Beyond Pizza & Pasta: Paddington’s Fratelli Offers Cheese and Pasta-Making Classes

Paddington has no shortage of Italian eateries, from hole-in-the-wall joints to upscale restaurants. Yet the recently opened Fratelli brings something new to the neighbourhood – a truly authentic taste of Italy and hands-on cooking classes. 

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Using seasonal ingredients and fresh local flavours, Fratelli transports guests straight to the vineyards and shores of Italy with each bite. But what makes them especially unique is that they offer hands-on cooking classes with their expert chefs, so you can learn how to craft fresh cheese or shape your own homemade pastas.

Inside Fratelli, the stone walls and rustic decor make you feel transported to Italy, although it’s the food takes your tastebuds even further. Fratelli sources only the finest local ingredients and collaborates with Tambourine Cheese Factory to create burrata bursting with smooth, creamy flavour. 

Photo credit: Fratelli Paddington/Facebook

One of their crowd pleasers is the spicy salami pizza loaded with ricotta-filled crust, olives, mozzarella and that signature Fratelli zest. Pizza lovers will delight in the restaurant’s array of Italian pizzas paired perfectly with wines from their impressive drink menu. 

Signature cocktails provide a refreshing balance alongside espresso drinks for those looking for an afternoon pick-me-up. 

Photo credit: Fratelli Paddington/Facebook

Whilst the interior transports your senses to Italy, their beautiful outdoor patio allows you to soak up Brisbane’s sunshine as you feast on Fratelli’s seasonal delicacies. From their cheese boards and pastas to the desserts like the light and sweet peach sorbet, each dish sings with the flavours of an Italian summer.

Photo credit: Fratelli Paddington/Facebook

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For those longing to linger in the warm hospitality and rustic ambience, Fratelli offers a home away from home right in the neighbourhood Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Visit their website to book online or to learn more about their classes.

Published 22-November-2023

Discover the Naughty Side of This Artisan Bakery in Paddington

Have you checked out this sassy bakery on Given Terrace yet? Cakes & Shit is an artisan bakery that specialises in cheeky, naughty cakes and other baked goodies that are guaranteed to be the talk of the party.

Cakes & Shit is the brainchild of Samantha Holman who opened her first shop on Bakery Lane in 2018. Since then, the talented confectioner has attracted quite a following, and when she decided to move to Paddington, new and old customers made sure she was well-received.

 artisan bakery Cakes & Shit
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The shop at Given Terrace, Paddington sports a colourful interior, with available seating for customers who wish to dine in. There’s a cabinet, a shelf, and a retail area filled with sweet creations that customers can enjoy onsite or take home. Most everyone that comes in leaves with cookies, brownies, and cakes happily in hand. 

 artisan bakery Cakes & Shit
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The artisan bakery also accepts made-to-order cakes for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, and other special occasions. They also have a range of bold and cheeky merchandise and gift items guaranteed to elicit a few giggles.

 artisan bakery Cakes & Shit
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Cakes & Shit also offers workshops where attendees can learn how to bake cookies, cupcakes, and cakes. starting at $65 per class.

workshops at Cakes & Sht
Workshops at Cakes & Sht | Photo Credit: Cakes & Sht / Facebook

Cakes & Shit is located at 233b Given Terrace, Paddington. Hours of operation are from 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday to Wednesday and from 9 am to 9 pm, Thursday to Saturday.

Check out their website here to order online or book a session. 

Cakes & Shit | 233b Given Terrace, Paddington, QLD, Australia, 4064

Fundraiser Launched for Planned New Paddington Bistro and Wine Bar

This GoFundMe campaign aims to help launch a new bistro and wine bar on Given Terrace, Paddington. But what’s in it for the donors?  

Top chef and owner of Kould be Anywhere and catering company KnowOne KnowWhere Scott Webster launched the fundraiser to finance the down payment and equipment needed to open the European Bistro and High-end Wine Bar. In return, those who donated will receive a meal voucher, equivalent to the donated amount, once the venue opens.

“We aim to bring our Michelin star backgrounds to Brisbane. High-end consist food of the greatest quality and service that will ensure the rest of Brisbane will follow suit,” his GoFundMe page reads.

