Ideally you should allow at least a week to wallow in the ecstasy that is Paddington shopping.
A truck would be handy too, for carting home your haul of goodies.
But even if time and trucks are not on your side, a shopping trip to the spiritual home of Australia’s style aficionados is a pleasure not to be missed.
Slick, sleek, chic and eclectic, Paddington is a treasure trove of cutting-edge designer stores, intriguing boutiques, brilliantly creative emporiums, impossibly hip art galleries, high-end vintage shops and iconic specialty stores.
Mix it up with historic architecture, relaxed café society and funky pubs, and it’s no wonder Paddington shopping is number one for locals and visitors, alike.
Our advice: start at the top of Oxford Street and work your way down, taking in the side-streets as you go. Some try to do one side, then the other. This is virtually impossible as the temptation to cross the road to check out a just-spotted must-see shop is irresistible.
Along the two-kilometre ‘designer strip’ on Oxford Street, you’ll encounter a bevy of big names, including Sass & Bide and Willow at The Intersection, Dinosaur Designs, Ginger and Smart, Kate Sylvester, Lucette, Alannah Hill, Come as You Are and the fabulous High Tea with Mrs Woo, to name but a few of the very many.
If you love books, Berkelouw Books will make your heart thump. Its three storeys are fully loaded with cool books – some rare, some new, some secondhand. It’s open till late at night and there’s a great café upstairs. Also see Ariel Booksellers for the latest novels and tomes on art and design.
Don’t miss exploring William Street – off Oxford – on the right hand side, heading towards the city. Delicious discoveries include to-die-for lingerie at Elegantly Scant and hand-made delights at Just William Chocolates. White Suede, Nudie Jean Co. Concept Store and The Corner Shop are here too, along with Jac+Jack, Marourg, and designer cobbler Andrew McDonald.
Other must-visit Paddington shopping streets include Glenmore Road, South Dowling Street and Victoria Road. Also check out Five Ways Paddington just north of Oxford Street.
Paddington Shopping – Paddington Market
Famous Paddington Market is the showcase for up and coming talents in art, design and fashion. There are around 250 stalls to enjoy. It’s a sensational place to shop for original and beautifully made gifts for friends and family. The prices are good, too.
Paddington Market is held every Saturday in Oxford Street.