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Exploring the Magic of Paddington

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by Jenny Penny (subscribe)
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.

Que Paddington.
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

Nico Underwear Pop Up Shop
35 Latrobe Tce, Paddington

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.

Ruby Cafe

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.

Biome Eco Store
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.

Paddington, let me count the ways I love thee.
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Why? Because it's there, and it's wonderful
Where: Latrobe Terrace area, Paddington
Your Comment
Paddington is a lovely suburb, I lived in Brisbane for years, but never explored it enough.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2663 days ago
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