Dining Paddington and Rosalie

Boutique cocktail lounges, casual pubs and restaurants with diverse flavours make Paddington and Rosalie a thriving dining precinct.

Settled in the 1860s, Paddington is a suburb of leafy hills, quaint cottages and traditional Queenslander-style houses. It also is home to the famed Paddington Tavern, which takes pride of place in Given Terrace.

The Paddo, as it is known by locals, features multiple bars, a gaming room, a casual-dining restaurant and the popular Sit Down Comedy Club. The main strip of Given Tce also has a number of nightclubs and restaurants. The authentic Grappino Trattoria serves delicious, home-style fare with Italian wine, while the Iceworks Restaurant and Lounge Bar offers casual all-day dining. Its modern menu has everything from shared tapas plates to delicious wood-fired pizzas, fish, pasta and wagyu rump steaks.

Paddington’s latest addition, Anouk, delivers great food in trendy surrounds with a relaxed and friendly touch. This cosy 60-seater was established by local restaurateurs Justine Whelan and Kellee Robinson, whose previous successes include the Gunshop Cafe and Tongue and Groove.

Lure on Latrobe has a low-key, relaxed vibe, even during busier periods. An open courtyard that spills out from the cosy cafe is replete with umbrellas, plants and a homely wooden deck. An alluring breakfast menu includes zucchini and haloumi fritters with poached eggs, or creamed corn and polenta cake with smoked salmon and eggs.

A broad menu and quirky furniture make Sassafras stand out from the crowd. In an old Paddington cottage, Sassafras has an ensemble of all things pre-loved – a collection of individual tables, chairs and cheese wheels, gathered from history and placed throughout its several rooms and a foliage-rich courtyard.

The Kettle & Tin offers a sophisticated yet friendly all-day-dining menu that will have you coming back for more. Renewing the space that was the Pandemonium, the Kettle & Tin is developing its own characteristics, with hand-drawn artworks stretching across the walls, and a comprehensive cocktail list. Ruby is another cafe worth stopping by for coffee and a treat. 

Similar to Paddington, Rosalie’s bars and pubs are the perfect meeting places. Among the popular eateries is Salt. An ever-changing menu combines simple cafe fare with more complex dishes, including Mediterranean and Asian flavours.

For an intimate and stylish experience, head to the Blue Room Cinebar. The luxury, boutique twin cinema in the heart of popular Rosalie Village screens art-house, independent and mainstream films. Enjoy a glass of wine or premium beer, appetisers and light meals while watching one of the latest Hollywood films.