“Small is beautiful.”
William Street in Paddington is considered Sydney’s most enjoyable shopping experience and not generally seen by visitors and tourists (unless you know about it). This little street, running off the main strip of Oxford Street is lined with beautiful little Victorian terraces that are converted into small independent shops of fashion, art, jewellery and antiques. Check out Just William a chocolate shop right at the start of your walk.
Today William Street stands as a monument to independent retailing. No big named stores here, they are all small little boutiques offering bespoke, unusual, one-offs and all things not found in big barn shopping centres.
There is also a terrific little deli (come cafe) at the lower end of the street. It is a little slice if Italy hidden in the heart of Paddington. Originally established as an authentic delicatessen, Paddington Alimentari has become a busy little cafe for locals, resident Italians and visitors lucky enough to stumble across it.