Shopping in Paddington
Discover some of Australia's most innovative and creative designs in Paddington. From well-known designers at The Intersection and in William Street to young designers at the famous Paddington Markets on Saturdays, this charming neighbourhood in Sydney's east is perfect retail therapy.
Designers, boutiques and markets
Paddington is a delight for shopping with boutiques in beautifully restored 19th century terraces. Sophisticated and creative, the neighbourhood is home to cutting-edge designs and bespoke artisans. Known to locals as Paddo, the main thoroughfare is Oxford Street, where you'll find many inviting shops and Sydney's longest-running community markets.
Paddington Markets began in 1973 in the heritage-listed sandstone Paddington Uniting Church, completed in 1877, and has always been a place for artists and designers to mingle and sell their wares. Over the years, it's provided a platform for creators, such as Lisa Ho and Dinosaur Designs, to create a buzz around their works.
On Saturday mornings, shoppers from all over Sydney come to browse in the markets' more than 250 stalls, from contemporary fashion and jewellery to retro homewares and original art. Near the markets and opposite the tranquil Reservoir Gardens, is the beautiful Juniper Hall, built in 1824 for Robert Cooper, a gin distiller.
The mansion is now a function venue and home of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection and the annual Moran Prizes. There are plenty of private galleries to visit in Paddington, including the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and the Australian Centre for Photography. Some of the tree-lined backstreets contain art galleries and boutiques.
William Street, off Oxford Street, lures savvy shoppers with The Corner Shop, Banjo and Matilda, and G&L Handmade, which makes shoes. Just William Chocolates sells delicious handmade chocolates. The Intersection, on the corner of Glenmore and Oxford streets, has big fashion names including Sass and Bide, Willow, and Scanlan and Theodore.