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Paddington Guide – Spend Less, Do More

Inner city Sydney is known for being chic, stylish and expensive – and Paddington is no exception. But don't think that means you should avoid it on your trip to Sydney. Anyone with a creative bone in their body (or just general fans of minimalist architecture and style), needs to check out this suburb for style tips and artistic inspiration. But just so you don't have to spend an arm and a leg, here's how you can enjoy Paddington affordably!

You might think that Paddington is obsessed with everything modern

At least it appeared that way with all the newly constructed houses and so many interior design shops. But Paddington knows how to keep everything in moderation and preserves colonial history in the form of the Victoria Barracks. Built from 1841 to 1849 from Sydney sandstone, British troops were housed in the barracks until 1870. It transitioned into a training facility in 1931 when it became the Royal Military College's home and later the Command and Staff School. Since 2009, Victoria Barracks has been the headquarters of Forces Command, the Australian Army's largest command.

The Army Museum of NSW is open to the general public, to witness artifacts from various military conflicts throughout the ages, on Thursdays from 10am to 1pm (walk-in) and 10am to 4pm on the first Sunday of the month (by appointment). For more information, contact the Army Museum via their website.

'I'm going to the pictures'…

When was the last time you heard someone utter that phrase – it was probably your Gran, to be honest. But it evokes a time when going to the cinema was a magical (and slightly high-end experience). If you yearn to recapture that feeling, look no further than Palace Verona. Sleek design, independent and arthouse films, and a bespoke bar, what's not too love about the sophistication of this establishment. No longer will you be confined to a cinema smelling of stale popcorn, instead be transported with a glass of wine, a foreign-language film and a suitably artistic audience – this is how the 'pictures' used to be.

Playing on that artistic theme…

Combined with Paddington's aforementioned obsession with interior design, is it any wonder that the suburb is home to an extremely high concentration of art galleries (enough to do your very own 'Gallery Crawl'). Contemporary art starts with an intimate affair at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (even the name screams post-modernism). Supporting some of Australia's most influential artists, 13 of which have been featured at the Venice Biennale, the gallery makes a point of embracing all forms of artistic media to produce high quality pieces of thought-provoking creative expression. Sabbia Gallery also follows in the minimalist, modern theme of the suburb, with a focus on glass and ceramics. Martin Browne Contemporary focuses on contemporary art inspired by nature and indigenous influences, with a revolving set of exhibitions to keep you coming back for more. Whatever art form tickles your fancy, you can be sure to find it in Paddington!

With so much wandering through all the fine galleries…

Your legs were just about to collapse! But don't feel like your only option is to head back to your hotel room and crash on your bed. Lucky for you, Paddington has your physical comfort covered with Milk Day Spa. Before you say, 'what about the expense', remember how much you saved on your hotel.

Try the Hot stone massage to reduce tension in the body, improve vitality and remove toxins – derived from ancient civilisations, this treatment is guaranteed to make you feel better for days and days. While you're in the mindset of feeling younger, why not also try a microhydrabrasion? More often called a microderm, this spa treatment exfoliates your skin perfectly, leaving it smooth and supple. It also can reduce scarring, age spots, lines and wrinkles – you'll be shaving off the decades in no time!

Spend Less, Do More

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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