At a restaurant, we feast. But at these eateries, it’s more than that. Feast your eyes and indulge your sense of sight, as well as your sense of taste. There are but a few places across the city to be distracted by the interiors, in spite of what’s on your plate.

The Paddington Inn 






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Paddington Inn, Paddington


Housed in pale timber frames upon a pale brick wall, sits an original series of ten framed pieces by Danish artist Christiane Spangsberg entitled ‘How Strangers Meet’. Renovated in 2017, we love the overhaul of the main dining room in particular. You may find it hard to concentrate on your plate with these beguiling pieces watching you. The clean lines of the monochrome pieces are reflected throughout. 




-Photography by Boston Parker

Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills

Hidden in Surry Hills, this is a minimal, high-ceilinged, concrete-floored space you won’t want to walk away from. A touch industrial yes, but with renowned roasters and farmers, the combination of perfect coffee and sense of space is spot on. 




Little Jean

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Little Jean, Double Bay


Not only is the menu updated daily with a heavy emphasis on local, but the interior is food for the soul. From the timber slatted ceiling to the crisp white walls, Little Jean is a little slice of decoration heaven. With fresh fodder being the order of the day, the interiors in turn reflect this: fresh, simple, casual.