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A DAY AND NIGHT GUIDE
PADDINGTON
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By Jasmine Crittenden
October 24, 2018
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By Jasmine Crittenden
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.

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.

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 — 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.

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 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 dropping by the new, 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 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.

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. Morris

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

2. Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore

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

3. Jackies Cafe

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

4. Infinity Bakery

Organic breads and French pastries are handmade daily with traditional techniques at this cafe-bakery.

5. Paddington Alimentari

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

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 Unicorn

This friendly, unpretentious pub from the Mary’s gang is well-loved for its 100% homegrown beer and wine list.

2. The Paddo Inn

Casual drinks and burgers in the front bar; Matt Moran-created grill in the dining room.

3. Chubby Cheeks

A fun and punchy Thai eatery on Oxford Street.

4. The Light Brigade Hotel

Wood-fired pizzas and cocktails, 83 metres above sea level.

5. Bellevue

A lively little pub located in the leafy back streets of Paddington.

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. Jardan Sydney

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

2. Victor Churchill

A luxury butcher established in 1876.

3. Poepke

Discover this hidden collection of colourful local and international fashion.

4. Venroy

Perfect for summer shopping, find Aussie-designed, internationally loved swim and leisure wear at this Paddington favourite.

5. Funkis

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

Arts and Culture

Figurative sculpture, abstract paintings, world-renowned music photography — name your artsy desires and you'll find them among Paddington's many cultural spots.

1. Blender Gallery

Featuring iconic fine art music photography — from Bowie to Buckley.

2. Paddington Markets

Find original wares by local designers and makers, international food stalls and live music.

3. Juniper Hall

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

4. Kudos Gallery

A brave, experimental art gallery run by UNSW Art and Design students.

5. UNSW Galleries

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

Leisure

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.

1. Paddington Reservoir Gardens

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

2. Flow Athletic

Yoga, strength and cardio classes for balance, power and fitness.

3. Trumper Park

Get lost on a bushwalk without leaving the city — or organise a cricket match at the oval.

4. Royal Hospital for Women Park

Relax solo in an egg swing with a good book or take mates and a picnic at this neighbourhood park.

5. Palace Verona

Alternative, arthouse and cult flicks on Oxford Street.

Locals Love

We asked, you answered. These are the spots you love to frequent in Paddo during the daylight hours — from the cafe to the pub.

1. Flat White Cafe

Serving locals breakfast, brunch and lunch for over ten years in the heart of the eastern suburbs.

2. Chiswick

The grass is always greener on the other side, especially from inside Aria chef Matt Moran's glasshouse-inspired space.

3. South Dowling Sandwiches

Where locals can lunch every day and never get bored (or go broke).

4. Micky's Cafe

Good clean fun since 1988 — go for the thickshakes, cheesecake or cheesecake in thickshakes.

5. The London Hotel

This upscale pub caters to all. Everyone from dog lovers to dumpling lovers.

How to do Paddington

Do as the locals do.

Restaurants and Pubs

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

1. Saint Peter

Paddington's nose-to-tail seafood restaurant.

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. The Paddington

Roast chook, parmesan custard and a cocktail bar — this is the Oxford Street pub like you've never seen it before.

5. Love Supreme

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

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

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. Get in early.

4. Goodbar

Come for the cocktails and stay for the dance floor, dazzling with mirror balls and exempt from lockout laws.

5. Italian Bar

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

Live Music

Acoustic sessions, rock gigs, open mics and piano singalongs are regular happenings on the Paddington live music calendar.

1. The Unicorn

This friendly, unpretentious pub from the Mary’s gang is well-loved for its 100% homegrown beer and wine list.

2. The Village Inn

Come for the relaxed, Sunday afternoon acoustic sessions featuring local talent, stay for the well-thought-out pub fare.

3. The Oxford Hotel

From mellow solo acts and laid back duos to live bands and DJs.

4. Paddo RSL

You'll find open mics on Wednesday evenings and acoustic sessions on Saturday nights at this local RSL.

5. Captain Cook Hotel

Indie acts and interstate touring bands, Thursday through to Sunday.

Shops

Should six o'clock roll around before you're ready to drop, despair not. Trading hours are often extended at these five little 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 to easily fall in love with.

Arts and Culture

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).

1. Chauvel Cinema

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

2. Berkelouw Paddington

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

3. Blender Gallery

Featuring iconic fine art music photography — from Bowie to Buckley.

4. Saint Cloche Gallery

Fortnightly exhibition openings featuring works by emerging and established artists.

5. Lucio's Italian Restaurant

Excellent Italian fare in a terrace dotted with legendary Australian artworks.

Locals Love

We asked, you answered. Here are your 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. The Lord Dudley Hotel

The Lord Dudley Hotel is a slice of Old Blighty, a mock Tudor-like building complete with a creeping vine-covered exterior.

3. Bar M (Formerly Bar Machiavelli)

A massive Italian eatery from the CBD establishment Machiavelli Ristorante.

4. Indian Home Diner

Open late and loved for its Indian kebab with double chicken tikka.

5. The Royal Hotel

Rise to the top of this Five Ways pub for incredible views over the city.

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