An eclectic mix of old and new, avant-garde shopping and backstreet pubs, Paddington is fashionable from start to finish. Only minutes to the city, this leafy location skips to it’s own upmarket beat with an abundance of captivating boutiques and exciting eateries, all competing for attention along it’s famed thoroughfare, Oxford Street.
Paddington was part of Sydney’s first European settlement in the early 1800’s, and with it’s network of narrow streets, tall Victorian terraces and cute worker cottages, it still pays tribute to it’s colourful past, today.
The streets of this inner city village, are lined with an array of amazing shops that feature everything from antique dealers to jewellery retailers, homeware stores to edgy fashion designers, and more.
Head to The Intersection if you love designer brands like Sass and Bide, Kate Sylvester and Willow, or seek out some vintage finds and handmade crafts and vintage garments at the Paddington Markets.
Eating out is a pleasing past-time for Paddington locals. Here you can kick back with with a coffee at cozy cafes, savour enticing European flavours at fine dining establishments, or grab a quick tasty bite, from a takeaway stall.
It’s always worth stopping by the Five Ways intersection whenever in Paddington. Head away from Oxford Street into the heart of the suburb, and you’ll uncover a delightful cluster of cafes and bars, serving fine wines and craft beers, in enchanting Victorian style terraces and heritage buildings.
When it comes to stocking up the fridge, Paddington provides a good selection of fresh grocers and gourmet deli’s. For a more substantial shop, visit nearby Bondi Junction, where the grandiose Westfield shopping precinct, will caters for your every need.
You’ll find no shortage of buses in Paddington. It’s super easy to get straight into the city, or if you need to escape the urban environment, they’ll also transport you directly to the sparkling waters of Bondi or Bronte beach.
Paddington is a place that attracts professionals of all ages. You’ll find an abundance of suits, creative types, and established couples, all loving the vibrant buzz of this contemporary neighbourhood.
Both peaceful pockets and bustling public spaces can be found in vibrant Paddington.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens is an award-winning heritage-listed venue, completely transformed from its former duties. It combines greenery and water features with reclaimed architecture to create a breathtaking and unique urban green space. The immaculate gardens and wide boardwalks provide refreshing places to sit and reflect, whilst the free Wi-Fi makes your virtual office, literally an oasis.
The Royal Hospital for Women Park is another local spot that provides a broad village green, shady areas, and the novelty of a suspended egg chair. Whilst the smaller Cambridge Street and Dillon Street parks, also offer playground areas and quiet benches.
Only a 10 minute drive from Paddington, is Moore Park - an expansive recreational precinct that’s home to major sports stadiums, entertainment venues, dining and shopping, and expansive parklands.
As well as enjoying roller-blading, bike riding, horseriding or a picnics, here, you can also play golf or tennis, frequent the many events at Allianz Stadium (such as the NRL Final Series or Moonlight Cinema), or watch sporting legends hit it out at the Sydney Cricket Ground (aka SCG), which also doubles as the venue for Aussie Rules Football.
For an exciting array of entertainment, shopping and family fun, drop by the Entertainment Quarter, next to Fox Studios. A must-visit place all year round where you can enjoy a meal, grab a drink, or browse the weekly markets for fresh produce.
Nearby Centennial Parklands is also a popular green oasis for eastern suburb residents. This majestic park, features tranquil lakes, formal gardens and a colourful range of native flora and fauna, all within it’s beautiful manicured grounds.
Cafes & Restaurants
Paddington provides a gastronomic smorgasbord of dining choices for all budgets and tastes.
Indulge in fine French cuisine at Guillaume restaurant, or spice up your evening with Southeast Asian cuisine at Eat Thai, or one of the many charming spots at Five Ways.
If you’re craving great pasta, head to 10 William Street for fast, tasty Italian food, or something more traditional, enjoy a hearty meal at Four in Hand Dining Room or The Lord Dudley Hotel.
When it comes to cafes in Paddington, boutique is the best. Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore serves hearty breakfasts and cafe bites in a book-lined venue with a living room vibe and laneway seating.
Mickey offers a cosy hangout with booth seats, offering creative thickshakes, simple Italian dishes and burgers.
The Sonoma bakery/cafe selling gourmet pastries, breads and sandwiches, plus brekkie and coffee blends. And the Boynton cafe with it’s all day breakfast and tropical decor, will make you feel like you’re on vacation any day of the week.
Our Favourite Spots
- Tiger Mottle
- Berkelouw Books
- Royal Hotel