Historic Glebe

One of Sydney's oldest suburbs, Glebe was originally part of the generous 400 acre Glebe Estate granted to the Anglican Church in 1790. Today it is an inner-city suburb featuring wide, tree-lined streets, well-preserved colonial architecture and hints of inner-Sydney bohemia. Glebe also includes over 20 heritage-listed buildings including churches, halls, residences and pubs. Take a walk around its historic streets and laneways, or check out the relaxing Glebe Foreshore Walk.

  • Sapphoro Books Cafe
  • Slices of Sydney, Glebe

About Glebe

Adjacent to two universities, Glebe is home to many academics and students, and known for its vibrant village feel and characteristic architecture. Its 19th century terrace houses are largely intact, and its main thoroughfare, the thriving commercial hub of Glebe Point Road, is fringed with cafes, bars, pubs, shops and restaurants. The suburb of Glebe can be found just 3km south west of Sydney City, bordered by Parramatta Road to the south, Blackwattle Bay to the north, Ultimo to the east and Annandale to the west. 

Glebe is a great suburb to eat and drink your way around. For classic cafe fare with a vegetarian twist, try local favourite Badde Manors, with the superb pastries and cakes of La Banette for dessert. For a long lunch or celebratory dinner, The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay is a Glebe institution specialising in seafood. Try their signature dish, the snapper pie with its golden, flaky pastry. Drink-wise there’s also plenty to choose from; grab a pint at the historic english-style pub The Nag’s Head up on St Johns Road, stop in for a cocktail at the hip yet low-key Mr Falcon, or maybe grab some tapas and a glass of tempranillo at Different Drummer, both on Glebe Point Road.

In terms of shopping, the Saturday Glebe Markets are popular with locals and visitors alike, with great multicultural food stalls, vintage clothing and handmade jewellery on offer. Glebe also boasts a number of high-quality bookshops, with Gleebooks stocking new releases, journals and arthouse and rare cinema classics, and nearby Sappho Books is a haven for second-hand booklovers. Housed in the old Grace Brothers building a short walk from Glebe Point Road, Broadway Shopping Centre features a cinema and over 100 specialty stores.

  • Glebe Markets

    Fashion and Shopping

    Known for its eclectic mix of boutique stores and vintage finds, Glebe is a Bohemian fashion lover’s paradise. With a big focus on clothing, you can pick up handmade gifts or secondhand treasures at the Glebe Markets held every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

  • Different Drummer, Glebe

    Food and Wine

    Glebe has a strong pub culture, as well as a diverse range of restaurants, bars and classic cafes. Patrons here are a mix of students and locals, so there’s everything from budget eats to tide you over, to special occasion fine dining.

  • Nicholson Museum, Glebe

    Art and Culture

    Galleries and museums are plentiful in this bohemian hub; from glassworks and sculptural works to painting and photography, Glebe has plenty to see. Also worth a look is Sydney University’s Nicholson Museum with the largest public collection of archaeological artefacts in Australia.


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