Glebe, Sydney Guia de Viagem
- Vibrant and artsy village vibe
- On a pretty peninsula with harbor and city skyline views
- Lovely 19th-century architecture and heritage-listed buildings
- Treasure trove of vintage goods at the popular Glebe Markets
- Laid-back and leafy Glebe Foreshore Walk
- Great little cafes and bookshops
- Heritage pubs and small, independent wine bars
- Easy to reach Darling Harbour and the Sydney Fish Market
- Low-key village atmosphere won't appeal to all tourists
- Weekend parking is tricky when market crowds descend on the area
- No nightlife and hotel options are limited
What It's Like
Glebe is one of Sydney’s oldest neighborhoods. Often overlooked in favor of its glossier neighbors, this charming inner-western suburb -- once part of a 160-hectare estate owned by the Anglican church -- has a lovely cafe and bookshop culture.
Glebe sits on the waterfront, west of Haymarket and Ultimo and between two of Sydney’s top universities. It has a vibrant village-like atmosphere and community feel, with lots of students and academics among its residents. Restaurants and boutiques are centered on Glebe Point Road (travelers staying here will come to know it as ‘GPR’), where there are some lovely old bookshops, vintage record stores, quaint coffee shops, and cozy cafes. Dining options range from cheap Asian eateries and tapas bars to on-trend restaurants, while the drinking scene here includes authentic heritage pubs and independent wine bars. It’s all pretty local and civilized, and travelers seeking more happening nightlife will need to look elsewhere.
For serious shopping, the busy Broadway Shopping Center has big-name stores, a large food court, and multi-screen cinema. There’s more interesting browsing to be done on Saturdays, when the grounds of Glebe Public School host the popular Glebe Markets -- a slightly chaotic outdoor market with a bohemian vibe. Away from Glebe Point Road, the leafy suburban streets showcase the neighborhood’s well-preserved Victorian-style mansions. There are over 20 designated buildings in this neighborhood, including the Glebe Railway Viaduct and many residential properties.
The Glebe Foreshore Walk is one of Sydney’s most pleasant strolls, along the quieter waterfront from Jubilee Park to Sydney’s famous fish market, with views of Anzac Bridge and the city skyline en route. The neighborhood also has two average, but family-friendly, parks: Jubilee Park with a fun kids’ playground and bay views, and Wentworth Park, which includes sports fields and fitness stations.
Where to Stay
Glebe doesn’t have a huge selection of hotels -- some of its best options are guesthouses and simple bed-and-breakfasts that reflect the local village-like feel. Most of the places to stay here are centered on Glebe Point Road, but there are also a couple of quality hostels down toward the waterfront. These parts of the neighborhood are also closer to Haymarket, Chinatown, and Central Station. The neighborhood's train station is only a few blocks east of Glebe Point Road.