26 Things To Do In Brisbane’s Darling Paddington And Its Surrounds
The west is waitingBy Dinushka Gunasekara | 19th September 2022
As the pink trumpet trees line the streets and the plethora of antique stores fill with happy weekend goers, the hillside suburbs of Paddington and its surrounds come alive. Head to the westside with our handy checklist of things to eat, see, and do around town!
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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.
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.
Step into Nota and experience soulful fare like no other. Shortened from ‘familiar kitchen’ in Latin, Nota places emphasis on delivering quality, seasonal, familiar flavours in a relaxed and unpretentious setting.
A Paddington institution, Anouk is a place to gather with your close ones for a Sunday brunch in style. Blending classic international flavours crafted and served to you in a warm and welcoming setting, you’ll want to make your visit a weekly ritual.
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.
Ra Ra Superstar
Making a difference one cute dress at a time, this eclectic store upcycles vintage finds and turns old rags new again. A treasure trove for those who love to search for one-off pieces, you’ll fall down the rabbit hole at Ra Ra Superstar.
Grab your mates and down a cold one at this iconic tavern on Given Terrace. With a dining space, bar, gaming room, and bottle shop, The Paddo is one place you’re sure to make lasting memories.
Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers
As the OG gnoccheria of the renowned Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers empire, the mouth-watering aroma alone will reel you here. Serving authentic Italian cuisine from a small but powerful menu, they’ve truly mastered the art of bringing together the fluffiest potato gnocchi and quality traditional sauces.
This eclectic antique and collectables store is stuffed to the brim with a distinctive range of jewellery, fashion, furniture, and homewares. Offering something for every style, the expert eye of the team at Empire Revival will find the piece you might never have known you needed!
More than just a boutique, Klemenza houses multi-sensory design in its finest form. Executing natural luxury in furniture, homewares, gifts, and interior design, the full-service studio is renowned for its exceptional customer service that will take you from start to finish in true style.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Latrobe Terrace, this beauty salon prides itself on providing each client with a relaxing and enjoyable experience from top to toe. As the experts in brows, lash lifts, and skin, treat yourself to a variety of luxurious facials that will leave you with a fresh, hydrated, and glowy complexion.
Beauty on Latrobe
If you want radiant skin for life, look no further than Beauty on Latrobe. By combining bespoke anti-ageing treatments with medical-grade technologies and industry-leading skincare, they’ll find the luxury formula that works for you and your skin, pampering you to perfection.
Frida’s Sip ‘n’ Paint
This luxe paint and sip studio offers fine wine and a beautiful time! The chic blacked out and chandelier-lit space carefully selects the pieces you’ll paint to ensure you’ll want to proudly hang them on your wall. Grab the pals and get your creative juices flowing with both public and private sessions on offer.
Leonard Joel Auctions
As Australia’s premier auction house since 1919, Leonard Joel’s Brisbane home continues its legacy as a marketplace for the rare, beautiful, and extraordinary. Curating an outstanding collection of furniture, jewellery, art, and objects, keep your eye on these guys because you’ll never know what you can find.
NS Properties Brisbane
This game-changing real estate agency is made up of a highly experienced team that have the expertise, passion, and drive to achieve the best results for you. With the award-winning Nicholas Stankiewicz at the helm, the sought-after boutique agency offers a truly elevated experience, beginning with a beautifully packaged gift at the time of listing and ending with your dream outcome.
Forager’s Nest Art Space
Prepare to be amazed at this quirky gift shop selling one-of-a-kind items like hand printed tea towels and hand-carved wooden utensils. Doubling as a haven for local artists to display their work, feast your eyes on amazing sculptures, graphic works, and incredible ceramics.
My Little Opulence
Refresh your home with luxurious handmade cushions from owner and unapologetic maximalist Rachel Goodman, who hand selects the fabrics and trimmings herself, making everything by hand right here in Brissy. Following a low-waste approach and only making cushions in small batches, each piece is the perfect finishing touch to your living room or a unique housewarming gift.
Beau Gordon Hair
This oh-so-cute boutique hair salon is where the ultimate comfort meets your dream hair goals. Considered one of Brisbane’s most sought-after hair salons thanks to their exceptional colouring skills, you can expect an extensive consultation and carefully honed techniques at this Wella Master Color salon.
Bentley De Lisle
When it comes to creating a one-of-a-kind piece that will stand the rest of time, Bentley De Lisle is your go-to jewellery destination. This family-owned jeweller has been creating custom made jewellery for clients since 1993, no matter the occasion. The boutique also offers remodelling and repairs on your old jewellery and you rest assured your pieces will come back in tip-top condition.
Whether it’s a new haircut or a drastic colour change, this hair salon is where you need to be. Led by award-winning hairdresser Kristie Sibson and part of the Redken team for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for three years in a row, the sustainable salon creates beautiful hair that doesn’t compromise the environment.
Set in a charming Queenslander, this bookstore has everything from culinary books and children’s books to nonfiction and fiction reads. Plus, it’s not just for the book lovers; Scrumptious Reads also stocks quirky gifts, stationery, and a range of tasty local produce including chocolates, honey, and yummy condiments like chilli jam.
Rosalie Gourmet Market
For fresh, hard-to-find ingredients, head to this family-run boutique food hall renowned for its gourmet food selection and mouth-watering catering options. From an extensive selection of artisan cheese to cured meats and everything in between, their shelves are overflowing with delicious eats sourced both locally and internationally.
Walk on up and experience the difference at this owner-operated clinic that will be your new partner in podiatric healing. Offering the latest and greatest technology, flexible hours, and no false promises or hidden fees, the expert team will help you feel more fit, energetic, and have a better outlook on life.
Hai Hai Ramen
Slurp up a bowl of delicious ramen at this local institute that’s sure to warm your soul. Their drool-worthy menu also features vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free ramen, so all tastebuds can dig into the flavour, without breaking the bank.
Spin records from all around the globe with a diverse and eclectic collection housed in this local icon. Hawking both second-hand and new vinyl records, you’ll find a tune across all your favourite genres to keep on record all night long.
Kettle and Tin
This cosy Queenslander cafe offers a menu of modern Australian classics with a playful twist. Showcasing fresh, seasonal produce, feast on a boozy brunch in their sunny courtyard or curl up in their intimate booths as you dine on delicious tapas.