Paddington is best known for its architectural heritage and conservation with street after street of restored early Victorian terrace houses. This inner-city area was originally considered a slum like so many suburbs in Sydney. Decade after decade the changing face of Paddington and its residents has moved with the times – from the working-class to the migrants then the hippies and students until its gentrification.
It always maintained its unique historical and aesthetic appeal but really started to evolve in the 1980s and 1990s as a cool, creative hub. Young designers set up boutique stores along with the artisan weekend markets making it a popular shopping destination. A string of clubs and bars attracted the hip crowd so there was always an exciting energy. I hold many fond memories during this era so it was a shame that this vibe changed drastically over the last few years. Thankfully it seems to be having a resurgence so I’m hoping that it can get back to its heyday.