Access: Central Station, Devonshire Street Tunnel, Map
Fuel Stop: everywhere as this is a Foodies tour. Loving Asian food helps on this tour.
Duration: Walk about 30 minutes from Central, eat as long as you like
Note: This is something you can do on your first or last day in Sydney, to ease you in/out
Coming by bus or Train walk through the Devonshire Street Tunnel (if you’re coming from the South, get off at the very rear of the train and take stairs down, turn left and then right through the gates, and right again after the newsagent; coming from the City get off at the very front of the train, down the stairs, then left and through the gates, right again). Walk the tunnel and listen to the busker tunes until you come out at the end where the sign to the Buses points to the left, near the Basement Book store, up the escalator just past the hairdresser. Keep walking in that direction, past the Mercure Hotel, and the pub, cross Regent Street. Before you hit the “green” building, turn left into a little laneway that is almost too obscure to see from Broadway – Kensington Street. Explore the left hand side of the laneway. It has some Chinese lanterns but blink and you miss it. Refer to the map above.
This is a cashless food court of Asian delights. If you don’t have a tap and go credit card, you can buy one at the entrance to the food court. Enjoy some well priced Asian food and leave some space for coffee and churros.
After having sampled some goodies, come out where you came from and head straight through the driveway of the neighbouring building, or continue along Broadway to the “green” building, which is called One CentralPark. Behind it is – CentralPark. If you enter the building from Broadway, take the escalator downstairs and go past Woolworths and find Coco Cubano on the right hand side. If you come from the park end, walk down the large stairs and it’ll be on the left.
Coco Cubano is full of (fake?) Cuban artifacts and has a delicious menu (calorie alert). The Churros for One are my favourite, along with a Cuban coffee that comes with a sugar cane on top to suck the sugar into the coffee.
The alternative to the the Spice Alley food court is the Din Tai Fung dumpling restaurant on Level 2 (up two escalators from the main lobby) of the CentralPark building, which is also highly recommended for dumplings.
Read more fun facts about CentralPark.