Paddington, affectionately known as “Paddo”, certainly has a unique vibe. From humble beginnings it has been gentrified significantly over the past 40 years. Now it is one of Brisbane’s most sought-after inner-city suburbs.

The streets come to life with beautifully restored Queenslander homes and charming worker’s cottages. Residents have a wide range of choice when it comes to entertainment, with a mix of cafes, bars, pubs, shops and even galleries.

In short, Paddo residents have got it all right on their doorstep. Only moments from the city (two kilometres west to be exact) with a good bus service, locals can snap their fingers to access the CBD too. It’s no wonder Paddington is incredibly popular with professionals, young people and families.

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Paddington Homes

Paddington has a mix of charming small workers cottages right through to high-end architectural homes. The homes are suitable for both professionals in share houses and families with children of all ages.

Renovating has always been a favourite pastime of Paddington residents as it is embedded in the history of this suburb. In May 2021 Brisbane spent $28.6m (ABS data) on home renovations, evidence that the expansion of Paddington is an ongoing pursuit.

Our Paddington Suburb Profile Shows Why We Love Paddington

As our Paddington suburb profile shows, there really is nowhere like Paddington. Here’s why we love it so much:

1. A Buzzing Dining Scene

It is a fabulous dining and entertainment district. The dining scene in Paddington has always been a thriving one with no shortage of breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options. Hot spots with the locals include:

  • Darling & Co for lunch or weekend drinks
  • The Paddo Hotel for comedy and a Sunday afternoon sesh
  • Anouk for brunch
  • King Tea for a modern Chinese dining experience

Gambaro Hotel in nearby Petrie Terrace is another local favourite for luxury stays, functions and dining.

Locals never run of things to do or eat in Paddington!

2. Boutique and Vintage Stores

It has boutique shops galore. Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace are the heartbeat of Paddington and attract shoppers and art lovers from all over Brisbane. It boasts an interesting mix of boutiques, jewellers, florists, vintage stores, art galleries and Paddington’s famous Antique Centre. Paddington is a haven for shoppers and window shoppers alike.

3. Charm and Character

Paddington oozes charm and character, inspiring many artists to capture the nostalgic beauty of this suburb over the years. Paddington’s heritage architecture, colourful flowering tree-lined streets and cool atmosphere is what gives Paddington its X-factor. It’s a picturesque suburb and will never be out of style or demand.

4. Home to the Queensland Government House

If it’s good enough for the Governor and royalty then it’s good enough for us. ‘Fernberg’, Queensland’s Government House, is in Paddington. This heritage-listed mansion sits on a 15-hectare estate. Built in 1865 it is home to the Governor of Queensland and hosts visiting royal family members such as Prince William. Government House is a Queensland landmark and undoubtedly Paddington’s most exclusive residence.

5. Variety of Entertainment

It has world-class entertainment on its doorstep. Just a stroll from Paddington, in neighbouring suburb, Milton, is Brisbane’s state-of-the art, world-class stadium, Suncorp. Paddo residents can take their pick of entertainment. The stadium holds Rugby League games, the State of Origin, Rugby Union International Tests, World Cup Soccer and concerts by international superstars. And it is set to host the Olympics in 2032.

6. The Best Theatres

The city is only a short walk from Paddington, which means Paddington residents are just a stone’s throw from some of Brisbane’s best cinema experiences:

  • Cinebar at Rosalie (a boutique cinema with in-theatre waiter-service)
  • Red Hill Cinema (a converted roller rink and quirky boutique theatre)
  • Palace Cinema (state-of-the-art, upmarket cinema) at The Barracks on Petrie Terrace

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