The section of the city centre south from Liverpool Street down to Central Station is known as Haymarket, a lively area that’s effectively a downmarket southern extension of the CBD. Between Town Hall and Central Station, George Street shifts gear as businesspeople and shoppers give way to backpackers, who jam the area’s abundant hostels, and students from the University of Technology. It’s also a markedly East Asian area with its own distinct Chinatown, a growing Koreatown and plenty of food courts.
The short stretch between the Town Hall and Liverpool Street is for the most part teenage territory, a frenetic zone of multiscreen cinemas, pinball halls and fast-food joints, though the Metro Theatre is one of Sydney’s best live-music venues. The stretch is trouble-prone on Friday and Saturday nights when there are more pleasant places to catch a film. Things change pace at Liverpool Street, where Sydney’s Spanish Corner is gradually being taken over by Korean restaurants.