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Paddington is well-known for its residential area of leafy tree lined streets, with large three storey Victorian terraces overhanging the tiny narrow lanes, it is an impressive, stylish and fashionable and cosmopolitan suburb, intermingled with artistic elegance and individuality.
Offering an abundance of art galleries, cafes, pubs, restaurants, boutique funky shops, and motivating cinemas, it’s a suburb that will keep any visitor contented and amused for many hours.
The best time to see Paddington is on Saturday as Paddington main attraction is the markets held in the heritage listed sandstone United Church grounds and building in Oxford Street. Buses leave Circular Quay (380, 378, and 389) get off at Victoria Barracks and stroll up Oxford Street and visit the shops before hitting the markets. The Bazaar is filled with 250 colourful stalls displaying works of Sydney artists, and mixtures of stalls selling jewellery, clothes and antiques.
If time permits have lunch at the many innovative stylish cafes and then take a walk up to Centennial Park, a glorious enormous 220hectare park and watch how Aussies spend their weekends. It is filled with beautiful exotic trees, ponds and a large lake, you will see people rolling-blading, cycling, kite flying, jogging and even horse riding. The Park entrance is on the corner of Oxford and Queen Street and admission is free. If you come in summer (November – December) you can attend the outdoor moonlight cinema operating in the Centennial Park Amphitheatre. There is a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch daily situated close to the entrance.
Paddington also houses some of Sydney best restaurants in Sydney.
- Adventure Travel
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Paddington Gallery Crawl
Saturday or Sunday afternoons, following a late and languid breakfast, head for Paddington and a bit of culture with any number of commercial galleries found dispersed in the narrow yet beautiful streets of Paddington. With any number of exhibitions lasting 4-6 weeks, its a great way of catching up with contemporary Australian art.
Personal favourites are the Sherman Galleries (16-20 Goodhope St), Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (8 Soudan Lane), Australian Centre for Photography (257 Oxford St) but there are heaps more - wonder the streets until you stumble across one. And the streets themselves (if a little steep!) are fabulous, with the sheer number of stunning Victorian homes.
Every Saturday, 10am -5pm (summer), 10am-4pm (winter). Held in church grounds, Paddington Market has started the career of many a fashionista. Everything you can imagine on sale here - clothes (one-offs and 'period'), jewelry, hats, music, funky lighting etc etc etc. Gets incredibly crowded. There's a couple of cafes inside the grounds - good to hide from those crowds!
Note there's a no photography policy. I found this out after I took it and a very large security guard very politely asked to me to refrain. Natch, 5 seconds later I then saw the sign saying 'No Photography'.
- Arts and Culture
250 stalls including fashions, jewellery, plants, books, paintings, pottery, hats, massages, etc. Good place to buy current fashions. Many up and coming designers come here to sell their creations. Always lots of buskers, fire jugglers and singers.
opening hours:10.00am - 4.00pm Saturday during Winter, 10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday during Summer
- Family Travel
Great outdoor weekend market featuring arts and crafts, farmers' goods, and interesting knick knacks.
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