Weaving through the leafy streets of Paddington, it’s almost impossible to resist the chic boutiques, gorgeous galleries and array of trendy neighbourhood eateries. Tucked between the city and the beach, this stylish suburb has a laid-back village vibe, with friendly patrons that remember your name.
Be lured by the smell of freshly brewed coffee and delicious gourmet goodies – these Paddington cafés are a treat for the senses. Whether you want to grab-and-go or stay for the long haul, we’ve handpicked the best Paddington cafés for your next morning, lunchtime or afternoon coffee fix.
If you score a seat in Jackie’s sun-drenched courtyard, you’re off to a stellar start. Sitting on the stylish strip of Glenmore Road, the Paddington café is an institution. Jackies serves up a mix of Australian and Japanese dishes and locals love the parmesan scrambled eggs, green veggie bowl and crusty sourdough sandwiches. Inside, the sushi bar serves up fresh rolls and sashimi and is the place to see-and-be-seen after dark.
1C Glenmore Road, Paddington
Opened by the brothers behind Cipri Italian, Barbetta is an all-day cafe serving up Italian cuisine and hospitality. Whether it’s a casual breakfast, mid-morning coffee or afternoon bite, there is something fresh and delectable to be devoured. To kick off your day on a delicious note, order the ‘carbonara Australiana’: scrambled eggs on sourdough with lashings of pecorino, black pepper and crispy bacon. Come lunchtime, stick to the café’s signatures: the lasagne and bombe (Italian doughnut).
2 Elizabeth Street, Paddington
There is so much to love about this bakery-slash-café. Infinity Bakery has a rustic-chic feel to it, the café’s menu is kept simple and naturally focuses on the breads they bake in-house (seriously you need to ty the sourdough). On your way out stock up on their bread and pastry selection.
178 Oxford Street, Paddington
At this baking giant’s Paddington branch, the question is: how do you take your sourdough? Do you like it slathered with a layer of house jam or avocado? Topped with poached eggs and chives? Dunked in a hearty soup? Or filled with oozing cheese in a croque madame? Sonoma does it all, though you can also switch it up with porridge, muesli, salads and tartines.
241B Glenmore Road, Paddington
Nothing beats curling up with a book and a cuppa, and when you throw a delicious dish into the mix, that’s a win! Part of the beloved Berkelouw bookstore, Café 1812 is as cosy as it gets. This Paddington cafés serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and was inspired by the European salons where creatives would meet to chat, drink and workshop their ideas. Grab a book and a buddy, and do same over a toastie or cheese platter.
19 Oxford Street, Paddington
A slice of Sweden in Sydney, Köket is – in a word – lovely. Stock up on gorgeous homewares, clothes and accessories at Funkis, and then stroll outside to the café, which sits in the store’s backyard. Inspired by Scandinavian cuisine, the café serves up an organic menu of skagen (open-faced sandwiches), baked eggs, muesli and meat dishes. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the kanelbulle (cinnamon bun).
202 Oxford Street, Paddington
The cafés we go back to time and time again are the ones that feel like home. And that’s exactly why we like Sonder. The team took over a terrace house and made it their own with colourful floor-to-ceiling murals, mismatched furniture, flowers, mellow music, and sun-soaked outdoor areas. Go regularly, and the staff will lead you right to your favourite nook. Once you’re settled, feast on the corn fritters or try the savoury French toast.
227 Glenmore Road, Paddington
Housed inside a two-story cafe which sprawls onto an open terrace, Ampersand serves exceptional coffee and breakfast dishes that won’t disappoint. Lunch is also notable and the book selection is varied with the opportunity to find a good read - a chance always worth taking.
78 Oxford Street, Paddington
Just like its sister spot, Scout’s Honour in Redfern, this café is all about letting the ingredients speak for themselves. The menu is made up of sandwiches, salads and buddha bowls brimming with beautiful, wholesome ingredients: think fresh veggies, lean meats, nuts, seeds and herbs. Start your day with coffee and the zucchini omelette, then loop back for a poke bowl lunch.
33 Albion Ave, Paddington