48 hours in Paddington - Visit Brisbane


48 hours in Paddington

Paddington is just outside the heart of the city and is a destination for locals looking to dine, shop and explore its cottage-lined streets. Forty-eight hours is a great amount of time to soak up the chill and shop up a storm in the suburb and neighbouring Rosalie area.

People walking along La Trobe St, Paddington

Paddington is a 5 to 10-minute bus ride from the CBD. Use your GoCard to catch the City Glider (bus 61) from Platform 1 in King George Square. The 385 and 375 buses will also take you there.

Day 1

5pm – Stay in style

There are several bed and breakfasts dotted throughout Paddington and its neighbouring Rosalie and these are ideal to get a sense of the cottage living for which Paddington is famous. Alternatively, the Gambaro Hotel on Caxton St is a little more central to the action and is totally splurge-worthy.

7pm – Join in the action!

Let’s hope you’ve planned the weekend just right and are able to catch a game at Suncorp Stadium. Suncorp is famous for its electrifying atmosphere and depending on the night you could catch a game of rugby league, rugby union or soccer. Occasionally it hosts some big name musical concerts (perhaps you’ve heard of Taylor Swift!?) so it’s definitely a great spot to kick off your weekend festivities.

Even if you’re not here for a big-ticket event, Paddington will not disappoint for some Friday night vibes. Stop in at at the Pizzeria Violetta takeaway window for wood-fired pizza or prepare your senses for a spice explosion at Chinese restaurant Sichuan Bang Bang. Both venues are housed in the same premises so you start with a pizza and then move five metres to your left and finish with some epic Sichuan. 

9pm – Time for a tipple

Darling & Co

To celebrate the beginning of a fun weekend, ring it in with a cocktail at the sophisticated Darling and Co, share a jug at the famous Paddo Hotel or stop in at Little Social. Designed to feel like sitting in a mate’s loungeroom, the old Queenslander vibes of Little Social make for a cosy space. There’s a modern-Australian menu of share plates (think corn fritters, croquettes, oysters) plus beer and sangria on tap and a cocktail menu. Now take yourself home to bed, you’ve got a busy weekend!

Day 2

8am – Get an egg-cellent start to the day

Rise and shine, it’s time for breakfast. It’s a good idea to be up early around these parts because people come from all over to try Paddington’s breakfast delicacies so there’s often a line-up. NaimChapter IV and Westport & Lee Cafe are all within a stone’s throw of each other so you can have a quick menu viewing and select the winner. 

10am – Vintage feels

Paddington Antique Centre

Now that you are well and truly fed, it’s time to fossick. Famous for its antique and vintage wares, you’ll want to leave a few hours to get lost in the wonder that is Empire Revival. Among the antique jewellery and furniture, you’ll find suitcases bursting with vintage finds, old and new fashion pieces and one-of-a-kind knick-knacks. Along the street on either side of the centre are enough vintage and antique stores to keep you intrigued for hours. Among these are some beautiful homewares stores worth a peek as well. 

1pm – Lunch break

All shopped out? Why not take some time out and lie under a tree with some lunch. We Brisbanites love our park time and there’s some beauties around Paddington for you to drop a rug. Grab a salad and some sweets from Botanica Real Food or some sandwich goodies from the Rosalie Gourmet Market and you’re sorted.

Head to Norman Buchan Park on Rainworth Rd, the big oval at Milton State School or Neal Macrossan Playground on Caroline St for some downtime.

7pm – Dinner and drinks

After a relaxing afternoon it’s time to think about food again. Now you’re familiar with the Upper Latrobe neighbourhood, you can try out some of the dinner fare. We recommend Remy’s for casual burgers and live music, or Hai Hai Ramen for soup and beer. Another local favourite is Sassafras. It has a stunning courtyard dotted with fairy lights, and its snack-centric menu is ideal for hours of grazing.

Day 3

10am – Brunch please

It’s been a busy weekend so your first job for the day is to sleep in so that you can take advantage of the Paddington tradition that is brunch. Around these parts brunch is taken seriously and deciding on where you will eat your leisurely eggs will be your biggest task of the morning.  

We suggest checking out perennial favourites Atticus Finch and Anouk, or head to Kettle and Tin for an authentic Paddington Cottage experience. For those of the vegetarian and vegan persuasion, Fundies is a guaranteed win. Wherever you choose the trick is to take your time, have that extra coffee and watch the world go by.

Noon – Treat yo’self!

Once you’re all brunched out and appropriately caffeinated, it’s time to hit the pavement. Paddington is famous for its boutiques and retro stores, and the best way to see them all is to walk up one side of Given Terrace and then back down the other, guaranteeing that no bargain or vintage treasure will be missed.
Some of our favourites include Olive Home, Living Silk, PetrolBlake and Taylor, Ra Ra Superstar and Retro Metro

6pm – Dinner and a movie

Pop on your new outfit (assuming your shopping trip was successful), it’s time to head out for a night at the movies. Rosalie is home to the Blue Room Cinebar a boutique cinema that combines arthouse and mainstream movies with a glamourous bar and food. Eat your dinner during the movie and accompany it with a couple of glasses of wine for the ultimate date night.

9pm – Eat gelato, smile big 

La Marcelleria

There’s nothing better than catching up post-movie to dissect the story, and we suggest doing this while enjoying some of Brisbane’s best gelato at Gelateria Cremona. Flavours change daily and will add a sweet finish to what has no doubt been a delicious weekend.

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