Our Favourite Sydney Haunts to Get Our Japanese Fix
One of our favourite things to do as a family with a free afternoon in Sydney, is wander the streets pretending we are in Tokyo, searching for our favourite Japanese treats… and it always starts with a visit to the book shop of all book shops.
Level 2 The Galeries 500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
This book store is a readers paradise with each section being as big as the average regional bookstore. It’s a series of rooms filled with goodies such as translated Japanese Manga, an extensive cook book section, interior and fashion design texts and Japanese magazines with all those adorable free gifts attached. We never fail to leave this place without all of our arms full of books and treasures.
If you have time while you are visiting and the line is not too long, make sure to stop at the cafe attached. It is an outlet of the Black Star Bakery and serves the most delicious watermelon cake… Best tried with your favourite caffeinated beverage.
Once you are loaded up with books and a stomach full of watermelon cake, head down to the lowest level of the Galeries building.
RLG12/500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Miniso is the perfect little taste of shopping in Tokyo. It has lifestyle and beauty products that are packed with the kawaii factor. Best of all, it’s also affordable which drives the teenage girls crazy as they randomly pick up adorable goodness that won’t break the bank.
Source: Miniso Australia
On our walk around the city streets this last time we happened upon another version of these Japanese stores...
630 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Not far from Miniso, Mumu Life is another perfect stop while on the way to buying the most delicious cheesecake in human history...
501 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Worth the line up for this wobbly but not too sweet Japanese goodness. Both of our girls have become obsessed with this style of cheesecake after our trips to Japan. It is a unique type of cheesecake, soft and fluffy like a cloud but nearly bordering on a savoury treat with its egg like flavour. It is so popular that people line up down the street to get into the store to purchase them. Don’t be afraid of the line, the store is very organised and quick to process customers. They even say goodbye in Japanese. Just hearing “arigato gozaimasu” warms my heart as I pick up my delicious bag of treats to leave.
After you have lined up for your Japanese cheesecake, head to the local Japanese Grocery store to pick up your favourite beverages to go alongside.
537-539 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
We particularly love the peach infused water or the yogurt based soft drink called “Calpis”. It is an unusual name but worth try I promise! No matter which of the perfectly packaged soft drinks you choose, they will blow your whole idea of what a soft drink can be. I had never had a taste for soft drinks until our first trip to Japan…
After a quick stop off at the super market head down to China Town to a store my eldest daughter has been stalking on the internet due to its range of Kpop merchandise.
68-70 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Totoro dolls, make up, stationary and Kpop merchandise. This store has lots of small rooms filled with all sort of goodies. The teenagers leave content after blowing their pocket money on some of their favourite things ever!
After a full afternoon of wandering the streets, tasing some goodies and cruising the shop isles, you can end your Japanese adventure at one of our favourite Japanese Style Pubs.
1/14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000
This Japanese izakaya style restaurant is a great place to have afternoon snack or a delicious shared style meal. The cheeseburger gyoza and foot long fries are a teenagers perfect meal. They also have their own brewed Japanese Craft Beer for Mum and Dad. My favourite part about this restaurant other than the food, is the service button on the table you can press when you need any extra food and drinks. Perfect for a long, relaxed meal.