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Highlights

There’s no cooler place to shop in Sydney than Paddington. Find the best of Sydney’s boutique shopping scene, art galleries, tailors, shoemakers and milliners in this inner-city neighbourhood. Rows of pretty Victorian terraces now house Sydney’s emerging and established fashion scene.

About Paddington

Home to a wide selection of designer boutiques retailing fashion, jewellery and homewares; a wander through the streets of Paddington reveals all manner of classic silhouettes and cutting edge designs.

Find staple labels of the Australian and international fashion scenes, including Dinosaur Designs and Zimmerman. You can also discover pieces created by up and coming designers amongst the stalls of the Paddington Markets.

Stop in at The Paddington which features a slow roasted menu of down-to-earth fare. Tantalise your tastebuds with the flavours of Southeast Asia at Eat Thai at Five Ways. Please your palate with a serving of rich Italian fare at 10 William Street or settle in for a hearty bistro-style meal at Four in Hand Dining Room.

Drop by Five Ways Paddington, situated in the heart of the suburb, to discover cafes and bars operating in Victorian style terraces and heritage buildings.Make your way to one of the many historic pubs and laid back bars scattered throughout the area to enjoy classic cocktails, fine wines and craft beers.

Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium see local and international teams battle for competition points in cricket, rugby and AFL. Or settle in for a dinner accompanied by dance, song and magic tricks at The Magician’s Cabaret theatre restaurant.

You can also wile away the afternoon within the grounds of Paddington Reservoir Gardens and see how the thoughtful blend of historic and contemporary elements have shaped the most recent incarnation of the space.

History

Aboriginal People

The suburb of Paddington is considered to be part of the region associated with the stories of the Cadigal people. These people belonged to the Dharug (or Eora) language group, which includes what is now known as the Sydney central business district. It is known that the ridge, being the most efficient route, on which Oxford Street was built was also a walking track used by Aboriginal people. Much of the Aboriginal population (estimated at the time to be ca. 1000 people) of Sydney died due to the smallpox outbreak of 1789, one year after the First Fleet arrived in Sydney. Some Anthropologists maintain that the tribe moved to other areas of the shared Eora language group. At the time when Robert Cooper began to build his first house in Paddington, approximately 200 Koori people were living in Woolloomooloo in housing which Governoe Macquarie had built for them.

Paddington has never been a suburb with a dense indigenous population. In the 1930s, when parts of Sydney such as Redfern and Glebe became hubs for Aborigines entering the labour force, Paddington continued to be a European working-class suburb.