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4 Reasons why you need to visit Paddington (Brisbane)

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.

Paddington - Brisbane's trendiest suburb

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:

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Paddington - Brisbane's trendiest 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.

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Have you ever been to Paddington? Do you also sometimes prefer the Heart Iconquaint little suburbs to the bigger cities? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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22 Comments

  • Katja

    04.03.2016 at 23:57 Reply

    I visited Paddington when I went to Brisbane some 8-ish years ago and loved it then! I’m a big fan of small, colourful, independent neighbourhoods like this one!

    • Serendipity Tess

      05.03.2016 at 09:48 Reply

      Me too! I’m always on the look-out for quirky neighbourhoods.

  • Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers

    05.03.2016 at 00:44 Reply

    Brisbane has it’s share of quirky suburbs and Paddington is definitely one of them, next time you might want to add Bulimba and Westend along the river to your list or head out to Manly for some sea breeze.
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    • Serendipity Tess

      05.03.2016 at 09:47 Reply

      Hey Toni 🙂 i’ve actually visited Manly and loved it! I’ll make sure to check out the other two towns when I’m back in Aus one day! 🙂

  • Anda

    05.03.2016 at 14:06 Reply

    Paddington seems like such a nice suburb of Brisbane! I wish I could visit it someday. I love these kind of colorful neighborhoods.

  • shiv

    05.03.2016 at 19:38 Reply

    I always prefer giant little suburbs to little cities!

  • mark

    05.03.2016 at 19:41 Reply

    looks nice will put it on the list when we hit up Brisvegas

  • Traveling Rockhopper

    06.03.2016 at 03:36 Reply

    It looks really great!
    Maybe next winter, I mean summer 😉 because last time we skipped it, our plan was too busy…
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  • Natasha Amar

    06.03.2016 at 03:59 Reply

    I love discovering quirky neighborhoods like Paddington. I usually travel slow so I can do things like that. Great photos by the way!

    • Serendipity Tess

      06.03.2016 at 07:32 Reply

      Me too! Especially in bigger cities…it’s always refreshing to see where the locals actually live 🙂

  • Elaine Masters

    06.03.2016 at 12:58 Reply

    It’s just the kind of neighborhood I’d love to explore too. Vintage stores, cool cafes, fun shops. I need to visit Brisbane.

  • Natalie

    06.03.2016 at 14:58 Reply

    This also sounds like my kind of city to live in as well! I’ll have to keep this place in mind if I visit Brisbane so that I can stay there 🙂

  • Nisha

    06.03.2016 at 15:51 Reply

    Your reasons are fair enough to make me go there again. 🙂

  • David C

    19.03.2016 at 23:30 Reply

    I live in the area with my wife and two kids and ride my bicycle along Latrobe Tce on my daily commute. I adore all the hills and windy back lanes with the tin and timber queenslander homes cascading down the sides of the foothills.

    A bonus is the local back streets are so hilly, windy and confusing we get very few rat runners and relatively quiet traffic as only us locals can find the way out 🙂

    I’m always seeing new things and just love the feel of the area. Feel very lucky to live here only a few kilometres from a big city.

    • Serendipity Tess

      21.03.2016 at 09:19 Reply

      Oh wow David! It means a lot to me that a true local comments on this post! And I’m beyond jealous that you live in Paddington! I would move there in a heartbeat 😀 You are very lucky indeed and thank you again for popping by!

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