Take The Offbeat Track! What To See And Do In BNE’s Darling Paddington

Take The Offbeat Track! What To See And Do In BNE’s Darling Paddington

Take a trip to this sunny side of town

By Astrid Taemets | 30th September 2021

A suburb recognised for its defining characteristics and architectural designs, Paddington is the amalgamation of historical and modern.

Home to trendy cafes, bustling restaurants, and rare antique stores, it’s no wonder Paddington is one of Brisbane’s most in-demand suburbs to take up residence.

But we don’t just head to this trendy neighbourhood to check out the real estate! Paddo is a hive of activity, with Brissy folks flocking from all over the city to treat themselves to breakfast at their fave leafy 4064 café, or glass of chardonnay after a scour through antique relics.

Whatever brings you to Paddington, you’re not alone in loving this darling BNR ‘burb. While you’re in the ‘hood, make sure to check out our other faves: Ageless Cosmetic and Laser ClinicBach HairDux Gutz CateringFITA-U Performance CentreProperty Pursuit, and Sol Hair.


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.

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.



Step into Nota and experience soulful fare like no other. Shortened from ‘familiar kitchen’ in Latin, Nota place emphasis on delivering quality, seasonal, familiar flavours in a relaxed and unpretentious setting.


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.

Paddington Social


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.

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.

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.



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.



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.

Finish Beauty


Below street level is where you’ll find Paddington’s best kept secret, Finish Beauty. Offering a range of beauty treatments (including lash lifts that were so good, we’ve been back for more) in an incredibly chic aesthetic, Finish Beauty is the TLC treat you deserve.



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.

Empire Revival


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!

The Paddo


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.

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.

Just a quick note: This post is sponsored. To prevent a paywall or annoying pop-up ads, we sometimes need to publish sponsored content but we only promote brands that we think are doing great things and our readers will love!


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Article by Astrid Taemets

When she’s not in the office or chasing a busy toddler, you’ll find Astrid long lunching (meet you at Hellenika?) or perched on a beach somewhere along the coast. Her guilty pleasures include drinking red wine on her deck while trawling the internet for her dream piece of land, and artworks to fill her home with.


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