Monday, January 11, 2010

Neighborhood Watch: Paddington & Darlinghurst

We decided to spend the day in a couple of Sydney's great neighborhoods - Paddington and Darlinghurst. The Paddington neighborhood boasts a great weekend market with vendors selling clothing, jewelery, bags, books, vintage items, housewares, some food and local arts and crafts. We came away from this great weekend market with some new clothes, jewelry and terrific souvenirs.Paddington's weekend market was a great reason to get up early and explore the western side of Sydney on foot. As we walked up Oxford Street we just let the streets decide which direction we would go. We were drawn to the lovely tree lined streets and stacked row houses and slowly made our way through the neighborhoods.These neighborhoods seemed like typical English style homes seen all over London, with short front yards, straight facades and lots of wrought iron.What else makes a great neighborhood are the local establishments tucked into the charming streets and Darlinghurst and Paddington definitely had that going for it.At one point we walked into what seemed like a local convenient store/deli looking for something to drink and what we found was an enormous food heaven selling the most delicious looking schnitzels, fries, pizzas, sandwiches, pastries, mac n' cheese slices (yes, slices). Unfortunately we weren't hungry, but we left wishes our neighborhood back home had some of the stores found in the Paddington and Darlinghurst neighborhoods, especially that store/deli!

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