Local vibe: Style and substance

A haven of broad, leafy streets lined with ironwork-laced terraces, where young and old come to shop, eat and drink, or walk their dogs in the green expanse of Centennial Park.


Take a tour of the Victoria Barracks and Army Museum, then take a breather in Paddington Reservoir Gardens. Catch an arthouse movie at the Chauvel or Verona cinemas, or, in summer, head to Centennial Park for an outdoor session at the Moonlight Cinema. By day, hire a bike to explore the park or chill out by one of its beautiful lakes. Visit the Australian Centre of Photography, as well as the plethora of galleries in the vicinity.


It’s atmosphere galore here, from the old-school Lord Dudley to the modern-rustic flair at Four in Hand and buzzing vibe at The London Hotel. Chill out at Jackie’s Café or Ampersand Café, Bar & Bookstore for coffee with a side of literature. For fine dining at its best, head to Guillaume. The Print Room is an elegant cocktail lounge, while tiny 10 William Street is a buzzy wine bar with good food to match. Head to Italian Bar for pizza and cool live music.


Pick up a range of Australian-made pieces, from fashion and jewellery to stationery and preserves at Paddington Markets, held every Saturday on Oxford Street. Browse upmarket local designer stores including Scanlan and Theodore, Sass & Bide, Zimmermann and The Corner Shop.

Indulge in handmade chocolates at Just William or some literary browsing at Ariel or Berkelouw bookshops. Visit a milliner like Neil Grigg or Hatmaker on South Dowling Street. You’ll find Australia’s leading designers at The Intersection: Ellery, Josh Goot, Rachel Gilbert and more.

Last updated: Thursday, 6 August 2015