First Babyology walk – Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve and a terrific 2008.

With summer here and the sales on, it's a prefect time to combine two great activities with your child – walking and shopping.

We've put together a walking route that covers some of our favourite shops and cafes in Woollahra and Paddington. The walk is 2.4km long, which shouldn't be too strenuous and should give you plenty of time for shopping.

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  • Start out with coffee and biscotti at Paddington Alimentari. This great little cafe/providore serves excellent coffee and has an amazing range of imported Italian products. Try to nab the seat on the street and ask for the kids' chair for some William Street people watching.
  • Head up William Street to Just William Chocolates. Either window shop or pick up a few hand-made treats for later.
  • Turn right on Oxford Street and swing into Hype DC. This sneaker specialist has a great selection of kicks for kids, including All Star, Asics Suku2 and Vans.
  • If you didn't find the sneakers your were after, backtrack a bit down Oxford Street to Platypus shoes. They have a similar selection to Hype so it's worth checking out both.
  • If you're doing this walk on a Saturday, you should definitely spend some time at Paddington Markets. A bit tough to navigate with a stroller (doing it with a double is a special challenge), there are lots of little things by independent designers you won't find at other stores. Great for t-shirts, booties and handmade toys.
  • Keep walking up Oxford street and turn left at Queen Street. On your left you'll pass M.B.C. (Mother Baby Child) which has a wonderful range of children's and maternity wear in terrific prints and fabrics.
  • Just a few doors down is the fantastic design store R.G. Madden. In addition to miniature designer furniture (great for that moderninst dollshouse you've been furnishing), they have child-size tables and chairs and a small play area where kids can amuse themselves while parents check out the great designer homewares and accessories.
  • Crossing over Moncur Street, you pass Lesley Mckays Queen Street Bookshop. They have a wonderful selection of children's books and offer excellent service.
  • Next up is Kidstuff. The Kidstuff stores continue to offer a great range of toys, crafts and puzzles for kids and stock things not available at your average toystore. Lots of wooden and learning toys here.
  • Across the road is For Master and Miss, stocking designer children's clothes and shoes, including one of the largest ranges of Baby Dior in Australia.
  • If you need a break at this point you have a choice of Bills Woollahra, the third incarnation of Bill Granger's quintissential Sydney cafe or Jones the Grocer, which is also a great providore. Take the kids into the cheese room for a great learning experience about the world of cheese. Both have highchairs and cater to (well-behaved) kids.
  • After your break, have a look at Seed Child, the Ralph Lauren of kidswear. Live out your fantasies of lazy summers in polo shirts and espadrilles and pick up a few vintage-inspired toys and clothes.
  • If you're not totally shopped-out at this point, head up to the intersection of Paddington and Elizabeth Street to Fragile Maternity and The Kids Room . Both have wonderful clothes for kids from a range of designers.
  • After that you're on your own to head back to Alimentari and complete the loop, or keep exploring the backstreets of Paddington.

We'd love to hear from readers who live in other neighbourhoods, other cities or other countries about their favourite walks. Please send in your routes, with maps if possible and we'll put them up on the site for everyone to enjoy.

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