This Glebe Point Road cafe with its glass-fronted exterior and curbside seating is a hidden gem. Astor Espresso has garnered much local attention for its speciality coffee, modern Australian brunch fare and upbeat vibe. The friendly service provides diners with a pleasant experience that has them coming back in droves.
A Glebe favourite, Tinello serves up quality, contemporary Italian food. From the creative cuisine to the impressive curated wine list, this eatery is a touch fancy without being stuffy. Located in the art deco Valhalla building, the interiors deliver a modern take on a bygone era.
The Toxteth Hotel
As for pubs, The Toxteth – affectionately known as ‘The Tocky’ – has been a local haunt for decades. It's now a sleek gastro-pub with exposed beer pipes, greenery galore and leather and timber finishes throughout. The varied menu showcases wholesome salads and hot bowls - anything but your traditional pub fare. The alfresco courtyard makes for the perfect Sunday session, or cosying up by the heaters with a cheeky espresso martini - which are served on tap by the ...
Traditional in every sense of the word from the cuisine, decor and blackboard menu, Ombretta embodies authentic Italian cuisine. Following the mantra of 'simple and seasonal', this rustic eatery consistently delivers on quality and taste. Hosting regular events like wine tasting nights, Ombretta is a must visit for foodies.
Sonoma Bakery Café
Baking some of the best sourdough loaves around. Sonoma is a family-run empire and they have been baking and delivering delicious, crusty breads to cafes and restaurants across Sydney since 2001. Branching out to pastries, biscuits, tarts and mueslis, you can enjoy all their signature treats at their French-feel cafe on Glebe Point Road.
Taking inspiration from South Carolina, Glebe's brand new restaurant and cocktail bar will transport you to the laid-back shores of southeastern USA. With the pastel pink hued interiors, sea blue furniture and greenery galore, The Charleston really is an Instagrammer's dream. On the food front, order the Fish Tacos Jalapeno Mayo and for drinks, sip on the Carolina Hight Tea with bourbon and peach liquor.
Descanso is a popular Glebe cafe that brings modern Australian brunch classics together with hearty Filipino cuisine. Regularly changing up their featured single origin brew, from various countries around the globe, coffee aficionados know to make a stop each week to sample the latest beans on offer. With friendly service and consistently good food, Descanso is a reliable inner-city eatery.
Timbah is a trendy and hip, yet relaxed bar on Glebe Point Road and is the local go-to for wine and tapas-style plates. This industrial chic wine bar serves the wines that have been selected by the first customers of the evening, encouraging creatures of habit to try something different. An extensive wine list looks after all palates and like the wine offering, Timbah’s food menu is rotated frequently.
Different Drummer Bar
The Different Drummer is a staple of the inner west bar scene. It’s the sort of down-to-earth bar you want as your local, with exposed brick walls, moody lighting and funky poster art channelling a New York vibe. The Different Drummer’s curated share plate menu is a deftly crafted mix of modern flavours, with an equally delicious list of burgers on offer for those who don’t like to share, and cocktails to wash it all down.
Glebe Point Diner
Glebe Point Diner serves up classic comfort food with a focus on seasonal, fresh produce, providing a masterful touch to the classics. This bistro style restaurant does all those home favourites well, and the fit out is chic with a dose of hipster. Indulge in a long lunch outside or a cosy dinner in the warmth.
Aghora is known for their Greek and Mediterranean inspired food. Intimate in vibe and minimalist in decor, the restaurant prides itself on delivering relaxed, fine dining. Expect all your favourite Greek dishes and make sure to go with a group so you can make the most of the menu as its designed to share.
Soul Burger - Glebe
Soul Burger is Sydney's first plant-based burger joint and, as a company, they are trying to reduce their overall impact on the environment. Think burgers with a conscience. Their Glebe Point Road venue has locals queuing, but despite the crowds, the service is quick. When the craving strikes, Soul Burger consistently provides a swathe of mouth-watering creations both with and without meat.
Despana is widely known for being one of Sydney’s best Spanish tapas restaurants. With its Spanish décor, cheery vibe and simple menu, Despana dishes up an authentic tapas experience. Settle in a cosy corner table, and get ready to feast on delights. It’s a sin to leave without trying the aged sangria, so order a jug to share among your amigos.
Another Glebe Point Road hero is Thievery, which dishes up Middle Eastern street food. The industrial-chic space provides the perfect backdrop for a street food-inspired Lebanese meal that is bold and a little exotic. For cocktail lovers, you can enjoy both sweet and savoury flavours.
Flying Fajita Sistas
The kitschy Flying Fajita Sisters brings festive Mexican to the streets of Glebe. Using local produce and authentic spices, this homestyle restaurant produces colourful and flavoursome cuisine. Made from scratch, Flying Fajita Sisters also is dietary requirement friendly. For margarita connoisseurs, they have an extensive range of tequila, mezcal and curated flights.
The Wedge Espresso
The Wedge espresso is a local gem serving up specialty coffee, signature sandwiches and friendly service. Just off the main drag on Cowper Street, the cafe space is light-filled and boasts beautiful oversized windows. With funky seating and corrugated walls, be sure to peruse the daily specials for some great dishes.
Gelato Messina Tramsheds
An award-winning institution that has become a real sensation. From their humble roots in Darlinghurst, Gelato Messina has since set up shop interstate and in the US. Weekly specials are the highlights here with creative concoctions surprising ice cream lovers every seven days, but for those who are creatures of habit, they have over 40 staple flavours.
Having undergone extensive restoration, the historic Rozelle Tramway Depot has become home to providores that have mastered the art of fine food and wine. The Tramsheds is on every foodie’s radar with its line-up of restaurants, cafés and providores all under one roof. All the vendors share the same ethos – fine food, education and sustainability, cue Artisan Lane, a space for providores to share their skills in a series of cooking classes, markets and pop-up restaurants.
Located inside the bustling Sydney Fish Markets, Doyles is as popular as ever with crowds eagerly awaiting their fill of fish n’ chips. Take no reservations, seating is highly prized. Our advice? Grab your seafood feast to go and head across the road to Wentworth Park to dine without the crowds (and seagulls).
Fish Market Cafe
Sydney’s beloved fish markets is naturally home to a wide offering of seafood that has come straight from the boat to the table. The Fish Market Café sits just inside the markets, and they more than live up to the markets reputation for fresh seafood, and the eager crowds that hover around are a testament to that.
This kitsch Glebe institution is famed for its delicious array of burritos and super quick service, but that's not all Baja Cantina is known for. Sangria, wine, cocktails and margaritas abound (very reasonably priced might we add), and with such an extensive tequila and mescal list you’d be crazy not to dabble in a few nips.