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For decades, Paddington has been a magnet for artists, designers and fashion addicts. A day spent here is a day spent immersed in beautiful creations — from contemporary sculptures and handcrafted hats to handmade pasta and artisanal chocolates. In between browsing and sampling, stop by a local pub for a craft brew or roll out a picnic blanket in a peaceful park.
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When evening falls, you can nearly always count on an art exhibition opening down some secretive laneway or in some rambling terrace. After that, there are cosy wine bars to visit, big-hearted Italian restaurants to dine in, late-night bookshops to explore, acoustic sessions to kick back to and alternative cinemas to relax in.
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Paddington is renowned for its penchant for pubs — there are 16 — and galleries, of which there are more than 15. Legendary Australian artist Margaret Olley lived and worked here (at 48 Duxford Street) and, following her death in 2011, her house was recreated at the Tweed Regional Gallery near her birthplace.
If you’re travelling by public transport, the easiest way to arrive is via Oxford Street on a 380 or 333 bus, which run between Circular Quay and Bondi Beach. The 389 bus is handy, too, as it passes through The Intersection on its journey from North Bondi to Pyrmont. Once you’re in situ, on foot is best.
Lingering over a good book with a good coffee is one of life’s finest pleasures and you can do so at Ampersand. Add a dose of art at a top-notch gallery, such as Blender or UNSW Galleries, before relaxing over a glass of the house sparkling at The Unicorn.
According to The Independent newspaper, Lucio’s in Paddington is one of the top five restaurants for art in the world — along with Sketches and Ivy in London and the Four Seasons in New York City. While dining on expertly-prepared Italian dishes, you can gaze at artworks by John Olsen, John Coburn and numerous other Australian legends.
If you’re travelling by public transport, the easiest way to arrive is via Oxford Street, on a 380 or 333 bus, which runs between Circular Quay and Bondi Beach. The 389 bus is handy, too, as it passes through The Intersection on its journey from North Bondi to Pyrmont. Once you’re in situ, on foot is best.
Fashion lovers shouldn’t leave Paddington without paying a visit to Parlour X‘s world-class designer collection, while foodies must order the truffle egg fettuccine at Buon Ricordo, check out the breathtakingly beautiful kitchen at Fred’s and sample every part of a fish at Saint Peter.
As is obvious from the queues, locals are pretty obsessed – and understandably so – with 10 William Street‘s wines and Italian dishes. You’ll also find them crowding into The Paddington for a drink, perusing the shelves at Berkelouw Books and catching cult flicks at the historic Chauvel Cinema.
Paddington's cafes are laidback, light-filled and splashed with greenery. Stop at one of these five to start the day with a guaranteed good cup of coffee.
Whether you're after a craft beer or a gastronomical feast, expect to be surrounded by design — banquettes, pendant lighting and inviting beer gardens.
To shop in Paddington is to take a journey through Australian fashion — from pop-ups run by emerging designers to flagships from leading talents.
Figurative sculpture, abstract paintings, world-renowned music photography — name your artsy desires and you'll find them among Paddington's many cultural spots.
When you're not shopping, beer-ing or art-ing, take five on a deck chair in a subterranean park or head to an art deco cinema.
We asked, you answered. These are the spots you love to frequent in Paddo during the daylight hours — from the cafe to the pub.
Paddington's tree-lined streets are a culinary adventure, from truffle egg fettuccine to smoked eel pikelet.
Whether you're looking for a good wine and a quiet chat or an all-night party, there's a bar for you in Paddington.
Acoustic sessions, rock gigs, open mics and piano singalongs are regular happenings on the Paddington live music calendar.
Should six o'clock roll around before you're ready to drop, despair not. Trading hours are often extended at these five little beauties.
Start with an art exhibition opening, move onto a book shop and finish with an alternative film and a glass of wine (at the same time).
We asked, you answered. Here are your favourite haunts for when the sun goes down and the streets of Paddington come alive.
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