Shopping in Paddington

There's no cooler place to shop in Sydney than Paddington. Find the best of Sydney's boutique shopping scene, art galleries, tailors, shoemakers and milliners in this inner-city neighbourhood. Rows of pretty Victorian terraces now house Sydney's emerging and established fashion scene.

  • Paddington Inn, Oxford Street
  • Jacarandas, Paddington

About Paddington

A stylish and eclectic mix of grand Victorian era terraces, modernised cottages, bustling pubs and avant-garde shopping experiences, Paddington is a rich testament to Sydney’s past and present. Now famous for its fashionable retail, the area also offers an abundant row of cosy Oxford Street eateries as well as a numerous selection of backstreet pubs.

Home to a wide selection of designer boutiques retailing fashion, jewellery and homewares; a wander through the streets of Paddington reveals all manner of classic silhouettes and cutting edge designs. Find staple labels of the Australian and international fashion scenes, including Dinosaur Designs and Zimmerman. You can also discover pieces created by up and coming designers amongst the stalls of the Paddington Markets.

From popular takeaway spots to upmarket restaurants, Paddington also offers a variety of dining choices to suit most budgets and tastes. Enjoy a taste of French cuisine during an evening of fine dining at Guillaume or tantalise your tastebuds with the flavours of Southeast Asia at Eat Thai at Five Ways. Please your palate with a serving of rich Italian fare at 10 William Street or settle in for a hearty bistro-style meal at Four in Hand Dining Room. An institution since the 1970s, Arthur’s Pizza also offers a range of traditional and gourmet pizza. Stop by Five Ways Paddington, situated in the heart of the suburb, to discover cafes and bars operating in Victorian style terraces and heritage buildings. Make your way to one of the many historic pubs and laid back bars scattered throughout the area to enjoy classic cocktails, fine wines and craft beers.

Make your way to the nearby Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium to see local and international teams battle for competition points and bragging rights in sports such as cricket, rugby and AFL or settle in for a dinner accompanied by dance, song and magic tricks at The Magician's Cabaret theatre restaurant.

You can also wile away the afternoon within the grounds of Paddington Reservoir Gardens and see how the thoughtful blend of historic and contemporary elements have shaped the most recent incarnation of the space.

Only a 10 minute drive from Paddington, Moore Park houses great entertainment options and plenty of dining destinations, including Bavarian Bier Cafe’s smorgasboard of German dishes, PJ Gallaghers’ pub favourites and Kenzi Sake Bar’s unique take on Japanese fusion food. Further east, approximately 15 minutes away by car, the iconic suburb of Bondi is home to golden sands, sparkling waters and a strip of sun-drenched eateries.

  • Paddington Markets


    Peruse the collection of shops that line Paddington’s streets, including antique dealers, jewellery retailers, homeware emporiums and more. Head to The Intersection to shop for designer and luxury labels, including Sass and Bide, Kate Sylvester and Willow. Find edgy designs, handmade crafts and vintage garments at the Paddington Markets.

  • Chauvel cinema, Paddington

    Arts and Culture

    Visit the suburb’s art galleries to see exhibitions filled with the works of local and international artists. Spend an afternoon browsing the shelves of Ariel Books and Berkelouw Books for modern novels and classic reads. Stop by the Chauvel Cinema, found in the historic Paddington Town Hall, to see a mix of independent and international film releases.

  • Tapenade, Paddington

    Food and Wine

    Laze in the afternoon sun with a coffee at one of Paddington’s cozy cafes. Savour fine European flavours and expertly-prepared fresh produce during an evening of fine dining or grab a quick bite to eat from a local takeaway eatery. Head to The Lord Dudley Hotel or the Four in Hand Hotel to delight your tastebuds with a hearty bistro meal or enjoy a drink with friends.


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