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A person wears pastel, tie-dyed overalls on a wood bench with a pink cushion and terracotta and pastel shell sculptures in the background
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The five cool shops you can only find in Paddington

Head to this chic suburb to locate these funky finds

Time Out in association with Woollahra Council, City of Sydney and Visit Paddington
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You might know this well-heeled ‘burb as the heart of curbside high fashion in Sydney, but it’s not all luxury kaftans and big-name boutiques. Scattered around the area, you’ll find some quirky stores which you wouldn’t stumble upon anywhere else in Sydney. Here's the full lowdown on the cool finds you'll only get in the Inner East. 

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Interior of jardan
Interior of jardan
Photograph: Alicia Taylor

Jardan

With its structural, salmon pink staircase and ornate finishings, furniture store Jardan is itself as much of a sight to be seen as the goods it stocks. The Paddington store is designed by architect Iva Foschia, who was bent on using colour to express the warmth of Sydney's tree-lined streets, as well as the deep blue of its nights. Go for elegant pieces handcrafted to order in the Jardan studio in Melbourne. Looking for some inspo? Check out the brand's in-house décor and design magazine, the Good Life

Where: 42 Oxford St

Close up view of a person's hands as they hold a gemstone in tweezers. They are wearing lots of rings and two gold necklaces and have tattoos on their hands and fingers.
Close up view of a person's hands as they hold a gemstone in tweezers. They are wearing lots of rings and two gold necklaces and have tattoos on their hands and fingers.
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Babyanything

Designer Lucie Ferguson of Babyanything draws on influences from the zodiac and the sacred feminine to Catholic patron saints in her jewellery making. Here, fine jewellery doesn't mean delicate. Precious metals are stamped with typography and infused with a touch of rockstar edge (think spikes, maybe a stud or two). Most items are unisex – so you can pick up a gift and a little treat for yourself, too. Stop by Paddington's the Intersection for a peek at Ferguson's handiwork, as well as a selection of art pieces, tiles, fabric accessories and more. 

Where: 128A Oxford St

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The interior of Di Nuovo
The interior of Di Nuovo
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Di Nuovo

It's no secret that Paddington stocks the cream of the Australian designer crop, but if your fashion outlook is a little more internationally minded, look no further. Di Nuovo is a long-standing independent boutique that stocks old-season, pre-loved high fashion: from old Celine, to velvet Manolos to Acne leather jackets from their heyday. Stock is sold on a consignment basis with new products arriving daily. Pop by for a browse, and if you're loking to make a morning of it, stop in for a flat white at Alimentari next door.

Where: 92 William St

A blonde doll, three stuffed bears and a selection of books and wooden toys in the window of Puddleduck Toys
A blonde doll, three stuffed bears and a selection of books and wooden toys in the window of Puddleduck Toys
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Puddleduck Toys

Originally in Double Bay, the store has made the leap to Paddington's William Street, and now you can experience the magic of Puddleduck Toys in the Inner East. Stocking a range of handmade, artisanal stuffed toys, dolls and woodens games, it's a cornucopia of childhood delight: maybe leave the kids at home if you're not ready to fend off their advances towards everything in sight. Puddleduck is a far cry from your average commercial toy store: swing by for tailored advice and guidance on gift-giving for the little ones in your life. 

Where: 70 William St

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An adult and two small children sit on the floor surrounded by toys, furniture, rugs and bric-a-brac from Frankie General Store
An adult and two small children sit on the floor surrounded by toys, furniture, rugs and bric-a-brac from Frankie General Store
Photograph: Michael Gonzales

Frankie General Store

Breathe in, and breathe out. The Frankie General Store wants to help its clientele craft their lifestyle into a more conscious one with its selection of ethical, small batch products. Earthy tones, natural fibres and textural complexity are key: think macrame baskets, bamboo cutlery containers and chic glasses by New York brand Yunizon Eyewear. There's actual weight behind Frankie's sustainable ethos, too: it partners with brands like Knitting Expedition, which sells jumpers made by women who also take care of rice terraces in the Philippines.

Where: 70 Oxford St

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