2. Paris, France
Not far from the high-rise buildings and business district of Paris lives the Parisian take on Chinatown. Dating back to the 1960s, Quartier Chinois is an amalgamation of different cultures albeit its guise as a classic ‘Chinatown’. With large communities of Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians calling this area home, it’s a place of Vietnamese pho meets Cambodian spices meets Chinese bakeries. Plus, the iconic Tang Freres supermarket is bound to satisfy those shopping cravings – pre-made sauces and noodle bowls aplenty.
3. Yokohama, Japan
Just south of Tokyo, along the waters of Tokyo Bay, lives the uncrowded city of Yokohama. Yet, nestled in the heart of the city lives Japan’s largest and ever-bustling attraction, Yokohama Chinatown. It’s colourful, vibrant, and addictive. With a dizzying array of Chinese restaurants and food stands crammed into every nook and cranny, it truly is a wonderland for hard-core foodies and hungry punters. Keep your senses sharp and belly warm with a tasty selection of manju (braised pork sandwiched between a taco steamed bun), ramen, hand-cut noodles, Peking duck and much, much more.
4. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Cholon, Vietnam’s largest Chinatown, has prevailed in popularity since 1778. While there are various smaller markets peppered throughout the area, the Binh Tay Market, located in the centre, reigns as the tourist and local favourite. A maze of alleyways and aisles, the market provides non-stop excitement and stimulation. Think temples, Chinese-Buddhist style architecture, fabric shops, and hawker stalls serving up a plethora of authentic and fusion delights, including chow mien, ‘broken rice’, and Chinese sausage.
5. Sydney, Australia
When it comes to food, Sydney Chinatown is big on variety and price. Start cheap with bite-sized custard puffs from Emperor Garden – AUD1 for a bag of three – before ending the night with a trip to Golden Century Seafood, the legendary local watering hole for unrivalled Cantonese seafood, open daily until 4am. Looking for some extra entertainment? Have a wander around the Chinatown Friday Night Markets (weekly) and gift yourself a souvenir, a plate of noodles and a bit of live music.