I am not sure what makes a suburb trendy. Is it the fashion, the food or the people? I do think Glebe Sydney is an inner city sanctuary. Every time I visit I really feel like I am a part of something special and visiting the Glebe Markets gives me a push to have a wonderful day in Glebe.
Glebe Markets are open every Saturday of the year and are located at Glebe Public School on Glebe Point Road and are always filled with the most unusual market items. I have been visiting and revisiting Glebe Markets for as long as I can remember. My sister used to drag me along with her when I was still in Primary School and I would have to watch as she tried on a number of unusual looking garments from the many stalls. Back then the markets only consisted of about 20 stalls, now they have grown and are almost taking up the entire school grounds.
Going to Glebe is a day out in itself, I must admit that it has been years since I have visited Glebe in Sydney or the Glebe Markets as we have been travelling overseas for the past two years. But upon returning to Glebe Point Road, I instantly felt at home. There is a friendly, giving atmosphere in Glebe and I think it is from the welcoming community of people and their eclectic views on the world. Markets all around the world have a certain pulse and vibe to them, and Glebe markets have a friendly positive energy that we are drawn to and love.
Wandering through the markets is like being a kid in a adults body, there are so many items to look at and it is overloading for the senses. The best way to take everything in is to wander slowly through all the stalls and gaze at all the offerings until something catches your eye. There is so much on offer; bags, clothing, food, trinkets and nick nacks, second-hand items, musical instruments, you name and you will most probably find it at these markets. Even if you aren’t looking to buy anything, it is nice to just wander around and do some people watching soak up the atmosphere.
Grabbing a coffee and lazing in the sun in the market grounds and listening to the smooth strumming if a guitar and vocals of a performer is the perfect start to any weekend. Coming back to Glebe reminds me that this community is filled with musical creative types and it oozes from everything they do to the way they dress. This is definitely a trendy suburb and it attract the trendiest people from Sydney.
We roll over from lazing in the sun and get to our feet to walk down Glebe Point Road. The street is filled with restaurants and cafés and it is hard to try to make a decision of where we should eat. We are distracted or should I say Elise is distracted by the plentiful amount of retail merchants selling cool fashionable clothing to the masses that pass by. We are no exception and before I know it I am getting dragged from shop to shop and waiting whilst Elise pulls on the 20th dress for the morning and asks for my approval as she comes out of the dressing room door. “yes it looks just as good as the other twenty dresses”. Guys, I know you hear my pain!
After quick purchase of clothes we rest our weary legs for lunch and we gorge ourselves to refuel for the afternoon. I am a coffee nut and Its seems that I have had 3 coffees in the matter of 3 hours and I am now buzzing after having yet another with lunch. Maybe I should keep track of my caffeine intake as I bounce out of the café the waitress gives me a look of disapproval as I jump out onto the pathway and kick my heels in the air. What can I say, I am high on caffeine and love being in Glebe.
Quick Glebe Tips
1. Park in the Westfield Car park just near the Glebe Public School (3 hours free)
2. Glebe Markets are open from 10am-4pm
3. Get to the markets early not to miss a bargin
4. Be sure to try the market food on offer (The Gozemeles are the best, plus fresh lemonade!)
5. Check out Sonoma Bakery – The best sourdough bread in town!
6. Be sure to have lunch in one of the many restaurants on Glebe Point Road
When you are in Sydney next, you should take the time and visit one of the cities trendiest suburbs and be sure to stop in at Glebe Markets on Saturday and you won’t be disappointed.