Restaurants

Civico 47

Restaurant

Due to open March 23, 2022.

Saint Peter

Restaurant

A pioneering “fin-to-scale” eatery by Josh and Julie Niland. Behind the sleek marble counter, chefs deftly butcher sustainably caught fish and utilise every part of the animal across a menu of wildly inventive dishes. A meal here is thrilling, educational, and enhanced by an impressive selection of Australian wine and Japanese sake.

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 beef-cheek-ragu pappardelle are still here, along with more pasta and gnocchi options than ever.

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.

Book a Table

Ursula’s

Restaurant

At his first solo restaurant, acclaimed chef Phil Wood explores and expands Australian cuisine with a produce-driven menu combining classic European cooking with local ingredients. There are nods to Aboriginal history, too, plus a fresh take on the classic peach Melba dessert.

Cafes

Organic Bread Bar

Cafe

Breakfast and lunch from the much-loved bakery.

Barbetta

Cafe

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

Morris

Cafe

There are giant cookies, à la Scout's Honour.

Sonder

Cafe

A young team dishes up breakfast until five at Five Ways.

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.

Köket

Cafe

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

Bars

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.

10 William St

Bar

Italian swagger in Sydney’s most experimental wine bar. Chef Dan Pepperell’s legacy lives on in his unshakeably spectacular pretzel with whipped bottarga, but current head chef Frank Guest's touch across the daily menu brings even more panache to this game-changing Paddo institution.

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.

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.

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.

Book a Table

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.

Shops

Fish Butchery

Shop

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

P&V Wine & Liquor Merchants Paddington

Shop

Another instalment for the cult bottle shop. Swing past to pick up a bottle of skin-contact chardonnay or a slab of Heaps Normal non-alcholic beer. Or snag a seat in the courtyard out back for by-the-glass-wine and terrine by ex-Old Fitz chef Nicholas Hill.

Sarah & Sebastian

Shop

So much more than the average high-street jeweller.

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

Shop

Like the classic takeaway joint, but with more technique.

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.