Glebe maintains an extraordinary village atmosphere for what is essentially one long main road pressed between blocks of tiny terraces. We’ve picked out a few favourites and gems among the many excellent shops and cafes which abound.
Clipper Cafe - A charming terrace cafe that compels students, locals and all kinds of interesting characters to linger in its narrow space. This place churns out the best coffee on the main strip while the menu is creative, delectable and satisfying. 16 Glebe Point Road.
La Banette - The little patisserie which spills out an enourmous selection of pastries, slices and bread. The locals seem to be smitten with La Banette and the eclairs and slices are sure to tempt your sweet tooth too. 18 Glebe Point Road.
Grand Gelato - If you’ve never been able to tell the difference between the texture of ice-cream and gelato, think of this as your education. If your visit coincides with the Brownie gelato do not — under any circumstances — hesitate to scoop it up. 37 Glebe Point Road.
Sappho Books & Cafe - Warning: You could lose hours of your life here. This place has the bookshop/cafe/winebar trifecta down to an artform. 51 Glebe Point Road.
Digi.Kaf - If you want to take it slow and move away from the main street, this cafe will provide refuge and a slightly eccentric menu (green eggs and ham, anyone?) to sustain your travels off the beaten path. 174 St Johns Road.
Glebe Markets - Held every sunny Saturday, these markets have been Glebe’s major drawcard for a long time but are still always full of vintage treasures, local designers, handicrafts and secondhand books. Lie in the grass and listen to the live band once your wallet has been depleted. 48-56 Glebe Point Road.
Chariot (FBI Fashion College Store) - A perfect way to support young, up-and-coming designers and snag yourself something that won’t be on the back of every second girl in Sydney. And wouldn’t it be cool to find something from the next big thing, before they got big? 181 Glebe Point Road.
Carnival and Party - If you’re in need of some silly (or down-right frightening!) costumes or perhaps just a giggle, make your way to this party shop’s new digs and snap up fake teeth, facial hair of every description, animal ears or anything else your next dress-up party may urgently require. 4 Bridge Road.
Different Drummer - A cozy, dimly lit cocktail and tapas bar providing refuge until the wee hours of the morning. Always on a simmer and very intimate. Swap some bang for your buck with their happy hour and buckets of sangria. 185 Glebe Point Road.
L’ermitage - Some of the most wearable vintage pieces you are likely to see in one spot. The shoes and bags here are always on the right side of unique and well priced for their quality and condition. 243 Glebe Point Road.
Oh and what’s a few more?
The Egg & Soldier – a true locals cafe & milk bar where the food is consistently good and the vibe relaxed and understated. Of course you can’t go past the Fancy Boiled Eggs & Soldiers and with breakfasts starting at $6, it’s a steal. 379 Glebe Point Road.
Glebe Point Diner – an institution around these parts, this local favourite has been getting a lot of buzz with the recent opening of sister restaurant Neutral Bay Bar & Dining. Come and check out the original and best. 407 Glebe Point Road.
Baja Cantina – while Mexican joints are popping up all over Sydney, quality Baja style Mexican food is still hard to find. We’re talking authentic fish tacos, chipotle prawns and guacamole using only the freshest ingredients…not some sloppy Tex-Mex. 43-45 Glebe Point Road.
The Friend in Hand – an old-school Aussie pub founded in 1834 and local icon. Stop in for an icy cold beer and to check out the colourful paraphernalia cramming the place or make a trip on Wednesday nights for their famous crab racing. 58 Cowper Street. If you’re after an old English style pub, check out The Nags Head at 162 St John’s Road.