In partnership with Concrete Playground, 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.
Image (above): Alimentari
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.
Image: Blinq Gallery
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.
Image: Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Here is how our editor loves to spend a few hours in Paddington.
- Paddington Fine Wines: Enhance your oeno-knowledge and keep your eyes peeled for wine classes and wine and cheese tasting events and this haven of good drops.
- The Paddington: Rotisserie chicken is the name of the game here. If you haven't tried the succulent chook, rectify that immediately with a $50 banquet menu.
- Lucio's Art Collection: Having served incredible, authentic eats since 1983, this Italian eatery also boasts an epic collection of art that's been named as one of the top five restaurants for art in the world.
- The Unicorn: Come for the Mary's burgers, stay for the amazing wines. Make sure you order at least one glass of the house sparkling, Blind Unicorn Juice — it's made specifically for the bar.
- 10 William Street: Here you can go for something small like the whipped bottarga with pretzel and a glass of wine from the board, or something bigger like the spicy crab spaghettini and a nice bottle from the extensive list.
Image: Lucio's Art Collection
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All details are accurate as of 01 May 2021. Information may change. Check businesses websites for the most up-to-date information.