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HOT: Din Tai Fung, World Square Level 1, Shop 11.04, 644 George St, Sydney


  • kid-friendly standard menu;
  • pram access;
  • high chairs; and
  • toddler tableware.

We often find that Chinese restaurants are a great place to take kids and one of the most kid-friendly places we've encountered is Din Tai Fung in Sydney.

Din Tai Fung specialise in xiao long bao, those juicy, soupy morsels of deliciousness. While it is a Taiwanese international chain their rigorous quality control means that they are some of the best dumplings that I've had – and I've tried them in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney.

While I don't necessarily advise that you introduce kids to these burn-your-mouth-if-you're-not-careful dumplings unless they are definitely able to follow instructions, there is lots more on the menu that is kid-friendly. Mostly it's steamers or plates of finger food and bowls of noodles or rice that can be shared between adults and kids. For dessert Lady AB liked the black sesame ice-cream!

There are other features that make this restaurant kid-friendly. The George Street branch is huge so there's plenty of room for manoeuvring prams and nappy bags and toddlers. They provide plenty of high chairs and will, without prompting, bring out kid-friendly tableware – a plastic divider plate and plastic cup from which your little ones can sup.

Kids will also enjoy watching the dumpling makers at work – every dumpling pastry is hand made to weighed  and stuffed with expert hands. The food is made fresh in front of your eyes and dishes come out very quickly. You can be in and out in 30 minutes with a very full stomach (they are open family-friendly hours too).

Din Tai Fung is a regular pit stop for us any time we're in Sydney, where else do you recommend eating in the centre of town for families?

If you fancy eating dumplings at home then try the range from Chan's Yum Cha at Home.

Din Tai Fung, Level 1, Shop 11.04,  644 George St, Sydney +61 2 9264 6010

Mon-Fri: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Sat & Sun: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Mon-Wed: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Thu-Sat: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm


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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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