Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Paddington & Centennial Park

Centennial Park

Scratched out of the sand in 1888 in grand Victorian style, Sydney’s biggest park is a rambling 189-hectare expanse full of horse riders, joggers, cyclists and in-line skaters. Grab a park map at any of the entrance…
Top Choice Spectator Sport in Paddington & Centennial Park

Sydney Cricket Ground

During the cricket season (October to March), the stately SCG is the venue for sparsely attended interstate cricket matches (featuring the NSW Blues), family-friendly Big Bash extravaganzas and sell-out internationa…
Top Choice Seafood in Paddington & Centennial Park

Saint Peter

Fish has sometimes been left behind in the race for nose-to-tailery, pulled meat and burgerization of any land-based beast. It reclaims its deserved preeminence here, with an inspiring, innovative changing menu. Age…
Top Choice Horse Racing in Paddington & Centennial Park

Royal Randwick Racecourse

The action at Sydney's most famous racecourse peaks in April with several high-profile races, including the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes; check the online calendar for race days, which are normally every second…
Top Choice Jewellery in Paddington & Centennial Park

Dinosaur Designs

This tiny store is a visual treat. Richly coloured, translucent resin bangles and baubles sit among technicoloured vases and bowls, and chunky sterling-silver rings and necklaces. It's all beautiful, hand-made in Sy…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Paddington & Centennial Park

Alicia Hollen

Edgy but optimistic, avant-garde yet wearable; the bright designs of Alicia Hollen are seasonal statement wear. Striking and original. It often opens on Sunday too.
Top Choice Italian in Paddington & Centennial Park

Marta

Set back from a showroom on its own sunny square – or should that be piazza? – this seductive spot focuses on traditional recipes from Rome and its region. Fairly priced and richly flavoured plates blend vernacular …
Top Choice Pub in Paddington & Centennial Park

Unicorn

This spacious art-deco pub is casual and unpretentious, a fine place to sink a few craft beers, sip some Australian wines or try out the pool table atop a Persian-style rug. Burgers are the highlight of the OK eatin…
Spectator Sport in Paddington & Centennial Park

Sydney Football Stadium

It's now officially named after an insurance company, but these naming rights change periodically, so we'll stick with the untainted-by-sponsorship moniker for this elegant 45,500-capacity stadium. It's home to loca…
Market in Paddington & Centennial Park

Paddington Markets

Originating in the 1970s, when they were drenched in the scent of patchouli oil, these markets are considerably more mainstream these days. They're still worth exploring for their new and vintage clothing, crafts an…