Paddington Brisbane's Top 10 Must Do's

by Jodi Panayotov

The picturesque tin and timber topped hills of historical Paddington are packed with treasures, from cafes, bars, boutiques and galleries to churches and heritage houses.

With so many great things to do and see, picking the best isn’t easy, but we’ve narrowed it down to this bucket list of the top ten Must Do’s of Paddington.

Paddington Antique Centre

Set inside the faded grand shell of the old Plaza Theatre is Brisbane’s premier vintage and antique destination, with a quaint in house café.

Government House

Standing sentinel on its own hilly estate in the middle of Paddington is the palatial white residence that has hosted 100 years of royalty and visiting dignitaries.

The Barracks

The historic Police Barracks on the site of Brisbane’s first prison have been converted into a buzzy and atmospheric cinema, bar and restaurant precinct.

Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall

A majestic 19th century hall and sometime burlesque strip club turned splendid late night bar and live country music venue, beer and whisky bar with deep southern bar food.

Retro Shopping

Paddington is Brisbane’s leading retro shopping precinct, from upmarket designer to bargain basement Vinnies.



Kettle and Tin

Quintessential Brisbane bar in a converted Queenslander cottage with street terrace out front and district views out back. Drop by for a foodie’s breakfast or evening cocktail.

Paddington Walk

The hilly streets of Paddington are steeped in history. Soak up the sights, street scene and architecture on this scenic walk.


Paddington’s popular breakfast café in the old apothecary has them queuing on the weekends and features an changing creative menu for breakfast and lunch.


Brisbane's best French restaurant and Paddo institution is abuzz on week nights and weekday lunchtimes. Make like a Parisien and take a seat at the bar for lunch or book one of the 2 dinner sittings.

Indie Boutique Shopping

Paddington's historic shopping strips are a mini mecca for indie fashion, design and homeware boutiques, from Bris designers such as Sacha Drake to gorgeous eclectic shops like Green Tangerine , Blake and Taylor and Happiness Place

The Lark


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