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Paddington area guide

Restaurants, bars, shops and events in Paddington

Photograph: Dennis Goedegebuure

A luxe, boutique-strewn suburb, Paddo is famous for fine threads, pretty residents and a very Eastern Suburbs private school vibe. And let's face it: that's why we love it. Come here to be transported. Narrow William Street's got you sorted for high-end duds, while all the Big Shops have a home on Oxford Street. 

The Saturday markets are well worth a rummage if you're looking to save a few pennies – perhaps to have a drink at the The Paddington with the attractive locals, or the Four In Hand, where you can sample chef Colin Fassnidge's treats in the dining room. If you want to get in with the well-heeled young pros who love a game of Rugby as much as they do a well-tailored suit, the London's your bet. Looking for something a bit, er, relaxed? Paddo RSL is a fine, lower brow institution. But Paddington's about more than boozing and clothing. Want a book? Berkelouw's and Ariel have you sorted. 

Want a flick? The Palace Verona cinema shows the latest arthouse and foreign flicks and the historic, beautiful Chauvel in the old Town Hall will transport you back in time. And does anything in Sydney beat a picnic in adjacent Centennial Park? For fashion, film books, trees and a lot of pretty folk, Paddington has you sorted.

Paddington highlights

Ariel Booksellers - Oxford Street
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Ariel Booksellers - Oxford Street

It always makes a difference when a bookstore chooses its stock with care, and Ariel has been a Paddington landmark since 1985 thanks to their knowledgeable staff and superb selection of quality titles.

Berkelouw Books - Paddington
Shopping

Berkelouw Books - Paddington

Browse the impressive collection of new, old and rare books at Paddington's Berkelouw Books, a local favourite since 1994. With late opening hours, book lovers can browse through titles in the relaxing upstairs café long into the night. With over 2 million to choose from, you could be there a while.

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