When I googled ‘Paddington’ prior to our arrival, I didn’t find much – so I wasn’t expecting much either. Well…‘Expect the Unexpected’ is one of my favourite slogans for good reason. It is suburbs like this that remind me, time and time again, why I love being surprised during my travels. I would even go as far as to say:
if you haven’t ventured out into Brisbane’s suburbs, you haven’t seen the real Brisbane!
Paddington is just one of those incredibly arty, out-of-the-ordinary, charming places you’d never want to leave again.
Yes, the beach down at South Bank is marvellous. The CBD has its cool spots too. And well, who blames you for indulging at Max Brenner for hours? But, for me personally, Paddington, a small suburb hidden in a valley in the foothills of Mount Coot-tha, was the highlight of our brief trip to Brizzy.
And here is why:
1) It’s simply Beautiful !
It’s the sort of place you would want to move to (if you could afford it – as Paddington has, over the years, become a very well-to-do area). Nestled on top of a hill overlooking Brisbane, most houses are built on terraces and have corrugated iron roofs – something I’ve only ever seen in Queensland, Australia so far. It’s like something out of a film.
If the Gilmore Girls were Australian – this would be their chosen home town – at least in my imagination…
2) It’s modern Retro !
The main roads, where you’ll find all the pretty little shops photographed here, are Latrobe Terrace, Given Terrace and Caxton Street – with Latrobe being my favourite. We spent a beautiful afternoon admiring all the tastefully decorated shops, drank delicious chai lattes en route and marvelled at the photographs I had taken (not because of my photographic skills…just because this place is so damn cute). We also loved that the place was full of vintage furniture stores and second-hand clothing shops – it kind of felt as if we had travelled back in time – to
…you know…when our parents were young.
3) It’s Laid-Back !
It’s simply gotta be on your list of things to do when travelling through Queensland. It’s the perfect place to soak up the local ‘easy-going’ mentality the Queenslanders are so famous for. And I don’t mean that in a bad way! It’s called the sunshine state for good reason – if you fancy doing nothing else than just lazing in the sun, reading a book and ordering one traditional soda after another at the gorgeous Atticus Finch cafe….this would totally be alright, you know? Too easy!
4) There is always something to Do !
Similarly to the ueber-trendy Brunswick street, I had spoken about earlier this month, there are some pretty cool things to do out here in Paddington. If you get bored easily, like me: fear not! There is a good chance you’ll find something here to do that you’ve never done before! Check KNITCH’s website ahead of your visit, for instance, and enroll in a knitting workshop. Of course, as you know, I’m a sucker for all things Yoga – if you are too, book yourself in for a yoga lesson at Santocha in Paddington. They also offer regular retreats and workshops which you may want to check out too.
And lastly, another one of my favourite things to do in Paddington: doesn’t anyone just love flowers? Well good, because Francesca’s Flowers regularly hosts flower workshops – so you too can create the perfect floral design.
If this is all too girly for you – make sure to check Weekendnotes’ website – you’ll surely find something cool to do over at Brisbane’s coolest suburb.
***How do you get here? Take busses 385, 375 or 61 straight to Paddington from the city centre – for a live update on bus times, check Translink’s website on here.
The Maroon City Glider also takes you past Paddington, and has the option to hop off along other very scenic streets in other suburbs. Here you can download the map in PDF format for on overview.
Have you ever been to Paddington? Do you also sometimes prefer the quaint little suburbs to the bigger cities? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.