Colloquially known as “Paddo”, Paddington is considered to be the most cosmopolitan of Sydney NSW’s Eastern Suburbs.
The area’s vibrant cultural and artistic history has long attracted residents who are looking for a unique and refreshing place to live. Since the 19th century Paddington has been most popular among the middle class.
Paddington is serviced by multiple public buses that provide transport to the Sydney central business district as well as other suburbs.
Paddington lies in an area that was originally occupied by the Cadigal people, who were also the original owners of what is now the Sydney CBD. The land was then developed in the 1820s by ex-convict and gin distiller Robert Cooper. In the mid 1960s the area began attracting a large arts community and was soon taken over by the bohemian culture.
Today the suburb’s rich and varied history has blended into one of Sydney’s most popular and recognisable districts.
Community and Recreation
The arts community is still alive and well in Paddington. Galleries feature beautiful examples of local Australian artists, with an emphasis on the bohemian vibe that made Paddington famous.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy Paddington’s famous shopping districts. The suburb offers Sydney’s largest variety of boutique and chain fashion stores on Oxford Street, Glenmore Road and William Street. After a day of shopping, Five Ways nestled in the backstreets of Paddington, offers the perfect pit stop with a wide range of cafes and bars.
For those who prefer the open outdoors, Centennial Park is a stone’s throw away. The beautiful parklands are a regular destination for Sydney’s outdoor events, cyclists, runners, walkers and picnic lovers.
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