The campaign aims to raise $150,000 which Scott hopes will be reached soon enough so he can open the bistro by mid-2023.

Scott’s career as a chef started at Heston Blumenthal’s The Hind’s Head in Bray, the UK assuming the role of Sous Chef. Their team was awarded a Michelin Star for their excellent cooking skills and the top-notch quality of their food offering. He would later move to the sister restaurant The Perfectionists’ Cafe as its Executive Sous Chef.

Seven years ago, Scott and his wife, Rita, came to Australia. Soon after, West End’s Billykart took Scott as its Head Chef and in 2020, the couple launched their own private catering business KnowOne KnowWhere. A year later, Kould be AnyWhere, a 52sqm grab-and-go style cafe, opened in Woolloongabba.

So far, Scott’s campaign has raised $5,720. If you would like to help Scoot launch his “dream restaurant”, you may visit this link.

New Childcare Centre Planned at Popular Paddington Site

A popular dining and retail site in Given Terrace, Paddington could have a new childcare centre on its premises, if plans are approved. Set to adjoin the heritage-listed Paddington Child Health building, the new facility will be a two-storey establishment for 106 children. 

A development application (DA A005905213) seeks to build a childcare centre on the sloping end of the property on Given Terrace and Guthrie Street, where Anouk Cafe, the famous restaurant trades.

The old commercial building will remain but the rear side will be demolished to build the 65 slots of car parking space for the childcare centre. 

Given Terrace, Paddington
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The development application, filed in December 2021, also mentions mitigation measures to drown out the acoustic, screening and setbacks, as well as landscaping. Materials to be used for the site are meant to blend in with the red brick building of the health centre. 

Given Terrace, Paddington
Photo Credit: Development Application/BCC
Given Terrace, Paddington
Photo Credit: Development Application/BCC

“The Given Tce pedestrian access will be improved and enhanced with soft and hard landscaping and improved accessibility,” the developers stated. These proposed works will transform the existing little-used alley between the buildings, activating and improving the connectivity.”

However, a few submissions opposing the plans were also lodged with Council. 

“We wish to strongly point out that the non-compliance with rear setback requirement of the Latrobe and Given Terraces Neighbourhood Plan, in particular, will result in significant adverse impact upon the amenity of residents adjoining or located in close proximity to the proposed development,” Matthew Kay, a town planner, wrote.

“The proposal does not adequately address the outcomes sought under the Neighbourhood Plan, with regard to character and setting. The traditional built form setting in this precinct involves buildings and activity fronting the local terraces and hillside streets, which is still evident on site today.

The proposal however adds three levels of parking and two floors above that to alter the rear of this site such that it will no longer follow the established traditional setting and will be highly visible within the immediate catchment,” Anna Baker, another town planner said.

The DA’s assessment has not yet been completed as of press time.

Catchment Brewing Co Acquires Darling & Co’s Lease in Paddington

Six years after the rebranding and refurbishing of Darling & Co in Paddington, a new owner has taken over its leasehold on the Given Terrace property.

West Ends’ Catchment Brewing Co has acquired Darling & Co in its plans to expand operations despite these challenging times for the hospitality industry. Catchment Brewing Co chief Matt Newberry said that they have been looking at breweries and other venues around Brisbane to grow their business.   

Darling & Co‘s location across the Suncorp Stadium has been a plus point for the new lease owner but Newberry said they chose this location because it’s one of the best local spots patronised by residents of Paddington and the other suburbs nearby. 

Photo Credit: Darling&Co/Google Maps
Photo Credit: Darling&Co/Google Maps

As part of its acquisition, the restaurant will undergo some renovation work by January 2022 and transform into a Catchment site in the hopes of resetting customers’ interest post-pandemic.

CBRE Hotels National Pubs Director Paul Fraser will manage the leasehold for Australian Venue Co, which owns Catchment Brewing Co. 

“We are passionate about craft beer, memorable food and great service and this acquisition enables us to expand our offering from Brisbane’s West End into Paddington,” Mr Newberry said. 

“We look forward to showcasing our award-winning Catchment Beers to the local residents as well as the many visitors attending sporting matches, concerts and events at Suncorp Stadium.”

