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How to Enjoy the Glebe Markets in Sydney

Jun 3, 2008
The inner-western suburb of Glebe is one of those suburbs that you do no see, it is not very prominent in tourist guides - not something that people talk about across the world. It is situated just west of the Sydney Central Business District, it is the suburb that borders on the CBD to the southwest.

Glebe is within easy walking distance of the city. You can walk there straight along George Street which becomes the Broadway and then you are pretty much in Glebe straight away. Glebe is one of the older areas in Sydney, it has been around for quite a long time and it is renowned, especially amongst locals for a couple of things.

Probably the thing that is renowned most of all about Glebe is the restaurants. There is an enormous variety of restaurants, everything from coffee shops and casual dining to fine dining Thai, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Western, Nepalese. You name the variety of food; you can get it at Glebe. That is really one of the main things it is known for. It is very convenient since it is so close to Sydney CBD and hence very easy to get to.

The other thing about Glebe is that it has a really large student population, because it is right next to Sydney University ,which is the largest university in Sydney. Glebe is very much a student suburb, where students live so they can go to the university over at Sydney University. What that means of course is that there are a lot of cheap shops and restaurants. And it is very much a place that you can go and get some very reasonably priced meals of pretty good quality as well.

The focal point of Glebe is the main road called Glebe Point Rd, that runs off Broadway which is George Street in the city. Glebe Point Rd. is the main road that has got all the restaurants from one into the other, blocks and blocks and blocks of restaurants, cafes, entertainment pubs and hotels and the like. Glebe locals are heavily into their coffee and Glebe Point Rd. is a great place to stop if you feel like just having a coffee; plenty of food and pretty good service in its own eclectic way.

The other thing about Glebe, apart from eating there, is Glebe Markets. Every Sunday on Glebe Point Rd. is Glebe Primary School, they conduct a market there on the grounds of the primary school. It is the kind of place where you can go and get a real look at true Sydney-siders. I think eclectic is the word they used to describe this mix of people from your bohemian types to all different types of people. You can buy from these markets everything from second-hand music to massagers, you can buy art with the artists there, some inventions, all sorts of weird and wonderful inventions.

Of course plenty of food and drink and all that kind of thing, second-hand books, trash and treasures stores, it is definitely worth a look, if only for the people. So Glebe Market is a good place to get down and enjoy the atmosphere of Glebe.

It is very easy to get there by public transport. You can not get a train there, but you can get buses pretty much from Sydney city. You can also get a taxi pretty easily and you can walk there as well. You can drive there because obviously it is a part of the city, but parking can be bit limited. It is a very high density housing area and most of the parking, where you can get it is metered parking. So you do pay reasonably well for parking. In that sense, probably walking or PT can be a better option, but obviously parking gives you a bit more flexibility if you got other things to do.

Glebe, definitely worth a look, particularly if you get down there on a Sunday. It is great spot to go for breakfast and take in the markets. Brunch or lunch followed by the Sudnay markets is a very popular pastime for Sydney locals.
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Garry Searle has lived in Sydney, for 15 years. His podcast, The Sydney
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