ellaslist Checks Out The New and Improved Market City

  • Family

By Hayley Dean, ellaslist

It’s not very often that I stumble across new kid-friendly dining precincts ahead of the crowd but today I did just that, and this dining precinct comes with a Maze!

Market City’s 1909 Dining Precinct is now open.  Paying homage to Market City’s roots, the precinct’s name reflects the year (1909) the heritage red-brick façade was originally erected to house Sydney’s first fruit and vegetable market. 1909 also translates to ‘MC-MIX’ in roman numerals, reflecting the true Market City (MC) mix of diverse and authentic restaurants that will be lucky enough to call 1909 Dining Precinct home.

The 1909 Dining Precinct is a beautiful work in progress. There are currently 2 restaurants open in the precinct; Mr Meng Chongqing Gourmet and YAYOI Japanese Restaurant – with 5 other international and local dining concepts expected due to open over the new few months.

We had a lovely lunch with our 2 boys at YAYOI, which is known for its Teishoku meals, where a group of dishes are served all together, consisting of a soup, main meal and 2 side dishes. The restaurant has plenty of high chairs for little ones and at the time that we arrived there was sufficient space for pram parking next to our table. My partner and I ordered 2 of YAYOI’s signature dishes, the Wagyu Beef Sukiyaki and the Unagi Eel Hitsumabushi and we ordered kid’s meal for each of the kids. I am very pleased to report that the food was as delicious as it looked – there were no leftovers at our table!

Pro-tip: If you’re thinking of visiting 1909 Dining Precinct for dinner, Market City are currently offering free parking if you enter the car park after 6pm and exit before 1:30am. All you need to do is validate your parking at any 1909 Dining Precinct restaurant on level 3 before you leave.

After we finished our meal at YAYOI we spend some time wandering around Market City and stumbled across a giant Maze down on the Ground Floor of Market City. The maze is open throughout March and April on weekends, public holidays and school holidays (further details below). The maze is wheelchair and pram friendly. The maze is made from recycled boards, measuring approximately 1.5m high (this height is handy as it allows you watch your kids from the perimeter of the maze). The walls of the maze contain mini-games which our boys really enjoyed. In fact, our boys enjoyed the maze so much that we ended up completing the maze 3 times over. 

Right next to the maze is the kids workshop, which is open on weekends and school holidays from 12pm – 3pm. The kids workshop has an Easter bunny colouring station, and Easter Egg maze sheet and origami bunny making.

Pro-tip: If you are thinking of visiting the maze and kid’s workshop this Easter Long Weekend, the Easter Bunny will be visiting on Saturday (31 March) and Sunday (1 April) between 11am and 3pm.

Opening times for the maze are as follows:

Easter Maze (complete with inflatable white bunny and flowers)

  • Sat 24th March 9am – 4pm
  • Sun 25th March 11am – 4pm
  • Fri 30th March - Mon 2nd April 11am - 4pm
  • Sat 7th April - Sun 8th April  11am - 4pm

Wonderland Maze (inflatable cat and mushroom characters)

  • Saturday April 14 – Sun 29 April    11am – 4pm





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