I have fallen in love with Melbourne the past year I've been here and intend to stay. I love hearing about places to go around Melbourne, exploring them and experiencing them for myself. And am now throwing my lot in with the rest.
Published August 9th 2013
As a previous Queenslander (now Victorian) on a recent trip, I was surprised at the fact that I'd never heard of or visited the Paddington area. I admit I am not a born-and-bred Brisbane-ite, as I grew up north, however I visited Brisbane many a time and was always up for trying new things, exploring new terrain.
If you drive from the Southside like me, you may have to battle city traffic a little to arrive in the area but it's very much worth the effort. The streets off the main shopping/eating precinct have free limitless parking if you follow the signs. Then it's just a short stroll.
The gems in the area, in my humble opinion:
Endeavour Op Shop A beautifully managed Op Shop which is wonderfully presented much like a boutique. The inventory was northing short of mesmerising. There was a large collection of unique retro pieces which were very reasonably priced. Nico Underwear Pop Up Shop
A beautiful little pop up shop in Latrobe terrace. We struck up a chat with the owner who explained all the pieces were ethically produced of organic and beautiful materials. The softest undergarments you will ever touch, utterly sublime.
After a few hours we grew temporarily weary of the shops and decided to go for a wander. The mood for coffee with lunch struck me simultaneously hence the need to find a good cafe, stat! Unfamiliar to the area, this resulted in wandering until we came across an inviting premise. The Ruby Cafe is tucked away, it is cosy and warming. I ordered a flat white with a homemade satay beef pie with chilli jam and house salad. It was delectable. The coffee was rich and velvety, just the way I liked. Good food, good coffee.
Presents of Mind An alternative shop of traditional and not-so-traditional board games, and intelligent and engaging gift ideas.
A gorgeous little shop of eco-friendly and organic products, lotions and potions. Perfect for a little pampering but also had some incredibly practical items - eco friendly and super concentrated laundry powder, anyone?
After a good few hours wandering the seemingly innumerable offerings of Paddington, eventually we retired to go back however it was a great little area I will be returning to, no doubt the next time I return to Brisbane. It is a miniature Mecca of the designer and vintage, with good coffee and food to boot. The area seems to be unperturbed by heavy pedestrian traffic which is always a bonus.