Restaurants

Four in Hand

Restaurant

This backstreet local made a particular name for itself under Colin Fassnidge's culinary leadership but is now under new management. It retains its produce-driven menu but without the nose-to-tail ideas Fassnidge was keen on. There's a bigger wine selection than most pubs and taps pour all of the classics.

Paddo Inn

Restaurant

Paddo Inn is home to Il Baretto, an Italian diner that feeds all corners of the venue. In the restaurant out back, the a la carte menu includes hand-made gnocchi, antipasti and aperitivo. And in the timber-fitted front bar, you’ll find home-style Italian fare such as meatballs and lasagne to match well-priced wine and beer.

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Don Pedros

Restaurant

Down this historic backstreet venue, you'll find a SoCal take on Mexican cuisine. Enter for soft shell crab tacos, and slow-cooked pork ribs. And a pre- and post-dinner shot of tequila is heavily encouraged by the team.

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Fred’s

Restaurant

A wood-fired oven, an open-flame hearth and some of the country’s best produce and cocktail bar underneath.

Il Baretto

Restaurant

A regional Italian diner that’s barely changed since 1999. Now in Paddington – the generous bowls of spaghetti alle vongole and duck ragu pappardelle are still here, along with more pasta and gnocchi options than ever.

Saint Peter

Restaurant

All-Australian seafood and wine.

Cafes

Ampersand

Cafe

This Paddington bookseller does food, drinks and books. And what a combination that is. Every book across its three levels is second-hand, with regular bargains to be had. The website is constantly updating, with titles landing daily – even if they’re used, the rotation keeps things feeling new.

Organic Bread Bar

Cafe

Breakfast and lunch from the much-loved bakery.

Köket

Cafe

A Swedish cafe by Funkis serving cinnamon buns, skagen and lingonberry cordial.

Daily Greens

Cafe

The chef trained at Thomas Keller's legendary French Laundry in California as well as some of LA's hottest restaurants.

Barbetta

Cafe

This bustling, pretty cafe fuses traditional Italian flavours with local brunch staples

Omeio

Cafe

Offering goods to fill the pantry and fridge, all from small local producers.

Bars

The Village Inn

Bar

One of Paddington's old guard, with the doors originally opening in 1890. The current iteration is renowned for its weekly specials and the sunny balcony that overlooks Glenmore Road. Dining is typical pub fare (burgers, steaks and salads), but it’s well executed.

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The Unicorn Hotel

Bar

A lot of pubs get major revamps, only to lose their old-school charm. Not the Unicorn. The team here have given the spot a stylish but sill pubby fit-out. Drinks here are an inclusive mix of commercial brews and natural wines. Food, meanwhile, involves jazzed up pub classics, and probably the best schnitzel in Sydney.

The London

Bar

This classic English pub was founded in 1875. There are little Union Jack flags on the table and a menu that lists everything from fish and chips to dhal. It's a classic family pub, filled with dogs, daily specials and match-day Swans supporters.

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The Royal Hotel

Bar

Three unique spaces in a Victorian-era pub package. The brassy, stain-glassed Royal Bar downstairs is a great spot for a beer and some live sport. Upstairs the bistro does all of the pub classics. One more level, and you’re on the rooftop. You can dine year-round up here, thanks to some retractable coverage. But in summer, it’s rosé-ready – the good stuff is pouring on tap.

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Bellevue

Bar

Bordering Woollahra and Paddington, this fine old boozer is one of the area’s oldest (it opened in 1880). These days it’s one of the best spots in the area to catch some live sport, with screens in nearly every section. The upstairs bistro, with its weekday specials, is also popular.

The Paddington

Bar

Like a cross between a pub, a bistro and chicken shop. Enjoy the rotisserie-focused menu in this sleek and sunny fit-out. If you've got a solid amount of pals for an event, ask for the private space, a magnificent frieze-covered dining room with a sun roof.

Shops

Berkelouw Paddington

Shop

The crown jewel of the Berkelouw empire in Sydney. This three-storey literary landmark on Oxford Street has everything a book nerd could wish for, not least of all a good cup of coffee from the upstairs cafe. It’s licensed and open late, which means it’s primed for a pre-movie drink if you’re hitting the Verona Palace Cinema next door.

The Chicken Shop

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Like the classic takeaway joint, but with more technique.

Fish Butchery

Shop

Josh Niland – of the boundary pushing seafood restaurant Saint Peter – is behind this retail seafood boutique.

Opus

Shop

Creativity, passion and a good eye for what people like makes this gift store a keeper with more than 50 years’ history under its belt.

The Plant Society

Shop

It’s selling plants from easy-care to rare. And there’s a B&B; for foliage freaks.

Aesop

Shop

An Australian owned, international epidermal destination.