Hey, You! Here Are 32 Things To Do In Paddington, Rosalie, And Red Hill
Head westBy Stamatina Notaras | 3rd October 2023
A perfect mix of trendy, retro, modern, and chic, the charming and quaint suburbs sitting pretty near Brisbane CBD will have you digging for antique treasures, curating a capsule wardrobe, and feasting on an abundant array of sandwiches, pastries and Mediterranean feasts – with a night cap to finish, off course.
Here are our favourite things to eat, see, and do in Paddington, Rosalie, and Red Hill.
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If comfort is key but you don’t want to sacrifice style, add Adavera Footwear to your Paddington pitstop. The independently owned shoe shop has been keeping feet comfy and fabulous since 2007, and specialises in European footwear made for the cobbled streets of Italy and beyond. With comfort and style at the forefront, Adavera Footwear allows you to keep the good times rolling after a day out and about, stocking an array of well-known shoe brands such as Alegria, Birkenstock, Ecco, Rieker, and more.
Honour your hair the best way you can, and book a visit to Sol Hair Salon – where your mane goes from drab to fab. Their dedication to the environment means they use vegan-friendly products, and are dedicated to keeping a sustainable salon. The team behind Sol Hair boast members with over ten years experience, led by an award-winning hairdresser that has worked in some of Brisbane’s best salons. Whether it’s a colour, cut, highlight, or treatment you’re after, you’ll walk out feeling fine after a visit to Sol Hair.
Artisans Bespoke Jewellers
Frost yourself with the help of the Jeweller Of The Year – Artisans Bespoke Jewellers. Renowned for being a cut above the rest with a sentimental touch, curate a bespoke piece of jewellery and trust that with over 15 years in the business, your special purchase is in safe hands. If you don’t have a vision yet, take a look at their latest bespoke creations, before letting the team work with you to create something truly special. Using diamonds to create masterpieces, Artisans Bespoke Jewellers is one of the only jewellers in Australia who manufacture by hand.
With sustainable fashion making its way around the industry (we love that), Restyled Co. is where to get your fix. Boasting a treasure chest of pre-loved garments and accessories to take home and love as your own, you can also shop new pieces or make room in your own closet by letting Restyled Co. sell your clothes for you!
From the team that brought you Blackout Paddington comes drinks for the darker hours. Noir blends low-key vibes with a rotating list of hand-selected drops and locally sourced charcuterie.
The newest addition to Rosalie is the charming neighbourhood bar, serving craft beers, delectable pizzas, and good vibes. The large venue offers an al fresco pavilion that overlooks the streets, an indoor dining area boasting retro Australian decor, and a courtyard that sits neat and pretty in between.
Little Mis.Spelt Bakery
Anyone who doesn’t like a buttery croissant or a delectable danish can’t be trusted, if you ask us. Out of the oven and into your hands, Paddington’s resident bakehouse Mis.Spelt Bakery is slinging sweet and savoury pastries, crusty sourdough, and more.
Since turning a beautiful old Queenslander home into a cafe and Thai restaurant, the three brilliant chefs behind the Paddington Social have nailed the delicious formula. From their creative breakfast and lunch menu, homemade pastries and cakes, and innovative Thai dishes, you’ll always be served a winner.
Ham on Rye
A sandwich a day keeps the hangries away, and Ham on Rye knows this too well. Their selection of sandwiches are minimalist yet salivating, with the likes of a pastrami-filled Reuben, spicy braised beef, shredded chicken, or cold cuts with ham, sopressa, mojo roast pork, salad, and cheese – ooo, mama!
Pick up your perfect capsule wardrobe from Paddington’s local gem, Retro Metro. Walk on in and you will find racks of garments and accessories mixing second hand and new, with retro and vintage. The store’s unisex selection means there’s something for everyone.
When the mood strikes for antique shopping, the first store on everyone’s mind is Empire Revival. Much like opening the doors to Narnia, you never know what you’re going to find amongst the trinkets, furniture, clothing, and statues – there’s more where that came from!
Tuck into a Middle-Eastern inspired spread at Naim. Taking residence in an old Queenslander, friends and family can unite over a brunch, long lunch, or dinner. If you’re having a soiree, why not order a platter with dishes including slow braised lamb shanks and pumpkin saffron risotto. Or, go for a meze platter of cheese, flatbread, lemon, olive tapenade, and more.
There’s a ramen shaped hole in everyone’s hearts, and a trip to Hai Hai is all it takes to fill it. Slurp up from a steaming bowl of Hai Hai’s delicious ramen with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available.
For your Japanese fix, look no further than Uncle Don, where hearty and humble dishes are elevated with modern cooking and house-made ingredients. Take your pick from the menu boasting a 20-plus selection of don dishes, and sip on saké or Japanese fruit wine to experience the flavours of Japan at its best.
