Sitting on higher ground, Paddington, with its lush, tree-lined streets and beautiful heritage buildings and thriving café and shopping culture, is one of the most sought-after locations in Brisbane. Close to the city and other much-loved suburbs like Red Hill and Bardon, Paddington has a well-earned reputation amongst those who want a suburban lifestyle on the edge of the city.
Latrobe and Given Terraces, the central spine of the suburb, are bustling with locals during the day as they immerse themselves in the local cafés, galleries and one-of-a-kind antique stores. Empire Revival, formerly known as the Paddington Antique Centre, features collections from over 50 antique dealers under one very beautiful roof.
Paddington boasts some of the best cafés and restaurants on the west side – a drawcard for its quieter neighbours. The culturally diverse food offerings along Latrobe and Given Terrace, such as French-renaissance style patisserie Le Bon Choix and ramen restaurant Hai Hai, draw a crowd. This popular food and coffee strip also links to the much-loved Caxton Street precinct of Petrie Terrace and nearby Suncorp Stadium.
Needless to say, when it comes to convenient living, Paddington hits the mark. Families and students are drawn to the area for its educational precincts and young professionals take advantage of having access to both worlds – a piece of genuine suburban living that’s within arm’s reach of thriving Fortitude Valley and Brisbane’s CBD.
Then there are the beautiful head-turning homes that have a longstanding presence – traditional Queenslanders, restored weatherboard houses and workmen cottages, many of which boast impressive views of Brisbane’s CBD. Many small businesses and boutique retail stores are situated in the cottages, which just adds to the charm of this upbeat suburban lifestyle.
Mt Coot-tha Summit Walks Minutes away is Mt Coot-tha offers a back to nature experience with plenty of trail walks that lead to impressive views of the city and surrounding suburbs.
Gambaro Restaurant From a simple fish ‘n’ chips shot to a multi-award-winning seafood restaurant that hosts private events, Gambaro is on every foodie’s radar.
Empire Revival Formally known as the Paddington Antique Centre, this gem is brimming with furniture, homewares and jewellery with a vintage, retro vibe.