Maintaining a true “village” vibe, Paddington is a quiet and trendy suburb that is home to some of the most important fashion stores in the city of Sydney. From designer labels like Gorman, Charlie Brown and Alannah Hill, to some of the more eclectic side streets and treasure troves, treat yourself to the perfect pleasures of Paddington.
Established by ex-convict Robert Cooper, the suburb of Paddington has always had a pronounced presence. On the main street stands Paddington Town Hall and Cooper’s original massive estate, Juniper Hall, a physical representation of big things to come. Outside of the historical sites, Paddington is home to some of the most recognised fashion labels in the world. It also has a great sampling of boutiques, cafes and some of the best local artisans showcasing their pieces at the weekly Paddington markets.
“Paddo” is Sydney’s fashion capital and the place to head to find some of the city’s trendiest frocks. As you amble down the main strip, you’ll be sure to spot some of the big label flagship stores, including Alannah Hill, Gorman, Ginger and Smart – just to name a few. Meanwhile, younger hipsters can find their favourite pieces at G-Star, Puma and American Apparel or totter along in fashion forward footwear from Peep Toe Shoes. On Saturdays, locals flock to the Paddington markets for some great finds that have been crafted by local artists.
There are a number of select dining options along the main strip of Paddington, including great Italian at Lucio’s or tasty tapas and samplers from Tapenade. There are, of course, a medley of cute cafes and coffee spots. Meanwhile, the locals tend to burrow themselves away at Ampersand, a delightful second hand bookstore that whips up a mean espresso.
During the day, you’ll want to catch some rays with a leisurely stroll or picnic in nearby Centennial Park. Paddington is home to some of the most unique cinematic experiences in Sydney with both the Verona and the Palace Cinemas showcasing some of the best independent films. For a great night on the town, there’s always something on at the Grand Pacific Blue Room and Ruby Rabbit, or head to The Fringe Bar where the locals are out on the prowl.
Paddington’s main strip is located on Oxford Street just past Centennial Park. It’s about a 20 minute walk from Kings Cross station. Buses running from the city towards the Eastern suburbs are a great option when it comes to public transport.