When you mix a cinema and a bar together, you get Cinebar! Catch a flick in comfort, and devour a spread of starters, share platters, mains, and pizza without ever leaving your seat. If you have a party to plan, book a private event, and have your own movie night with themed cocktails and plenty of popcorn.
What does your coffee say about you? That we don’t know, but your coffee shop sure says a lot. Whether you like it black with a dash of milk or frothy and chocolatey, Blackout Coffee lives, breathes and specialises in coffee. Sit back, and relax, when you start your day with a Blackout Coffee, you’re already one step ahead.
By day, they’re a casual café, but when the sun starts to set, the flavours hit different and Remy’s becomes a killer burger and drinks spot. Serving up the goods seven days a week, this doggo-friendly hangout is just what you’ve been missing.
Step into Nota and experience soulful fare like no other. Shortened from ‘familiar kitchen’ in Latin, Nota places emphasis on delivering quality, seasonal, and familiar flavours in a relaxed and unpretentious setting.
Kick it old school and pick up a record or two (or more) from Dutch Vinyl’s variety of second hand and new records. Catering to all music tastes such as pop, rock, soul, funk, classical sounds, or country, you’ll need to put some time aside to explore the extensive range.
Both a boutique bottle shop and bar, you can find wines from Australia’s leading wineries topping the shelves of Wine Experience. Simply sit and sip on the footpath with friends or inside the dimly-lit lairs. It’s all good vibes, and even better wines at Wine Experience.
Yesterday’s Thrift Shop
Make sure you add Yesterday’s Thrift Shop to your op shop agenda, and you’ll find a sweet escape amongst the mounds of pre-loved clothing, shoes, accessories, and oh-so-much more. Plus, it’s sustainable shopping – so dig for gold!
Artisan Aesthetic Clinic
This studio is a one-stop beauty shop, catering for all things skin, body, and beauty. When you step inside Artisan Skin Clinic, expect quality, top-notch expertise and skinfully splendid results. The qualified team of nurses, doctors and dermal therapists treat every client individually, tailoring their treatment with care. Whether you want to hydrate the skin, stimulate collagen and elastin, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, or elevate your look with a simple face sculpt, your beauty needs are met here.
Eat at Billy’s
From the makers of Meat At Billy’s, Eat at Billy’s takes primo cuts of meats and turns them into perfect sandwich bites. Combining flavoursome eats with top-notch hospitality, next time you’re in Paddington, make sure to eat – at Billys.
Meat at Billy’s
For the best cuts of meat in the market, head to Meat At Billy’s where tip-top knowledge meets friendly faces. With secret tips to elevate your next barbecue, you’ll be the talk of the town!
Rosalie Gourmet Market
Lovingly penned Brisbane’s best deli, Rosalie Gourmet Market is a family-run boutique that has been feeding families freshly prepared, high quality gourmet food, as well as providing artisan products and ingredients from around the world. This market has shelves stocked with 300-plus products including a huge range of international and Australian cheeses, freshly made artisan breads, patisserie items, cured meats, and charcuterie snacks. Pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables, and treat yourself to some locally grown flowers while you’re there – cute.
Old Monk is your contemporary slinging traditional Indian cuisine, with a twist. Dig in family-style from a slathering of share-plates, or go for a solo serving of saucy goodness.
Botanica Real Food
Dishing up finger-licking servings of salads, both hot and cold, Botanica can be found across from Red Hill Cinema. Not only are the meals healthy and delicious, these boxes of goodness are a winning addition to your next picnic or family-feast. Don’t forget to pick up a sweet treat on your way out!
There’s a page-turner for everyone at the quaint bookstore, Scrumptious Reads. As well as getting your hands on a good story, you can attend regular events set on a backdrop of locally-made artwork decorating the walls.
This coffee shop boasts primo eats and sips, and serves patrons a delicious selection of hearty dishes from granola bowls to brekky tacos, alongside killer coffee and cold-pressed juice.
Le Coin Bistro
Take your taste buds on a trip, and dig into the spoils of Europe at Red Hill’s fragrant flavour house, Le Coin Bistro. With dishes such as escargot and beef tartare on the menu, this locally-loved venue boasts traditional French flavours, perfectly paired with a long-list of French-inspired wines, and a selection of cocktails. The large space allows for plenty of fun-filled family lunches or group dinner parties with friends. C’est la vie!
Fancy an award-winning blowout? Us too! Bach Hair welcomes you to trust the process and leave your hair in their hands as they take you in and elevate your look with a snip here and a curtain bang there. With locals singing their praises, this luxury oasis offers services such as colouring, hair extensions, Keratin treatments and a multitude of beauty services. Whether you want to shake it up with a shag cut, or keep it cute with a treatment and trim, you need to book it in at Bach.
Alfred and Ivy
This all-in-one lifestyle boutique is really the perfect addition to any suburb boasting a luxe range of house decor, coffee table additions, clothing, jewellery, and everything in between.
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