Chinatown, Melbourne

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Chinatown is an ethnic enclave in the Central Business District of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Centred at the eastern end of Little Bourke Street, it extends between the corners of Swanston and Spring Streets, and consists of laneways, alleys and arcades. It is notable for being the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World and the oldest Chinatown in the Southern Hemisphere.
Since the arrival of Chinese immigrants during the Victorian gold rush of the early 1850s, Melbourne's Chinatown has played an important role in establishing the culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants in Australia, and is still home to many Chinese restaurants, cultural venues, businesses and places of worship. Today, Melbourne's Chinatown is a major tourist attraction, known for its architectural heritage, annual festivals and cuisines of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Korean origins.
Beyond Chinatown, Melbourne's Chinese community is well-represented in other areas of the city, such as Box Hill and Glen Waverley.
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  • The main street of the district is quickly traversed, because there is not much to see. Chinatown seems to consist primarily of restaurants in Melbourne and a few shops with Chinese food and other items. We couldn't find temples or fresh markets. After all, there was still a Chinese museum, which was closed at the time of our visit. Verdict: Those who are used to Chinatowns from Singapore or San Francisco will be disappointed in Melbourne. I wouldn't plan a detour here.
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  • Although the local Chinese community is very consistent this area, although it retains some peculiar characteristics, it has no particular merits. I've seen better ones in other Western countries. It's okay if you especially want to eat Chinese/Japanese in the many locals, some even of excellent level
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  • I would highly recommend this place. The whole neighborhood is amazing with so many food shops from almost all asian cuisines. They have Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Japanese restaurants among others. Some of this place is also high rise offices and hence can be costly so you may have to look into it. I would highly recommend coming here
  • Just live everything about it, the culture. The food and the hustle and bustle. I can spend hours here looking at ingredienrs i could use at hone and exploring the vast variety of tastes and types of foods. If you cone to Melbourne. Ya gotta have a feed somewhere in Chinatown its the best
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