Paddington has a low violent crime rate and a low property crime rate for Sydney.
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Paddington is an affluent, stylish suburb in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Once a working class neighborhood, it began gentrifying in the 1960s are buyers snapped up its beautiful Victorian-style terraces, many of which date to the early 1800s. The northern part of Paddington slopes towards Sydney Harbour, giving many of its residents an amazing view. This is a popular neighborhood for expats.
Paddington is a shopper's mecca. Along its main drag, Oxford Street, are chic boutiques, jewelers, luxe furniture stores, a independent cinema, and art galleries. More art galleries abound on its leafy side streets. On Saturdays local designers and craftsmen (and women) set up shop at the Paddington Markets on the grounds of the historic Paddington Uniting Church.
Along with great shopping come some of the best restaurants in the city. Take your pick of high end restaurants with celebrity chefs or comfort fare at one of the area's many hotels.
Adding to the dining and shopping options, Paddington is just north of Moore Park and its stadiums and the theaters, cinemas, and restaurants of its Entertainment Quarter. Centennial Park is next door as well.
Paddington is bordered on the north by Rushcutters Bay and Edgecliff, on the east by Woollahra, on the south by Centennial Park and Moore Park, and on the west by Darlinghurst.
CBD: 5 km / 10-20 minutes by car / 15-20 minutes by transit
Chatswood: 15 km / 25-35 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit
Parramatta: 27 km / 40-70 minutes by car / 55-60 minutes by transit
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