Paddington

Everything looks good in Paddington, Sydney's favorite inner suburb for designer lifestyles.

Synonymous with style, Paddington is an inner Sydney neighborhood where perfectly coiffed masses clink chai latte cups in the morning and cocktail glasses at night. Chic age-is-only-a-number-somethings dress up to amble down Oxford Street, Paddington’s favorite promenade filled with gourmet cafes, cheeky pubs, bespoke jewelers, and every known name in designer fashion. Paddington's beauty is more than skin deep—grand Victorian homes and lush parks offer cinematic escapes off its main roads.

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On the Map

Paddington is bordered by Edgecliff, Elizabeth Bay/Rushcutters Bay, Potts Point, Double Bay, Darling Point, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, and Woollahra

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

International Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 15 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 20 minutes by bus
Bondi Beach: 15 minutes by bus

Fashion Forward In Inner Sydney

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Paddington, or "Paddo" to its admirers, shares a border and an attitude with unabashedly playful Darlinghurst in Sydney's inner east.

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Named during the 1820s by an entrepreneurial ex-convict turned gin maker, Paddington has distilled its prestige for nearly 200 years.

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The neighborhood is renowned for three things.

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Style.

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Style.

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Style.

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Main parades and back lanes showcase high-end boutiques, design studios, art galleries, auction houses, and jewelry makers.

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The neighborhood is never fashionably late.

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Instead, Paddington arrives ahead of the trends.

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Before is the new after.

Paddington's Famous Saturday Markets

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Paddington's prolifically fashion-conscious image took root in its famous Saturday Markets.

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They're responsible for the inception of the neighborhood's now-renowned design ideas.

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Sydneysiders and out-of-towners squeeze between racks, booths, and stalls in Paddington's school yard.

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It's a class of its own.

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Paddington is the perfect location - an affluent, beautiful, and popular hub near Sydney harbour and the city centre. We are a quiet & quaint neighbourhood whilst also being close to major access routes."

Paramount Cafe Culture In Paddington

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Conversation spills from sidewalk tables and onto the streets in front of Paddo's countless cafes and coffee shops.

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A worldy ambiance fills Paddington's patios and terraces.

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Japanese bars, Thai eateries, French bistros, and Italian delis pepper the neighborhood.

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Paddington encourages its residents to get outdoors and aboutdoors.

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Drinking and Dining In Style

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Paddington's style doesn't fade with the daylight.

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Fashionable mavens and haberdashed men fill Paddo's taverns, pubs, and wine bars every Friday and Saturday night.

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If you're unsure where to go, head to Oxford Street.

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The fastidiously handsome masses await.

Centennial Park: An Oasis In The City

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Centennial Park attracts Sydneysiders from near and far to wander by its formal gardens, grand statues, and large ponds.

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Residents run, rollerblade, picnic, and push their prams through this resplendent Victorian style park.

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If you're looking for winged creatures, find your way to Centennial Park's bat colony.

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Street Perspectives In Paddington

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Color splashes Paddington's terrace homes and finds relief in its wrought iron balconies.

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Balustrades and window boxes detail Paddo's renovated residences.

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They inspire real-life postcards along Oxford Street.

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Happiness.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

David Maurice Smith is a Canadian photographer based in Sydney whose work focuses on travel, reportage, and long-term documentary stories. He is drawn to personal stories and is fascinated by the circumstances that are reflected in each of us. He works hard to visually explore and explain the inspiring, tragic, or somewhere in-between… In 2012 David joined Australia's prestigious Photographic Collective, Oculi.

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