Making the choice between wanting a busy, big city life and a laid-back small town life is never easy for working professionals who want to experience living both. 

In a suburb like Parramatta, this choice is unnecessary—this dynamic living is your reality.

In this guide, we’ll give you a quick look at what Parramatta is like. We’ll show you what current residents already enjoy, and what future residents might grow to love. 

Getting around Parramatta

Whether you’re going to work, running errands in government offices, or simply going for a leisurely stroll, Parramatta’s train and bus lines have got you covered.

If you’re thinking about a faster way to get from Parramatta to Sydney CBD, don’t fret! The government’s already way ahead of you, with its recently approved Sydney Metro West project. The project covers building a new line that will connect Parramatta to many more areas, making transportation even easier. 

If you’re not in a rush, biking and walking are also very good options even for commuting to work. 

Food and drinks in Parramatta

Parramatta has a diverse culture. With majority of its population born in Asia, it should come with no surprise that some of the best food to be had in Parramatta are influenced by the Asian taste. 

One must-visit restaurant is Itihaas, an Indian restaurant serving both authentic food and experience. Its top-class chefs will surpass your standards when it comes to Indian food. 

Also along Church Street, you’ll find Pho Pasteur, a family-owned Vietnamese restaurant that serves the best spicy beef noodle soup. On top of all the Pho goodness, the food is also so affordable, you can get a full meal for less than $20.

When you decide to take a break from your culinary adventure, you can opt for a classic steak and wine experience at Chophouse, a Sydney go-to for the best meat. 

Fun activities in Parramatta

When food and drinks aren’t enough to distract you from the busyness of work and life, there are tons of fun activities that you can enjoy in Parramatta. 

A no-expense fun activity is riding your bike along the Parramatta River Cycleway, where you’ll soak in Parramatta’s nature and sights. Along the trail, you might get a glimpse of some parks, like the Parramatta Park.

Not only can you do plenty of activities like playing sports, having picnics, or sightseeing in Parramatta Park—you can also learn more about Parramatta’s history. If you’re lucky, you might catch an event or two while you’re there. 

During the summer, it’s a must to spend a day at Lake Parramatta Reserve with friends and family for a swim, barbecue, or simply to relax. 

Entertainment in Parramatta

Parramatta can also fill your mind with different forms of entertainment. The Riverside Theatres can offer you ballet, musicals, stage plays over a thousand times a year. Watching out for these all year round can keep you more than entertained.

If you’re looking for a more modern type of entertainment or for a general shopping spree, Westfield Parramatta will have your cinemas, game stores, and shops.

You might also want to save some weekends to visit John Macarthur’s Hambledon Cottage Museum or Elizabeth Park for a unique kind of entertainment.  

Living in Parramatta gives you the best of both worlds. This classic yet modern suburb allows you to experience peace amidst the bustle of daily life.

Want to find out more about Parramatta and why locals consider it the Western hub of Sydney? Check out our Area Profile of Parramatta.

Also published on Medium.