HomeThings To DoFrom Bloody Marys to Bargain Hunting: Here’s What To Do In Paddington

From Bloody Marys to Bargain Hunting: Here’s What To Do In Paddington

If you’re wondering just what to do in Paddington, wonder no more. 

We’ve rounded up the best bars, eateries and things to do in Paddington.

So grab a mate or date and make a day of it in Brisbane’s hilliest suburb.

Chapter IV

Ideal For: Banging All Day Breakfasts

Looking for brekky with a view? Chapter IV is the place. From the quaint deck overlooking breathtaking views of Brisbane, you can enjoy an ever-inspiring, all-day breakfast menu, along with your favourite cup of java. 

The building itself encapsulates all things Paddington: an iconic Queenslander converted to this beautiful new space. The team first opened in 2015 and have been wildly popular ever since.

If you really want to treat yourself you can’t go past their Bacon Carbonara Croquettes.

Image Credit: @chapterivpaddington

Paddington Social

Ideal For: Breakfast, Lunch AND Dinner

Chefs Gibbi, Tyler and Alex partner together for this Cafe turned Restaurant. 

Paddington Social is quite a unique culinary experience. Cafe food meets Thai, with plenty of fresh pastries and fantastic coffee to boot.

Each of the chefs have spent years mastering their crafts and brought their influence to the menu, and you can really see it shine through in their dishes.

Open 7 days a week for Breakfast and Lunch, or pop in from Tuesday to Sunday for dinner at the oh so charming pop-up thai restaurant. 

Image Credit: @paddington_social


Ideal For: Middle-Eastern Inspired Eats

Literally translating to “Happiness; Comfort”, Naim creates just that. 

San Franciscan Mourad introduces contemporary middle eastern dining with a “playful yet practical” approach. 

You’ll find Tiramisu waffles, alongside other traditional Israeli, Tunisian, Moroccan breakfast dishes, or delectable cocktails with your dinner (on weekends). 

Emily Yeoh

Ideal For: True Authentic Malay Cuisine

As the creation of a former Masterchef contestant by the same name, Emily Yeoh offers authentic Malaysian and Cantonese classics (inspired by her grandmother) with a contemporary twist. 

This restaurant takes pride in its farm-to-table values, Emily even growing some of the food used in the restaurant in her own garden. 

We’re personally suckers for the Smoked House-Roasted Duck.

Darling & Co

Ideal For: Sipping on Your Favourite Cocktails

Bottomless brunches, Tuesday Trivia, and a whole month dedicated to our favourite cocktails, what’s not to love about Darling and Co? 

A sophisticated yet inviting bar lodged between the rowdy sports bars of Given Terrace, Darling & Co provides delicious breakfasts, bar nibbles, cocktails, wines and a la carte dining. 

It’s also an absolutely stellar spot for functions.

Bonus Feature: Unforgiven

This dark and hidden cocktail bar residing below Darling & Co, gives off luxurious, cosy, candlelit moods, accompanied by the sounds of a jukebox. With a range of craft beers, top shelf spirits, and of course, decadent cocktails – this is the perfect spot for your Saturday night catch up or a special event. 

Image Credit: @unforgivenpaddington


Ideal For: Your Burger Fix

Craving a burger? Remy’s is serving up mouthwatering classics and comfort food from a casual diner-style cafe. 

They’re known for some seriously sensational burgers, but that’s not all they do.

Devour hearty breakfasts,  bulk wings for $15 (Every Wednesday) or 2 for 1 burgers on Sundays. And they’re dog friendly!

Image Credit: @remysbne 

Kettle & Tin

Ideal For: Really Good Bloody Marys

This cosy, familiar joint is regularly regarded as boasting one of the best Bloody Marys in Brisbane.

Kettle & Tin features Australian-style dining, trivia, craft beers and an in-house smoker. 

Come and share asian-latino tapas and celebrate fresh local produce at the Tin at Twilight – on every Sunday.

Neighbourhood Cellars

Ideal For: A Wine Tasting Event or Masterclass

Fancy yourself quite the oenophile? Neighbourhood Cellars stocks a wide and varied selection of local and international wines.

Their teams knowledge of all things from the vine is virtually unparalleled.

Experience it for yourself with their in-store tastings, masterclasses and events, or simply pick up a bottle to go.

Image Credit: @neighbourhoodcellars

Empire Revival

Ideal For: Antique Hunting

Otherwise known as Paddington Antique Centre.

A unique retail experience which will inspire and amaze you, at Empire Revival you can find statement vintage clothing, perfectly-presented antique furniture memorabilia, ornaments and trinkets galore. 

One of Paddington’s most iconic buildings, you can’t possibly miss it. A former cinema, this building is Heritage Listed and a treasure in and of itself.

Retro Metro

Ideal For: Retro Clothing & Collectibles

The go-to spot for nostalgic and revived fashion pieces, and bits and bobs from way-back. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind find, a bodacious blazer or an iconic item, or just wanting a trip down memory lane, Retro-Metro is a must-visit.

Did we miss your favourite Paddington pastime? Send us an email at editor@mybrisbane.com

Marie Eden
Brunch fanatic, with a love for coffee that borders on obsessive. I love all things local Brisbane, and unearthing the latest and greatest Brisbane has to offer.

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