix, China Diner offers Yum Cha every weekend from 12pm.

Location: 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi, NSW 2026


From the lowliest peasant to the mightiest emperor, who doesn’t enjoy a good karaoke session at a Chinese restaurant? Bambusia has been a local favourite for over 30 years, serving traditional foods and also more contemporary dishes like everyone’s favourite, salt and pepper squid and sang choy bow. Also offering bookings for karaoke, you can stuff your face between belting out your favourite Whitney Houston or Queen tune.

Location: 29 Newland Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022

A TASTE OF CHINA, 5 February (Double Bay)

If you’re after a celebratory evening, A Taste of China held at Guilfoyle Park is hosting a Chinese New Year event for people of all ages. The evening will consist of noodle markets, lantern displays, lion dance performances, face painting, traditional dance performances and more. Food stalls will be available from vendors such as Mr Bao Bun and Let’s Do Yum Cha. It’s set to be a great night for people looking to celebrate with their community.

Price: Entry is free

Location: Guilfoyle Park, Knox Street, Double Bay, NSW 2028


There’s nothing better than home-made decorations to celebrate festivities and there’s absolutely nothing to lose for your children to learn the art of lantern making. Studio 1 in Double Bay is offering a free lantern making class for children. If you want to celebrate at home, why not impress your guests and boost your child’s self-esteem with beautiful, home-made Chinese lanterns to decorate your home with a festive vibe?

Price: Free

Location: Studio 1, 1 Cross Street, Double Bay, NSW 2028

KUNG FU CLASS, 9 February (Double Bay)

Following from A Taste of China, as part of the Chinese New Year Festival Woollahra Municipal Council will be hosting Kung Fu classes on Tuesday 9 February. Learn how to control your energy, breathing, power and rhythm through this ancient Shaolin fighting style. Classes are introductory so the event is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, and is run by the Chinese King Fu Academy.

Price: Free

Location:  Guilfoyle Park, Knox Street, Double Bay, NSW 2028

CHINESE TEA CEREMONY, 10 February (Double Bay)

The best part about Chinese New Year is the celebration of culture and cultural practices. Woollahra Council are hosting a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony, traditionally called ‘Gong Fu Cha’. The ceremony is all about the poetic preparation and presentation of tea which can have meditative effects. This ceremony is definitely one to experience as you sample tastings from China and ring in the Year of the Monkey.

Price: Free

Location: Woollahra Municipal Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay, NSW 2028

Location Eastern Suburbs