Ngon in Paddington Launches Given Kitchen & Bar

Despite a rollercoaster ride in 2020, Ngon, the popular Vietnamese restaurant located at the heart of Paddington, is opening a new venture just a short walk away. Given Kitchen & Bar is ready to satisfy your cravings for heaps of Asian food cooked in the traditional way.

Do you love grilling over charcoal than gas? Given Kitchen & Bar , a few doors down Ngon in Given Terrace, specialises in chargrilled dishes that lock in the smoky, delicious flavour. The new inception focuses on fresh, scrumptious seafood meals cooked over charcoal for lunch or dinner.

Photo Credit: Instagram
Photo Credit: Instagram

Breakfast selections at the new restaurant feature Asian-inspired meals best paired with a cup of coffee from The Black Lab Coffee Co. 

“Everything on the menu is designed to be shared and every dish is perfectly balanced to complement each other,” the owners shared. “Our food is designed and cooked in-house, making it fresh on a daily basis. Whilst our menu is predominantly Vietnamese inspired, we take influence from all cuisines across the continent of Asia.”

Photo Credit: Instagram
Photo Credit: Instagram

At night, this eatery will host DJ performances creating an easy-going vibe — the perfect setting for unwinding after a long day.

Given Kitchen & Bar is a few minutes walk from Ngon and is set to open in late January 2021. It comes nearly 20 months after the Ngon first welcomed its regular guests in Paddington.

“When covid hit our lives were turned upside down, limited financial help and sales down by 90% we were left with 2 options. Close shop and throw in the towel or come together as a family and face the epidemic together with our sleeves rolled up,” Chef Tuan said in a post on Instagram in June. 

But the chef pressed on and conceptualize this new shop, along with revitalizing his original restaurant and putting Ngon on the map as one of the best Vietnamese eateries in Brisbane. The next goal is to repeat Ngon’s success, amidst a challenging period, with Given Kitchen & Bar.

Lil Gypsy Van Parks at New Digs in Given Terrace

Wondering where Lil Gypsy Van has parked? Any Paddington local must have seen this cute travelling cafe and bar at Latrobe Terrace for quite some time but the van has moved to a new location on Given Terrace this January 2021.

The owners of Lil Gypsy Van announced on their social media pages that they have closed the van at their old location and have relocated 300 metres away. 

The new site is next door to Presents of Mind and across Paddington Hardware. It’s not hard to spot since it’s set in a gorgeous and spacious area for the kids to play.

Photo Credit: Lil Gypsy Van/Facebook

Lil Gypsy Van first came to be during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Originally set out as a pop-up servicing various events across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, the van eventually found a permanent home in Paddington. 

The former mobile bar serves homemade freshly baked goodies and delicious coffee, which many locals attest is one of the best in the suburb.

Photo Credit: Lil Gypsy Van/Facebook

However, the people of Paddington make it point to stop by for Rachel, the driver behind the wheel, as she personally makes visitors to her mobile bar feel so much at home. 

Raring to visit the new digs?  Lil Gypsy Van’s regular trading hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. but you may text 0431 459 192 ahead to see what treats are served for the day.  

“I seldom walk to go shopping and I’ve already decided which cafe to grab that day, but I just run into this travelling cafe which was so exquisite and looked like a huge play toys in little girls’ dreams. I just couldn’t help stopping by and fulfilled my wish I had in childhood. Grabed a coffee and had this beautiful toy for a while. The coffee that day tasted sweet and fruity,so matched with the orange sunshade, everything in this cafe made you feel you were a little active girl again, who was filling with energy and curiosity about the world. And the good news is the Lil Gypsy has settled in Paddington, you won’t want to miss it.”

Frances Lin, Google Reviews

“What a great little find 10/10 coffee, beautiful espresso with perfectly textured  milk and the service again…. spot on friendly, happy, smiling and up for a quick chat!  I will be definitely stopping every time I pass through Paddington! Thank you Lil Gypsy!”

