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A DAY AND NIGHT GUIDE
PADDINGTON
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By Concrete Playground
October 24, 2018
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By Concrete Playground
October 24, 2018
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With its leafy streets, art galleries, trendy boutiques and vamped-up pubs, Paddington is the inner city capital of all things designer, decadent and delicious.

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.

In partnership with City of Sydney, we’re celebrating what makes Paddington such a vibrant community to live in and visit: its local businesses. It’s been a tough year, and these bars, restaurants, shops and cultural spaces need your patronage more than ever. It’s time to hit the streets, spend consciously, and throw your support behind these local gems.

Flick the switch above, and we’ll dim the lights to show you the best things to do once the sun goes down. You can also explore more inner city suburbs here.

With its leafy streets, art galleries, trendy boutiques and vamped-up pubs, Paddington is the inner city capital of all things designer, decadent and delicious.

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.

In partnership with City of Sydney, we’re celebrating what makes Paddington such a vibrant community to live in and visit: its local businesses. It’s been a tough year, and these bars, restaurants, shops and cultural spaces need your patronage more than ever. It’s time to hit the streets, spend consciously, and throw your support behind these local gems.

Flick the switch above, and we’ll turn on the lights to show you the best things to do pre-6pm. You can also explore more inner city suburbs here.

DID YOU KNOW

Paddington is renowned for its penchant for pubs — 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.

GETTING AROUND

If you’re travelling by public transport, the easiest way to arrive is via Oxford Street on a 380 or 333 bus, which both 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.

DON’T MISS

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.

LOCALS LOVE

To explore local-style, start with a coffee at Alimentari, then wander to Reservoir Gardens, and drop by the beautiful Jardan shop after. Come lunchtime, you have a choice of rooftops, both with cracking views: The Royal and The Light Brigade.

DID YOU KNOW

According to The Independent newspaper, Lucio’s in Paddington is one of the top five restaurants for art in the world — along with Sketch and The 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.

GETTING AROUND

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.

DON’T MISS

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.

LOCALS LOVE

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.

How to do Paddington

Do as the locals do.

Cafes

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.

1. Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore

Grab a cuppa and a good read at this cafe-meets-bookstore.

2. Morris

A second kickass cafe from the Scout's Honour team.

3. Infinity Bakery

Organic breads and French pastries are handmade daily with traditional techniques at this Oxford Street bakery.

4. Paddington Alimentari

An authentic Italian cafe-deli decked with bunches of oregano and hanging prosciutto.

5. Funkis Köket Café

A Scandinavian-inspired cafe serving open-faced sandos, cinnamon buns and pretzel croissants.

Restaurants and Pubs

Whether you're after a craft beer or a gastronomical feast, expect to be surrounded by design — banquettes, pendant lighting and inviting beer gardens.

1. The Paddington

This is the Oxford Street pub like you've never seen it before.

2. The Chicken Shop

The old-school chicken shop gets a spin with The Paddington's roast chooks and fish finger sangas.

3. Daily Greens

A bright, breezy sustainable eatery serving hearty salad bowls and cold-pressed juices.

4. Barbetta

Drop in for cannoli pancakes, a porchetta panini or a pasta making class.

5. Don Pedros

A brightly coloured Mexican joint overflowing with festive deals.

Shops

To shop in Paddington is to take a journey through Australian fashion — from pop-ups run by emerging designers to flagships from leading talents.

1. Poepke

Discover this hidden collection of colourful international fashion pieces.

2. Dinosaur Designs

Resin has never looked so delicious.

3. Jardan Sydney

The Australian furniture maker's first Sydney flagship store has been designed around the shifting colours of the city.

4. Funkis

Fashion, accessories and homewares inspired by Swedish design, plus a cafe out-the-back.

5. Just William Chocolates

Treat yourself to a box of truffles from this family-run chocolatier.

Arts and Culture

Name your artsy desires and you'll find them among Paddington's many cultural spots.

1. Blender Gallery

Where you'll find fine art music photography — from Bowie to Buckley.

2. Paddington Markets

Find original wares by local designers, food stalls and a new growers market for fresh produce.

3. UNSW Galleries

Expect exhibitions based on big ideas and cutting-edge research across art, design, culture, science and tech.

4. Kudos Gallery

A experimental art gallery run by UNSW students.

5. Cooee Art Gallery

Make a visit to Australia's oldest Aboriginal fine art gallery.

More Art

When we say Paddo is known for its art, we really mean it. Here are five more galleries worth adding to your list.

1. Defiance Gallery

This is one of the city's best-known sculpture galleries.

