Discover an alluring village charm in the bohemian suburb of Glebe, along with funky weekend markets, inviting eateries and harbourside walks. One of the oldest areas in Sydney, stroll the terrace-lined streets and the history is evident, with more than 20 heritage-listed buildings and plenty of architectural beauty to admire.
Things to do
Glebe Markets, held every Saturday at Glebe Public School, attracts Sydneysiders far and wide. Rummage through second-hand stalls and unearth a bargain. Gleebooks, also on Glebe Point Road, is an institution that hosts regular author talks. Check out the events calendar to see what’s coming up, plus other festivals and fairs.
The Glebe Foreshore Walk, which winds its way from leafy Bicentennial Park to Blackwattle Bay and the Sydney Fish Market, is one of the main attractions of this vibrant inner Sydney neighbourhood. The 4km walk links 27 hectares of open space, and offers spectacular vistas of the glittering harbour and city skyline. Make the most of picnic facilities along the way.
Stroll to the Chau Chak Wing Museum, located opposite the University of Sydney’s iconic Quadrangle. This new museum of art, science, history and ancient cultures features 18 different exhibitions, and includes Australia’s biggest public collection of archaeological treasures.
Eat & drink
There’s no shortage of heritage pubs and small bars in Glebe. Sip a pint in the English-style Nag’s Head Hotel or visit the art deco Friend in Hand Hotel and say hi to its resident cockatoo, George. Enjoy comedy at the Toxteth Hotel, flex your general knowledge with trivia at the Harold Park Hotel or enter a raffle at Glebe Hotel.
Glebe Point Road is lined with cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. Different Drummer is great for a dimly-lit date spot with drinks, The Charleston for Instagrammable cocktails, The Little Guy for music bingo and banter, and Staves Brewery for craft beer. Peruse books while drinking a glass of red at Sappho Books, Cafe and Wine Bar, or enjoy apertivo hour in a renovated 1800s Victorian terrace at No 92. Coffee options are endless, and local favourites include Badde Manors, The Wedge, Dirty Red and Le Petit Tarte.
For eating out, see a flamenco show over dinner at Spanish Tapas, settle in for a long lunch of seasonal plates at Glebe Point Diner, order a metre-long pizza at Pizzeria Da Alfredo, sample roti, curry and dosa at Sri Lankan Street Food, or book a table at the glamorous brasserie Beckett’s.
A visit to the Tramsheds food precinct is a must. This delicious destination is in the former Rozelle Tram Depot, which once housed 200 trams. Built in 1904, it’s been beautifully restored to accommodate 11 restaurants, including Butcher and the Farmer, Flour Eggs Water, Bodega 1904, Gelato Messina and China Diner.
Southern Glebe Point Road, near the university, is a short walk or bus ride from Central Station. Alternatively, take the light rail from Central Station or Darling Harbour and alight at Jubilee Station for the Tramsheds.