Charmaine, Google Reviews

Kettle and Tin in Paddington Brings Back $1 Dollar Dumplings Deal

It’s time to scrape together some loose change as Kettle and Tin in Paddington is bringing back its Dollar Dumplings deal every Friday. You can, once again, have all the yummy dumplings you can eat for $1 per piece at this familiar Given Terrace foodie spot beginning the 10th of January 2020, and every Friday thereafter, from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Needless to say, you’d be mad not to take advantage of this deal to satisfy your dumpling cravings and wind down your busy week. To get this deal, however, you will need to purchase a drink with your orders but this isn’t a deal-breaker since Kettle and Tin has a long list of cocktails, craft beer, and non-alcoholic beverages to choose from. 

Kettle and Tin has pan-friend pork & chive or vegetable variants for its Dollar Dumplings Friday feast. No bookings necessary to get this special deal but if you must secure seats, you can book at its website or phone (07) 3369 3778.

Photo Credit: Kettle and Tin/Facebook

Kettle and Tin has been one of the go-to dining places for Paddington locals since it opened in 2012. The cafe serves classic Australian brekky, lunch and dinner sprinkled with Asian flavours.

On Thursday nights, the restaurant also hosts Trivia Games, which will also be kicking off this year on the 9th of Jan.

Its regular opening hours are: 

Monday, Tuesday and Sunday
7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday to Saturday 
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Lights Of Paddington Fashion Spectacular Sparkles for the 4th Year in Given Terrace

Given Terrace will once again be lit for the annual fashion spectacular Lights Of Paddington this Saturday, the 26th of Oct 2019. Four years since this event debuted in one of Brisbane’s most charming shopping precincts, the party supporting retailers and rewarding shoppers will deliver another fantastic vibe to this favourite local hive.

The fashion parade featuring the collections of Paddington retailers trading in this shopping strip will strictly start at 7:30 p.m. at The Paddo (Paddington Tavern). Get to know the emerging stars and the VIPs of the local fashion scene whilst checking out the exclusive, trendiest styles and looks for this summer. 

These brands will be hitting the runway for Lights Of Paddington:





















Photo Credit: Red Works/Facebook
Photo Credit: Red Works/Facebook

However, you need to be at the red carpet at least an hour before the runway show to experience a few sparks and fire. Hob-knob with the rest of the guests and enjoy sipping wine, a bubbly or an Aperol Spritz with delicious canapés and finger foods. 

As a token of appreciation for attending this event, the boutique and restaurant owners in Given Terrace are giving all attendees a $50 gift voucher with your ticket purchase, which you can redeem at any participating stores before 31 Oct 2019.

So, chat with your girls, then set your date and buy the ticket to this big fashion event!

Have a Joyful Time at this Year’s Paddington Christmas Fair

The countdown to the most wonderful time of the year has already started and to celebrate, this year’s Paddington Christmas Fair will be a little earlier. On Friday, 30 November 2018, Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace, Paddington will once again be filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas.

From 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., lots of fun pre-Christmas activities, great finds, and entertainment will be up for fairgoers to enjoy.

Photo credit: Upper Latrobe Paddington/Facebook

Event Details

What: Paddington Christmas Fair
When: Friday, 30 November 2018; 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

Paddington Christmas Fair 2018

Kids will surely enjoy the afternoon as Christmas fair favourites are coming back to the family-friendly event.

Photo credit: Bubble’licious Creations/Facebook

For those who loved her act, Bubble’licious Creations will again be amusing the crowd with her bubbly performance. Kids and kids at heart will surely be busy popping some bubbles at her show.

Photo credit: Danibelle’s Musicadium/Facebook

Another fair-favourite, Danibelle’s Musicadium, returns to the Paddington Christmas Fair this year. Danibelle will be doing three sets of Christmas carols at different locations.

Photo credit: Paddington Christmas Fair/Facebook

Face painters will also be available along Latrobe Terrace. The team from Cherry Cherry Art will be present to whip up some awesome Christmas face paints.

Photo credit: Paddington Christmas Fair/Facebook

Head over to the Paddington Christmas Fair and have a great time with your family. Good food, great buys, and a fun-filled afternoon is something that shouldn’t be missed. You can even bring your lovely pooch with you at the event.

For more information, visit the Paddington Christmas Fair event page.