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C r e at i v e v i l l a g e S :
Glebe, the thinking person’s creative village, has a literary trail to delight
book lovers, a university atmosphere and alternative flavour.

            Glebe is simply book lover’s bliss. Follow your       Wander through Cornstalk’s wealth of
            nose from one award-winning bookstore to              antiquarian, rare and out-of-print Australian
            another, then bury it in the pages of one of          books and browse the
            the thousands of tomes within the walls of            beautiful gardening and horticultural volumes
            this literary suburb’s bookstores, which reside       at specialist gardening bookstore Florilegium,
            among old workers’ cottages, colonial buildings or immerse yourself in
            and leafy parks. With a history of activism and       spirituality and eastern philosophies at holistic
            alternative living, Glebe is still one of Sydney’s    book specialist Phoenix Rising, where you can
            most thought-provoking creative villages.             also sample a diverse range of global music and
                                                                  soundtracks for relaxation and massage.
            Gleebooks, repeat winner of Australian
            Bookseller of the year for its comprehensive,         Art
            35,000 title selection and packed programme           Look up from your books and there’s plenty
            of readings and discussions featuring notable         more to see. Glebe also houses a multitude
            authors, still retains old-fashioned character        of art galleries, including the Honey Ant
            and warmth. The owners are committed to               Gallery, a leading
            Australian literature and help fund awards            space for Aboriginal art, Gallery Adagio
            recognising talent, and its first floor, Upstairs     (Ph: 02 9552 2833), and Glass Artists Gallery
            @49, has hosted talks from the likes of Salman, one of
            Rushdie and Robert Hughes.                            Sydney’s few galleries dedicated to glass.
                                    The Inner City Clayworkers’ Gallery
                                                         is an artists’
            Sappho Books and Café, opposite Glebe
                                                                  cooperative dating back to the seventies and
            Primary School (site of the famous weekly
                                                                  a source for unique porcelain pieces.
            Glebe markets) is a happy hunting ground for
            antiquarian treasures, with a stock of over           Dine
            30,000 general interest second-hand books. The
                                                                  Glebe specialises in friendly and unpretentious
            rear courtyard of the 1880s building is a stage
                                                                  restaurants and has a vibrant café culture.
            for street art too, with its graffiti-covered walls
                                                                  The menu at a’Mews (Ph: 02 9660 4999)
            from a former life as a youth centre. Sappho
                                                                  offers modern French and British cuisine, with
            Café is renowned for its Toby’s Estate coffee and
                                                                  original dishes that delight the palate and eye,
            Barista School. And upstairs in the same building,
                                                                  served in a sliver of a terrace house. Roxanne
            another treasure trove awaits: antiquarian music
                                                                  (Ph: 02 9552 6087) successfully mixes the
            shop Da Capo, with its reams of sheet music and
                                                                  flavours of Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan and
            scores. and
                                                                  Nepal in a glamorous and decadent room filled
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                 with chandeliers and velvet. Glebe Point Diner        Insider’s tip
                 (Ph: 02 9660 2646) is a local favourite, offering
                                                                       Keep an eye out for local artist, Hilik Mirankar’s
                 the ultimate winter comfort food, Alex Kearns’
                                                                       Queen Street sculptures, made from timber
                 roast chicken with bread sauce.
                                                                       and reclaimed materials, which grace the
                 For a quick pit stop between galleries and            verandahs of many of the little cottages on his
                 bookstores, Sonoma Café               street in an ever-changing display.
                 au serves great sourdough breads, pastries and
                 fresh sandwiches with good coffee. Enjoy your         Further information
                 coffee amid the flowers after an ikebana class        For more information contact:
                 with floral artist Setsuko Yanagisawa at Yuga
                                                                       Elissa Tyrrell
                 Café and Gallery, while
                                                                       Senior Destination Publicist, Tourism NSW
                 neighbourhood institution Badde Manors has
                                                                       02 9931 1426,
                 vegetarian fare, gelato, Chai tea and Hungarian

                 Don’t miss
                 • Glebe Markets. Every Saturday from 10am–
                   4pm at Glebe Public School. Sydney’s original
                   alternative market draws fashion lovers,
                   celebrities and serious collectors alike with its
                   boho mix of vintage and new offerings from
                   upcoming designers. It’s a perfect hunting
                   habitat for jewellery, bric-a-brac and unique
                   accessories in a laid-back, multicultural
                   atmosphere. .
                 • Glimpse your destiny with a Psychic Tarot
                   Reading at Phoenix Rising with Sarah, in
                   residence on Saturdays and Sundays. $50 for
                   30 minutes, $70 for 45 minutes and $90 for 1
                   hour. (Ph: 02 9566 2157)
                 • The Inner City Clayworkers Gallery is the
                   home of the Sydney Teapot Show, July
                   30–August 30, one of the biggest events on
                   Sydney’s ceramics and pottery calendar.