Best Restaurants in Paddington
Paddington has been at the centre of classic European dining for more than 40 years. That’s especially true for Italian restaurants: now-closed classics such as Lucio’s and Darcy’s Restaurant, and the still-going-strong Buon Ricordo have each left marks that stretch well beyond the boundaries of the suburb.
But it was the genre-defining 10 William St – with its minimal-intervention wine and famous pretzel with whipped bottarga – landing in an old William Street terrace in 2010 that made a big-enough splash to start a new wave of progressive dining in the area.
Now, Paddington’s stretch of Oxford Street is home to some of the best restaurants in Sydney – not to mention Josh Niland’s world-recognised seafood diner, Saint Peter. There are also plenty of damn fine neighbourhood eateries scattered throughout the lush backstreets around the Five Ways. Even the area’s historic pubs have upped their games, with restaurant-level ambition at work in previously ho-hum kitchens.
Best Pubs in Paddington