Glebe is an Inner West suburb just a few miles away from Sydney CBD, popular with artists and students. Although it isn’t on the city train loop, it’s just a short bus ride from Central Station or a slightly longer trip by light rail or on foot.
Glebe is where you go for a bit of a small town feel in the big city. The southern end of Glebe is the commercial district. Glebe Point Road features cafes and restaurants with eclectic international menus, while Glebe Markets brings bohemian arts and crafts on Saturdays. The northern end of Glebe is more residential, with Jubilee Park and Blackwattle Bay Park offering views of Rozelle Bay and the city.
Glebe has a number of historical sites, including the Sze Yup Temple, one of the only remaining Chinese temples in Australia built before World War I, and the heritage-listed Bellevue, a historical residence built in 1896 at Glebe Point. There’s also the Rozelle Tram Depot, which closed in 1958 but has been reopened as a food hall.
With so much history and culture, it’s no wonder that students flock here. The University of Sydney is just across the road, and the University of Technology is one suburb over. Glebe also has several independent bookstores, including Gleebooks and Sappho. Come to Glebe with an open mind and leave with an open book!
- The Glebe Foreshore Walk runs for 2.2 kilometers through four different parks along Rozelle Bay.
- Glebe Markets offer some of the best bargains in Sydney, with food and crafts available each weekend.
- Glebe Point Road has no shortage of restaurants and cafes, with a wide variety of cuisines represented.
- The art galleries and bookstores are some of the best in the city, and there are plenty of live music venues at night.
- The greyhound racing at Wentworth Park may put off animal lovers.
- If you find artists and sidewalk philosophers obnoxious, then this may not be the suburb for you.
- The Sze Yup Temple is a peaceful place to meditate and celebrate the Chinese New Year.
- Visit the St. Helen’s Community Centre for a library, workshop space, and a community garden.
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Cafes and Tidbits
- Wake up for some coffee and piadinas (Italian toasties) at Cortile Café.
- Or visit the Sonoma Bakery Cafe for sandwiches.
- Astor Espresso serves artisan coffee.
- While Badde Manors offers a wide-ranging vegetarian menu. The desserts are also delightful and it’s open late!
- Treat yourself to coffee and a book at Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar.
- Or inventive brunch plates at Clipper Café.
- For lunch, grab one of Sydney’s best vegan burgers at Soul Burger.
- Or get an afternoon snack at Tommy’s Beer Café.
Green Mushroom serves vegan Indian food.
- While Mori is an all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant.
Flying Fajita Sistas has one of Sydney’s best Mexican menus.
- And Baja Cantina is a close competitor.
- Stop by Spanish Tapas for some … Spanish Tapas.
- Or enjoy some Polish dumplings at Na Zdrowie.
- For live music, you can’t beat Glebe’s Best Music Warehouse.
- While The Little Guy serves up wine, craft beer, and free popcorn.
- The AB Hotel is your neighborhood sports pub.
- And Different Drummer is a tapas and cocktail bar.
- Head back to Sappho’s for some live music in the courtyard.
- Or the Friend in Hand Hotel for a classic pub with a resident cockatoo.
Sites and Activities
- The quirky Flowerbox Gallery sells potted plants that hang on your walls in picture frames.
- The Glass Artists’ Gallery displays a range of eclectic art.
- Gleebooks is one of Sydney’s highly-rated independent bookstores.
- While Florilegium is a bookstore dedicated to all things plants.
Glebe is just enough off the beaten track that it hasn’t been gentrified as much as some of Sydney’s other suburbs. Over 90% of housing units are semi-detached or apartments, and over 50% are rentals, with just around 35% owned or mortgaged.
Half of Glebe’s residents were born in Australia, but nearly 7% are from China, Vietnam, and Thailand, contributing to Glebe’s multicultural feel. Add in the university students, and Glebe has the hip, artsy vibe of Newtown without all of the hustle and bustle.
As at the time of writing this, the average rent for a 2 bedroom terrace / apartment is $750. An equivalent house would increase your rent to $900 per week.
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