A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published February 5th 2013
Why not spend a day hopping between Glebe Point Road's quaint coffee stops and exotic venues for tasty bites? This creative corner of Sydney is home to a cluster of cafes fit for any taste. I found it a very suitable place to unleash the foodie within.
Clipper Cafe's ricotta, strawberry and banana pancakes
A pleasant start to the day is promised by Clipper Cafe (16 Glebe Point Road). A homely atmosphere is created by various trinkets across the walls, comfy cushions in the alcove, and staff that spoil you with friendly service. If you are a sweet tooth indulge in such dishes as the ricotta, strawberry and banana pancakes. If you lean toward the savoury breakfast, Clipper also has you covered with items like the poached eggs with homemade baked beans and haloumi. Don't forget to accompany your meal with a choice from the generous range of drinks. The chai latte with an exotic aroma, and the iced chocolate are both highly commendable.
Further up Glebe Point Road, concealed behind the bookstore of the same name, is Sappho Cafe & Wine Bar. Choose from several sweet and savoury dishes on offer throughout the day (including an all-day tapas menu). A decadent breakfast that I would recommend is the eggs benedict roll ($10). Enjoy your selection in Sappho's tropical courtyard. I've found this an especially tranquil place on balmy summer days.
If your appetite is in the mood for some authentic Asian cuisine, Goen Japanese Restaurant (29 Glebe Point Road) is worth a visit. There are several pleasant locations to seat yourself in this place; the courtyard out the back on the first level, the stools overlooking the jacaranda tree on the second level, and the balcony providing a great view of Glebe Point Road. Choose from range of sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese specialties like the takoyaki.
Mixed tempura lunch dish at Goen Japanese Restaurant
Are you not a meat eater, or simply feel like a break from meat? Not to fear, Glebe Point Road also caters for you. The bohemian Badde Manors has an extensive menu of vegetarian dishes and even a selection of vegan dishes. They don't hold back on making these exotic either; dishes consist of Asian, North African, Mediterranean, Latin American and Middle Eastern flavours.
A final favorite of mine is Le Petit Tarte (219 Glebe Point Rd). A few lovely afternoons have been spent relishing the coffee and French pastries on offer, in the dainty rooms that sometimes feel a little on the secluded side. Nevertheless this is worth a visit, particularly by those with a soft spot for European influence.
Here you have a handful of cafes to get you started on your coffee and food adventures through Glebe. Don't stop there however, as you will notice there are countless more gorgeous cafes, with an array cuisines, just waiting for you to taste.