Spice Alley

Graffiti sign for Spice Alley, Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia.

One of the best things about visiting the city is discovering new places.  I love how each neighbourhood has its own personality and with that a unique set of eateries, shops and inhabitants.

When I was in Sydney last week, I walked down a street in the suburb of Chippendale and then followed a series of signs painted on the ground pointing me in the direction of a place called Spice Alley…

I found myself in a world that felt miles away from the tall office and apartment blocks surrounding me.  I was in a narrow alleyway full of Chinese lanterns, graffiti art, bamboo plants, tables and chairs and a dozen or so tiny eateries.  They sold everything from Japanese to Malaysian and the smell of stir fried vegetables and broth filled bowls of noodles lingered in the air.

Spice Alley, Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia.

Graffiti artwork of geisha in Spice Alley, Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia.

After meandering through the lane in its entirety I settled on a Thai restaurant opting for a big plate of pad-thai.  I found a table, got out my book and feasted on my food while sneaking glances at those around me.  Office workers quickly scoffed down their meals, while tourists, like myself, had secret little smiles on their faces enjoying the atmosphere in this quirky little enclave.

Pad-thai from a vendor in Spice Alley, Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia.

A vendor in Spice Alley, Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia.

It was mid-afternoon, mid-week when I stumbled across Spice Alley, but I can imagine over the weekend or even of a night time it must be a bustling place, full of delicious aromas.

Graffiti sign for Spice Alley, Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia.

Nearby are a number of restaurants  – a little more upmarket than the street food style vendors in the alley. Some of them are housed in 18th century townhouses and look ever so lovely from the outside.

Kensington Street, Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia.

Kensington Street, Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia.

Kensington Street, Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia.

Spice Alley felt like a serendipitous find during my trip to Sydney- I’m only disappointed I didn’t stumble on it sooner… so I had the chance to sample a few more dishes! I think I’ll definitely be a return visitor next time I’m in the city.

For directions and what’s on the menu – see here.

Have a wonderful week. x

 

 

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