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Things to do in Paddington

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bakery
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“Best bakery in Sydney with lines out the door and around the corner. Located next to the all new tram stop Surry hills. I love the coffee here as well as their sourdough and two lemon meringue tarts are to die for”
  • 207 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Famous Gelateria that sells delicious gelato made onsite in a wide range of flavours. Highly recommend.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Flea Market
“Open only on Saturdays from 10am-4pm make sure you wander through the markets for some good finds.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Bar
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“Popular and stylish bar serving wood-fired pizzas, homemade pasta and cocktails in a vibrant pub with a leafy, lantern-lit patio. Very busy with locals and suburbanites on weekends. Sunday crowd changes to gay night. 12noon-12midnight Mon+Tue 12noon-1am Wed-Sun”
  • 122 locals recommend
Bar
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“Packed on a weekend, this is a great spot for a good time. Themed after American western style saloons, you can get pickle backs and boilermakers to get your evening started. Shelled peanuts are passed around by the basketful. Some nights there's live country/folk music and dancing.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“It's just a 10 minute walk to this precinct which sits along side a working Film studio. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and movie theatres from which to choose and you just might even glimpse a visiting star. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Enjoy a relaxing movie experience at this modern cinema complex. Besides first-run movies it is also screens the British, Italian and French Film Festivals each year. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Museum
“Whether its Cricket, Australian Rules Football or Soccer (Internatiional Football) this stadium caters for all. Enjoy a beer in one of the local pubs before you take in the action to absorb the full rivalry.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Locality
“Gorgeous lush vast parklands which is a favourite with cyclists, joggers and families with children. Beautiful spots for a photo shoot and picnic. ”
  • 578 locals recommend
Lounge
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“A 1920s-influenced bar with moody lighting, glass cabinets, leather seats and craft cocktails. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Regional Italian dishes and housemade pasta served in a stylish space with a long communal table.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“The best pub in the area, right across the road. Has a very popular rooftop, good selection of Australian craft beers. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Café
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“A leisurely 15-minute walk through Kings Cross and you’ll come to the hip enclave of Darlinghurst, and perhaps to the restaurant and chef who started the brunch phenomena in Sydney, Bill Granger’s Bills restaurant. Brave the line-up and sample the famous Sweet Corn Fritters and/or Ricotta Hotcakes. It’s Modern Australian at its best.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Cool, vintage-style eatery serving pasta and mozzarella-focused dishes from a cheese wheel. [OPENS 12pm-11]”
  • 59 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“This place goes off on a Saturday night. If you're looking to get right among 'the scene' in Double Bay, this is the place to be.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
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“Popular Pub in Paddington's 5 Ways - 15minute walk or can get the 389 bus from across the road and be there in 5 minutes. Nice food and drinks. Small roof terrace with views of the Harbour Bridge.”
  • 52 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“Regional Italian dishes and housemade pasta served in a stylish space with a long communal table.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Café
“A leisurely 15-minute walk through Kings Cross and you’ll come to the hip enclave of Darlinghurst, and perhaps to the restaurant and chef who started the brunch phenomena in Sydney, Bill Granger’s Bills restaurant. Brave the line-up and sample the famous Sweet Corn Fritters and/or Ricotta Hotcakes. It’s Modern Australian at its best.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Cool, vintage-style eatery serving pasta and mozzarella-focused dishes from a cheese wheel. [OPENS 12pm-11]”
  • 59 locals recommend
Bar
“Popular Pub in Paddington's 5 Ways - 15minute walk or can get the 389 bus from across the road and be there in 5 minutes. Nice food and drinks. Small roof terrace with views of the Harbour Bridge.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Simple food made well with great ingredients. Specialises in wood-fired pizza and Italian classics. Mozzarella bar with air freighted cheeses from Naples. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
“Delicious fresh garden restaurant, beautiful location, the perfect long lunch, sharing food, garden out the back for all the fresh produce”
  • 52 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“My favourite small bar in Sydney - this bar always strikes the perfect balance between incredible cocktails, excellent staff and an enjoyable atmosphere. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“This is an old English-style pub. Cosy and friendly, a great spot to settle in for a drink or two.”
  • 45 locals recommend

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