Ever notice how many great cafes there are in Paddington? It seems you can’t turn a street corner in ‘Paddo’ without being seduced by the aromas of the latest, hottest roast, or discovering a new establishment you weren’t previously aware of. Many of the best Paddington cafes can be found on or around Oxford Street. Serving up the most delicious pastries, toasties and house blends, they also all offer something different in terms of vibe and setting too. Here are some of our favourites.
Authentic Swedish culture in Sydney? Funkis has got all those muted colours and natural lighting homewares, fine-cut fashion, and other essential accessories for anyone trying to emulate that Scandinavian design. Köket adjoins via the courtyard where organic open sandwiches and cinnamon buns are championed.
202 Oxford St, Paddington
What happens when you love Parisian culture and cuisine but you live in Sydney? Staring your own bistro on Oxford Street is a passionate project of the owners who typify French fare with baguettes, bourguignon and much more. Lautrec doubles up as a gallery and occasional auction house, check it out for fine antiques and continental collectibles.
450 Oxford St, Paddington
At the juncture of Oxford Street and Lang Street, Jozo overlooks the luscious green space of Centennial Park in a building with over 100 years of history – indeed, there are seldom more beautiful and photogenic spots to drink coffee in Sydney. Breakfast and lunch are catered for with a deep menu headlined by the famous poke bowl. Friday nights allows the hard liquor flow as ‘Jazz Fridays’ start the party with a juicy cocktail selection during this weekly special.
495 Oxford St, Paddington
Tucked in a courtyard just off Oxford Street, Four Six Eight offers a tranquil coffee as well as striving toward healthy and affordable dinners from its kitchen. While the menu is seasonal and subject to change, Asian dishes including pho, skewers and ramen are regularly promoted with all diets catered for.
468 Oxford St, Paddington
The Franchi Brothers celebrate both Italian street grub and wholesome comfort food with their culture-curated Tramezzo espresso bar. The mid-morning exposed brick oozes the smell of freshly ground coffee, giving an authentic piece of Rome. Come the afternoon, it’s joined by the heavenly scent of fresh pizza.
394 Oxford St, Paddington
Exactly as the name suggests, this suave Oxford Street curbside café offers an extensive menu serving up all kinds of breakfast and lunch options – from Miso Bowls, Goji, Museli and Smoked Beef Sandwiches. After 10 years of serving up local coffee, culture and great food it’s become a hallmark of Paddington’s eatery scene.
264 Oxford St, Paddington
With an ever-changing single-origin option, Sonder is a place for coffee lovers. The intricacies of flavour combined with the floor-to-ceiling murals make it feel like home. The Australian-fusion kitchen rules out no option having cited Italian and Thai inspirations in their latest dishes.
227 Glenmore Rd, Paddington
Belonging to the Fiveways collective, Juniper redefines brunch with an extensive foodie menu offering a multitude of courses, including tzatziki wraps, eggs-every-way and smoked steak sandwiches. After which watch the world go by from Glenmore Road with a sun-soaked cocktail from the extensive bar.
225 Glenmore Rd, Paddington
A quaint eatery in the east of Paddington, Gusto is spoiled for outdoor space to enjoy its international menu ranging from Italian loaves of bread, green salads and the occasional pan-Asian curry with Indonesian cuisine recently appearing on the menu.
226 Glenmore Rd, Paddington
Perched on the corner of Heeley Street, Café Fiveways encapsulates that effortlessly cool continental coffee sophistication. The vibrantly coloured smoothies and never-ending pastry display compliment the preserved local heritage of Paddington.
2A Heeley St, Paddington
Known as one of the best book shops in Sydney. Here at Ampersand Cafe, we have more than 30,000 books spread over 3 floors. Simply take one off the shelf and peruse while you enjoy our coffee and fare. Find one you can’t put down? All books are available for sale. Simply pay with our friendly staff at the front counter.
78 Oxford St, Paddington