The inner city suburb of Glebe is just close enough to the CBD to make it easy to get to, but just far enough that it keeps its lovely, low-key, suburban vibe. There’s an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, shops, and, not to mention people, making hanging out amongst its leafy streets something you need to add to your list.
Hands down our pick for the best hummus in Sydney, the guys at Thievery continue to plate up seriously tasty goods time and time again. A modern take on Lebanese food, we can’t go past The Stolen Nine share menu which, at $50 per head, is an absolute steal and lets you try almost all of the things (which is always a win for us).
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This is where you go for Italian food just like Nonna makes. What’s exciting about this place though is that their menu changes monthly, with the dishes focussing on a particular region so you can become accustomed with all of the best culinary traditions of the old country.
One word comes to mind when we think of this place and that’s, you guessed it, coffee. It’s serious business at this Glebe café and so it should be, with some of the best you’ll taste this side of Surry Hills. There’s also a great brunch list and a range of things ready to go.
Hem Nine Nine
What started as a seriously good food truck, Mama Linh, Hem Nine Nine is a multi-levelled restaurant inspired by the streets of Saigon. Expect to share and, if you’re game, eat with your hands. All the favourites are here, including steamed baos, duck rice paper rolls and, of course, pho.
There from pretty much the beginning, this café on Glebe Point Road is open every day with a menu that blends the best of foods from right across the world. It is also the place to take that friend who’s always on a diet (you know the one) with their range of low calorie options, as well as gluten free, nut free and vegan friendly treats.
Glebe Point Diner
If you like your dining casual, with a little side of fancy, then you sir have come to the right place. A favourite with locals, the Glebe Point Diner is where you go for a delicious goats curd tortellini with brown mushrooms, amongst others, and a rather impressive wine list.
Alfie and Hetty
Often mentioned when it comes to one of Sydney’s best roasts, Alfie and Hetty has some serious roast game. Expect the likes of 18 hour slow cooked lamb shoulder and two day braised beef smoky short ribs, and we could go on. But we won’t. All we will say is wear stretchy pants.
In The Annex
In The Annex is a great spot for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Technically in Forest Lodge, but so close they deserve a mention, head in for their damn good bacon, egg and kale roll, or a bowl of their house made granola. There’s also a great selection of baked goods and some interesting house specialties like their ginger and soy braised eggplant stack on top of house scrambled eggs, just trust us, it works.
The Wedge Espresso
Glebe is the type of area that makes use of all of its spaces, and The Wedge Espresso is no exception. The brunch menu here is one to come back for, we’re talking the kind of chunky avocado toast you can get excited about as well as our personal fave, the Juju pancakes, with banana and organic buckwheat, drizzled with salted caramel, blueberries and pistachio dust. Add a scoop of gelato or a rasher of crispy bacon, you know, for good measure.
The Little Guy
Give us free spiced popcorn, a perfect cocktail (or two) and we’re in! Don’t let his size fool you, this Little Guy is just the spot for a big night out, with live acoustic Thursday and Sundays as well as locally brewed beers, snacks, and did we mention cocktails?
Fresh juices with spirits may well be the cocktail creation from a hipster’s dream and we surely aren’t complaining. This is the spot for a share plate and a good ol’ fashion boogie, because we’ve seen you dancing and we know you like to get down.
A great spot for tapas and a glass of wine (or a bottle), the team at Despana pride themselves on a mixture of Spanish imports and local Australian produce to create some of the best tasting tapas around.
This is the florist your Instafeed has been waiting for. Everything here is as fresh as a daisy (see what we did there) with a great range of choice and, not to mention, some lovely and helpful staff, easily turning your weekend dream of strolling round the burbs with a fresh bunch of blooms to a reality.
Cruelty Free Shop
One for the conscious consumer, the Cruelty Free Shop stocks all of life’s necessities from food, beauty and home products to keep our animal friends safe from harm. There’s also a cool selections of books and mags filled with additional life inspo.
Because it is always a good time for doughnuts, Doughnut Time is now a permanent resident on the Glebe Point Road drag and our lives are frankly better for it.
Praised as Sydney’s best vintage market this is definitely the place to go for vintage clothing and gorgeous handmade jewellery. However the food offering here is serious and varied with eats from around the world, including Turkish, Spanish and Mexican, as well as live music, and some seriously good, albeit random, finds.
Set inside an old steelworks, Staves is serious when it comes to Australian beer. There’s eight on tap and the team here support the local suspects like Young Henrys and Wayward, making it the perfect place to up your beer knowledge or just throw back a couple of cold ones.
Sappho Books, Café & Wine Bar
What’s better than curling up with a good book and a glass of red? Listening to some live acoustic music while you do it, obviously. This second hand bookshop is the kind of place you can get lost in for hours, and we recommend getting lost on a Thursday or Friday night when you can enjoy live music from a range of artists.
Quro Health Studios
The place to come either on your way to, or on your way from the markets, Quro Health Studios have a range of classes for all abilities. From Pilates and yoga to kung fu, their airy space makes a welcome change from working out at the gym.
The Girl You Love
You’ll fall in love with this beauty salon on St Johns Road. Waiting for you behind a peony-pink door is a pretty as picture, French themed salon, that’s just what the doctor ordered when it comes to your next pampering session. Settle back and enjoy a range of treatments from facials to peels or even a massage.
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