Things to do

18 JANUARY 2023

Paddington is Brisbane’s place to be for boutique shopping, catch-up drinks or a lazy weekend breakfast. Wander your way down bustling Given and Latrobe Terraces and beyond to nearby Rosalie Village to soak up the enviable neighbourhood lifestyle. And while you’re there, tick these things off your Paddington to-do list.

01. Brunch like you mean it 

You know you’re in Paddington when the smell of bacon and coffee wafting through the air wakes you up in the morning. Locals love nothing more than a long and leisurely brunch date and with so many great spots to choose from, it’s obvious why. Try Naim, Anouk, Sassafras and Chapter IV Espresso for brunch with all the fixings.

02. Boutique shopping at its best 

Be prepared to shop ‘til you drop in Paddington, where shop-lined streets entice with sparkling jewels, covetable fashion and statement accessories. Discover quirky colourful clothing at That Shop frost yourself at Jewels NY, browse through Australian designers at Miss Henry Boutique, find that perfect figure-hugging dress at The Little Black Dress Shop or find that standout piece for your next special occasion at Living Silk.

03. Eat all the burgers 

Remy's is known around town for its delicious burgers, salty fries and creamy milkshakes (the Milo shake will take you back). However, it’s also known for epic burger deals – look out for Snacky Hour from 5–6pm from Monday to Saturday and the free burger offer with any burger, side and drink purchased on Sundays from 4–6pm. 

04. Back to the old school 

Paddington is home to outstanding antique stores, including Empire Revival, housed inside the old Plaza Theatre and boasting an extensive range of jewellery, furniture, fashion and homewares. Around the bend on Given Terrace, Retro Metro sells top-quality vintage gear or head down the pink lane to Ra Ra Superstar to find retro style with a modern attitude.

05. Beautify your home 

Paddington is also your one-stop shop for beautiful homewares. Wander the French-style Blake & Taylor to find interior inspiration or quality linen clothing and Olive Paddington for brightly coloured clothing and home accessories from Missoni. Visit Weaves and Wonders for handmade rugs, ceramics and lamps; or redecorate with the quality fabrics and furnishings on offer from Red Works.

06. Hit up a premium op shop 

Rummage your way through the Vinnies store on Latrobe Terrace to pick up some second-hand finds. With everything from clothing and books to furniture and brick-a-brac, you’re sure to bag a stylish bargain at the Paddington outlet.

07. Feel healthy and vital at Flannerys 

Dine at Flannerys Paddington for breakfast or lunch, seven days a week. Known for dishing up wholesome, organic food that has been ethically sourced, you’ll find plant-based, gluten-free and vegan options on the menu. On your way out, pick up some pantry staples such as flour, cereals and nuts.

08. Inject some colour into your life 

Thousand Island Dressing stocks beautifully decorative jewellery and homewares in brightly coloured materials, including beads, wood and semi-precious gems. Stop by to pick up a unique, locally made gift or souvenir.

09. Don't gnocch it 'til you try it 

Former Brisbane-based market stall Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers has a permanent gnoccheria in Paddington for eat-in and takeaway meals where you’ll find a selection of delectable sauces to pair with your gnocchi, including gluten-free options. 

10. Spice up your life with Indian 

Whether you love a simple korma or prefer something a little spicier like a vindaloo, It’s Mirchi Healthy Indian has it all. The extensive menu caters to all dietary requirements and even includes healthy options. But don’t forget the gulab jamun for dessert!

11. Be fabulous at the Darling 

Darling & Co is a sleek and sophisticated café, bar and restaurant in a generous space. The refined lunch and dinner menus will have you salivating while enjoying Brisbane’s year-round good weather in the breezy venue near Suncorp Stadium.

12. Catch the latest flick 

Take your standard date night at the cinema to a whole new level at the Blue Room Cinebar in Rosalie Village. Relax in plush recliners while being served nibbles and drinks right to your seat under the big screen.

13. We all scream for Italian ice-cream 

Gelateria Cremona brings traditional Italian gelato-making techniques with flair and creative flavours to Rosalie. With 200-plus flavours on rotation, you’re guaranteed to find that special gelato to make you go ‘yum!’ Be sure to visit for a post lunch or dinner treat.

14. Live la vida Italiano! 

Grappino Trattoria and Il Posto have your Italian food cravings sorted with everything from spaghetti marinara to vitello saltimbocca and even a sweet Nutella pizza. These Paddington trattorias are the perfect place for a long relaxing lunch or dinner – Italian-style. 

15. Explore Asian flavours 

Masterchef alumnus Emily Yeoh Kitchen is the spot for modern Chinese casual dining, using simple cooking techniques with locally sourced, biodynamic and sustainable ingredients that showcase Queensland produce to great effect. In Rosalie Village, Sing’s Asian Kitchen is bang on the money with a menu that spans Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese favourites.

Hai Hai Ramen on Latrobe Terrace provides all the Japanese flavours with umami-packed, hot bowls of ramen noodles or try King Tea for modern Chinese fusion food within an historic building. 

16. Start a band 

The Guitar Shop has all the gear you need to get the band together whether you’re after a new acoustic, banjo, mandolin, ukulele or lap steel guitar. If you rock out too hard, repairs and service are available that’ll have you rocking out again in no time at all.

17. Wet your whistle at a British-themed gastropub 

With its English seaside vibe and British-style pub food, Hope & Anchor is Paddington's best little watering hole. Offering an extensive wine list and a variety of craft beers, this is the place to go at beer o'clock or after a game day at Suncorp Stadium.

18. Get crafty for the home 

Specialty haberdashery shops are hard to find these days, but luckily Paddington has kept its charm (and gorgeous printed fabrics, lines and cushions) with the Calico House homewares store. It’s a home decorator's dream.

19. Seek quality slumber between the sheets 

A good night’s sleep awaits when you have luxurious bedlinen from Sheets on the Line. Selling the highest-quality linen, cotton and silk bedding plus homewares for the kitchen and bathroom, you’ll be sure to find the ideal ‘suite’ style for your home.

20. Laugh like never before 

Take a seat at the Sit Down Comedy Club for a belly full of laughs from a host of local, national and international performers. Be sure to swing by The Paddo Tavern for dinner before or after the show.

21. Jet off to Italy 

When in Rome, what do the Romans do? They eat! Enjoy large portions of your favourite dishes, including fettuccine carbonara, lasagne al forno and all the pizza, while dining on classic checked tablecloths in front of a mural depicting Venice at Marinara Trattoria