2. Juniper Hall

This heritage-listed Georgian house hosts the annual Moran Prizes in portraiture and photography.

3. Saint Cloche Gallery

Here, you can browse works by emerging and established artists.

4. Piermarq

A contemporary art gallery that aims to take the 'intimidation' out of buying art.

5. Blinq Art

Dress your bedroom wall with a print from this fine art photography gallery.

Shop Online

Can't visit the area soon enough? Get gems from these Paddington-based businesses sent straight to you instead.

1. Collector Store Paddington

Head into this Oxford Street boutique for a range of homewares and gifts.

2. Venroy

Find Aussie-designed, internationally loved swim and leisure wear at this Paddington favourite.

3. Lee Mathews Paddington

This Australian fashion designer's laidback, simple and ethically conscious pieces are staple items in many a Sydneysider's wardrobe.

4. Bag-all Australia

All of the bags for all of the occasions.

5. Jackies Cafe

Find fresh, local produce turned into vibrant dishes with a Japanese twist at this Paddington institution.

How to do Paddington

Do as the locals do.

Restaurants

Paddington's tree-lined streets are a culinary adventure, from truffle egg fettuccine to smoked eel pikelet.

1. Saint Peter

Josh Niland's nose-to-tail seafood restaurant is a must-visit.

2. Buon Ricordo Ristorante

Neopolitan peasant food executed with refinement and delivered via first-class service.

3. Fred's

Hatted farm-to-table dishes made in a stunning Tuscany-inspired kitchen.

4. Love Supreme

Enjoy creative, gourmet pizza in a casual space with an industrial feel.

5. Italian Bar

Pizzas inspired by Sardinian and Tuscan traditions, accompanied by a 100-percent Italian drinks menu.

Bars

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.

1. Charlie Parker's

The cosy basement bar at Fred's with exposed sandstone, seasonal cocktails and killer bar snacks.

2. 10 William Street

This lively Paddington stalwart has a new star chef at its helm.

3. The Wine Library

The sassiest library this side of the Eastern Distributor. If you like wine, you'll love it here.

4. Goodbar

Come for the cocktails and stay for the dance floor dazzling with mirror balls.

5. The Light Brigade Hotel

Woodfired pizzas and cocktails, 83 metres above sea level.

Pubs

Live music, elevated pub fare and local pups — these Paddo watering holes have it all.

1. Paddo RSL

You'll find live music almost every night of the week at this local RSL.

2. The Captain Paddington

Within walking distance of the SCG, this local is a go-to pre- and post-match.

3. The Paddo Inn

Expect casual drinks and burgers in the front bar, and Matt Moran-created grill in the dining room.

4. The Village Inn

Come for the relaxed, Sunday afternoon sessions featuring local musical talent — and local pups.

5. The London Hotel

This upscale pub caters to all — from dog lovers to peking duck lovers.

Shops

Should 6pm roll around before you're ready to drop, despair not. Trading hours are often extended at these beauties.

1. Opus

Where you go for gifts that are so clever they'll probably wink at you.

2. Fish Butchery

Saint Peter's Josh and Julie Niland have opened Australia's first fish butchery.

3. Parlour X

High-end women's fashion housed in a 19th-century church.

4. Paddington Fine Wines

An independently owned, expertly run bottle shop specialising in drops you won't find anywhere else.

5. Sarah & Sebastian

Australian-designed minimalist jewellery that you'll easily fall in love with.

Leisure

When you're not shopping, beer-ing or art-ing, relax on a deck chair in a subterranean park or head to an art deco cinema.

1. Chauvel Cinema

Alternative, arthouse and cult flicks in the former Paddington Town Hall ballroom.

2. Paddington Reservoir Gardens

This sunken park was inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

3. Palace Verona

This multi-storey arthouse cinema screens cult classics.

4. Flow Athletic

Visit for yoga, strength and cardio classes focusing on balance, power and fitness.

5. Berkelouw Paddington

This three-storey bookshop has new releases, secondhand copies and a cafe and wine bar upstairs.

Cp faves

Here are our favourite haunts for when the sun goes down and the streets of Paddington come alive.

1. Tequila Mockingbird

A Paddington terrace filled with tequila and tasty South American morsels.

2. Indian Home Diner

This spot's open late and loved for its Indian kebab with double chicken tikka.

3. The Unicorn

This friendly, unpretentious pub from the Mary’s gang is well-loved for its homegrown beer and wine list.

4. Chubby Cheeks

A fun and punchy Thai eatery on Oxford Street.

5. Come As You Are

This Oxford Street boutique stocks an always-great selection of local and international designers.

Find Your Way Through Paddington

Track down the must-visit local haunts.

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