Blacktown is a vibrant, multicultural suburb in Greater Western Sydney, about 34 kms west of the Sydney CBD.
It is a very large suburb. Surprisingly, Blacktown City Council is the most populous local government area in NSW. Indeed, it has a larger population than Canberra, Australian’s capital city.
Blacktown is a wonderful melting pot of different cultures, demographics and eateries. The suburb contains a diverse mix of residents who speak dozens of languages, drawn from all corners of world.
Whilst Blacktown Westpoint shopping centre offers mainstream brands in a clean and neat environment, the real joy of Blacktown is to be found in the busy hubbub of specialist stores on Main Street.
Here you will find a kaleidoscopic mix of Afghani street food, Filipino BBQ, Turkish desserts, Sudanese groceries and halal meat.
Read on for some of our favourite places to visit when visiting this bustling, chaotic suburb of modern Sydney.
Eating out in Blacktown
Gursha Ethopian Restaurant on Main Street is a local treasure. Try the fantastic and authentic injera (Ethopian flatbread) with delicious vegetarian dishes. Otherwise, we recommend the stir fries and tender meats (we love the Kitfo Special) in this small and intimate venue. Finish it off with a rich Ethopian coffee.
El Jannah – There is a Blacktown franchise of the popular Lebanese charcoal chicken chain. Meanwhile, Kebab Express on Sunnyholt Road provides pizza, pide, kebabs and adana with good reviews. If you love Middle Eastern food check out our round up of the best in Sydney.
Sun’s Burmese Kitchen has a delicious selection of traditional Myanmar dishes. Based on Tulloch Street, it’s renowned for its traditional noodle soups (try the Kyay-O and Ohn-No Khaukswe). In particular, its signature dish of ‘Sun’s Chicket Danbauk’, a Burmese adaption of an Indian Biryani, gets rave reviews.
If you’re looking for a North Indian Punjabi ‘Dhaba’ experience try, Mitran Da Dhaba on Third Avenue. It delivers well on its mission to deliver simple, authentic, home-made, everyday Punjabi street food. It’s tasty and economical.
Pho Oanh on First Avenue, specialises in Beef Pho noodle soup and other authentic Vietnamese dishes. The menu is limited, but the flavours are not. This Vietnamese restaurant concentrates on making a few dishes very well.
The Grounds Keeper Cafe is an interesting choice. Found in the spacious Francis Park inside Blacktown Showgrounds it is certainly located in a picturesque spot. Head chef, Sam Hayak, draws inspiration from his Lebanese background to serve a uniquely Middle Eastern fusion menu. If you’re there for breakfast, you must try the Shakshouka clay pot and the Hummus Awarma.
BlackBear BBQ of Forge St is open six days a week for breakfast and lunch. However, it really comes alive for its legendary Friday night events. Why not make a night of it with great BBQ food and live music in a quirky industrial estate (trust us, it works)?
If you love your bbq you should also consider Angel’s Filipino Barbeque on Main Street. Here you’ll find Filipino-style pork, Pancit Gisadong Bihon, Pork Chicken Sisig, Sinigang, Chicken Inasal and a regular clientele from the local Filipino community (always a good sign of authenticity). The dishes are well priced and the portions are large. Not surprisingly, it comes highly recommended.
Finally, Volcanoes Steakhouse is where to go if you like your meat red and rare – or even well done. Volcanoes Blacktown is a great place to drop in for a meal before heading off to the movies. And if you don’t fancy a steak, give their ribs or burgers a try.
Blacktown Asian Food Market
Serving Blacktown and the greater Sydney community since 1993, Blacktown Asian Food Market has been a favourite shopping destination for local families and businesses.
Known for low prices across the entire range, it has been a Blacktown institution for a number of years (changing owners in December 2015).
“We want to continue the business model which has made our store so popular throughout the years by providing the best products at the lowest price possible“, states new owner. Danny Yoon. So it’s understandable that many customers come from all over NSW to shop in the store.
Located only 200m from Blacktown Station, the Asian Food Market is a quick stroll from public transport. The store at 1 George St, Blacktown NSW 2148 has Asian Supermarket, Seafood Market and Butcher all in one convenient location.
Furthermore, the store has the biggest fish market in Blacktown. It provides a huge range of fresh and frozen seafood with the produce sourced directly from the Sydney Fish Markets daily.
The Asian Grocery supplies the most popular Asian products from all over Asia and Australia. You can find foodstuffs from India, Fiji, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam as well as locally sourced Australian produces.
When shopping at Blacktown Asian Food Market, you are buying the best and freshest vegetables around. The Asian vegetables are sourced directly from a local partnering farm, and fruit and vegetables from Flemington markets daily.
Together with farm fresh vegetables and a butcher run under new management, the Blacktown Asian Food Market is a one stop shop for all Asian grocery needs.
An Asian alcohol section has recently been added to the store, providing Blacktown locals with a diverse range of alcohol from all over Asia such as Soju, Beer, Spirits and Cider.
Current alcohol stock includes:
– Soju – Chamisul (original, grape, grapefruit)
Chum-Churum (original, grape, peach,apple, citron) ,
Soonhan Charm (blueberry, citron, grapefruit)
Moonbaeju, Gyeongju Beopju, Chungha, Hwarang, Daejangbu
– Makkoli – Guksoondang (original, peach, banana)
Woori sool (chestnut, hulled millet, bracken root)
Kyongju (original, grape)
– Korean wine/spirits – Bohae raspberry wine, Sansachoon, Machsoon plum wine, Baekseju
– Sake – Otokoyama Junmai, Snow Beauty, Sayuri, Hana-Kohaku, Tokusen Junmai
– Beer – Hite, Max, Kloud, Sapporo
– Chinese Spirit – Red Star