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Spend a Day in the Heart of Paddington - Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace

Wednesday October 24, 2018 ● By Emma Atkin // Place New Farm

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Spend just one day getting lost in Paddington’s charming streets, and we can guarantee you’ll fall in love. 

Paddington is Brisbane’s hub for eclectic vintage shops, retro cafes and trendy bars. For those looking to live the ultimate trendy lifestyle, you’ll be right at home in one of Paddington’s spacious Queenslanders or workers cottages.  

If you want to better get to know this suburb, we’ve planned a day visiting some of our favourite locations to give you the ultimate Paddington experience. 

Paddington’s two arterial avenues are Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace. Both play host to one of Brisbane’s best shopping districts – well-known destinations for everything from unique formal dresses to treasured antiques.  

Start at the top end of Latrobe Terrace, and by the end of the day you’ll have meandered all the way down to Given Terrace. 




Chapter IV 

180 Latrobe Terrace 

Fuel your body for a big day ahead at Chapter IV! Serving up everything from big breakfasts to nourish bowls, there’s something for everyone. Make sure you compliment your meal with one of their famous cappuccinos – you'll need the caffeine! 

9:30am: Antique Hunting 

Empire Revival 

167 Latrobe Terrace 

Take time relishing in one of Brisbane’s oldest, most iconic buildings. Empire Revival is located inside a heritage-listed plaza theatre constructed in 1929, now one of only two atmospheric art deco theatre buildings in Australia.  

As you step through their doors, you’ll enter another world of unique treasures and eclectic homewares. If you’re a fan of all things edgy and one-of-a-kind, we guarantee you’ll be in heaven. 

Yesterday’s Books and Things 

137 Latrobe Terrace 

Yesterday’s books and things: Step inside this old workers’ cottage and you’ll find bargains galore. This store has an eclectic mix of everything from days of old, from vintage DVDs, your dad’s favourite CD’s to high-end magazines.  

If you appreciate a good op-shop, be sure to stop by as all money raised in store supports the brain injury work of The Developing Foundation. 

11:30am: Get Accessorised   

Thousand Island Dressing 

129 Latrobe Terrace 

Thousand Island Dressing is a Paddington local’s favourite go-to for those last minute jewellery needs. For over ten years, Thousand Island Dressing have been supplying some of the best gifts, cute cards and edgy jewels in Brisbane.  

12:00pm: Lunch  

Il Posto 

107 Latrobe Terrace 

Translated in English as ‘the Place’ (we like it already), Il Posto serve up arguably the most mouth-watering, hand crafted pizza in Brisbane.  

All ingredients are locally sourced and fresh as they come. Their authentic Italian chefs bring years of knowledge to the table, with service to match.  

2:00pm: Vintage  

Vinnies Paddington 

16 Latrobe Terrace 

Everyone’s favourite op-shop, good old Vinnies. The Paddington store has a reputation for being one of the best in Brisbane, loved by locals and destination shoppers alike.  

Retro Metro 

297 Given Terrace 

Retro Metro is infamous within the Paddington retail scene. Perhaps one of the suburbs' oldest and most beloved icons, the store is the number one destination in Brisbane for tracking down that one-of-a-kind piece of retro clothing. 

Ra Ra Superstar 

284 Given Terrace 

Follow the hot-pink laneway off Given Terrace, and you’ll enter the whimsical world of Ra Ra Superstar. All their stock is sustainable, hand-made, and originally designed, perfect for the quirky dresser.  

4:00pm: Afternoon Drinks 

Darling & Co 

157 Given Terrace, Paddington 

Continue strolling down Given Terrace and you’ll see the Caxton Street intersection, home to Suncorp Stadium. If you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up to celebrate all your hard work and new purchases, look to your left and you’ll find Darling & Co.  

Pouring up every fruity cocktail you could imagine, and a wine list to quench your thirst, what better way to finish your day in Paddington than at Darling & Co.