Stylish and fashionable Paddington has emerged from its bohemian roots into a vibrant art, film and fashion district. Home to cutting-edge art galleries that showcase local and international artists, designer brand shopping, and a vibrant café culture - this inner-city enclave demands attention.
Steeped in history, Paddington has evolved from its bohemian roots into a vibrant arts and fashion hub. Only a 30-minute walk to the CBD, locals love to work and play hard.
Adversely affected by the Great Depression, Paddington was slated for complete redevelopment but was saved by the influx of Europeans who saw potential in the area. Paddington now has conservation status assuring this alluring neighbourhood will retain its old world charm.
Although close to the sprawling shopping centre of Bondi Junction, Paddington’s shopping district is well patronised with high-end retailers such as Parlour X, a multi-brand boutique, holding centre stage in a converted sandstone church along Oxford Street.
Art galleries highlight emerging and established artists, whilst Paddington’s two art house cinemas are popular haunts for film buffs. The next generation of home-grown artists attend the renowned UNSW Art and Design College and the Australian Centre of Photography, both of which are located in Paddington.
At the heart of Paddington is stately Juniper Hall, which was home to Robert Cooper, founder of what is now fondly referred to as ‘Paddo’, and the sprawling grounds of the military facility, Victoria Barracks.
The village clusters of Five Ways and The Intersection Paddington along Glenmore Road are favourites amongst locals. Another local favourite is the Reservoir Gardens that sits below street level along Oxford Street, providing a peaceful retreat and a place to reflect on the history, style and fashion that oozes from the hustle and bustle above.
Once slated for redevelopment, this neighbourhood is now considered worthy of conservation status with terrace houses consuming narrow blocks, many that have been beautifully restored whilst a few are aging and in need of renovation. Stroll down Napier and Orwell Streets, and you will find single-, double- and at times triple-storey Victorian terrace houses.
Gipps and Shadforth Streets boast some of the area’s oldest buildings. If contemporary architecture is more your style, boutique apartments have sprouted up behind the Uniting Church and Reservoir Gardens on Oxford Street.
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