Exploring the Inner West

Darling Street, Balmain.

Today we left early for a day looking around Balmain and Glebe, two suburbs in Sydney's Inner West. The trip in only took 35 minutes which was great, but then we got lost and our GPS took us on a little tour. A friend told us the secret free place to park and we were walking up to the markets by 10am so overall not a bad effort.

Masterchef guest judge Adriano Zumbo's patisserie shop with a line down the street to get in.

The markets in Balmain are held in St Andrews church every Saturday and they're a great place to find home made kids clothing, sunglasses, vintage jewelery and nick nacks. Jemima discovered clip-on earrings and bought a pair of pearl ones which she wore for the rest of the day. We had lunch at a nice cafe then looked in the shops before going down to the water to look at the boats.

Next stop was Glebe which is close to the University and therefore has a bit more of a studentish, bohemian feel. We bought gelato and chocolate covered strawberries then visited the Glebe Markets which are held at the local public school. They also had a great sustainability shop where we got some soap nuts to try in the washing machine.

Chocolate Shop in Glebe - yum!

Glebe Markets

Next time I'll have to go into this bookstore - without the kids!

We had such a good time in Balmain and Glebe and we'll definitely be back. Our next planned adventure is Little Asia where I'm hoping to have some real Vietnamese food.

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