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Follow the fun to Footscray, the ever-changing neighbourhood that's a fascinating balance of a growing arts scene and a hotbed of international cultures and delicious cuisines.

World food

Whether you're in the mood for an Ethiopian coffee experience, South East Asian market shopping, fresh Italian cannoli or a juicy steak, Footscray has you covered.

Once a centre for southern European migrants, these days Footscray is home to Chinese, Vietnamese, and increasingly, North African immigrants and their gastronomic traditions. Slurp a bowl of pho at a Vietnamese noodle house, get a masala dosa near Victoria University, tuck into traditional Ethiopian injera flat bread at Nicholson Street Mall.

For one of Melbourne's best steaks, stop at the Station Hotel. Follow it with a craft brew at Hop Nation or a tidy tipple at Back Alley Sally's.

Spice up your life

Locate those exotic spices and ingredients at Footscray Market. Busy Little Saigon Market will satisfy your craving for tropical fruits and Vietnamese groceries.

Pay your respects to the Golden Heavenly Queen of Mazu at the Heavenly Queen Temple off Hopkins Street, the biggest Chinese temple in Australia. 

Arts attack

Chances are you'll find yourself in Footscray on the trail of a highly anticipated arts event. The local arts scene is led by the dynamic Footscray Community Arts Centre, situated on the banks of the Maribyrnong River. The precinct features theatre performances, workshops, a bar, cafe and gallery spaces. It's also the venue of the annual St Jerome's Laneway Festival, boasting international music acts and local performers.

Other exciting and innovative arts organisations call Footscray home. Catch a performance by Footscray's experimental theatre company Snuff Puppets at the Footscray Drill Hall, and see a live band at the Reverence Hotel. 

Big games and fireworks

Cheer on the legendary 'Dogs', the Western Bulldogs Australian Football League team, at a training session at the state-of-the-art Whitten Oval. See the fireworks at Chinese New Year and the Tet Lunar Year Festival, a colourful Vietnamese celebration featuring dancing dragons, live music and food stalls.

How to get there

Footscray is just 10 minutes by car from Melbourne's CBD. By train, take the Sydenham or Werribee lines from Flinders Street or Southern Cross stations to Footscray station. Journey time is approximately 15 minutes.

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Things to do

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Cafes

Rudimentary

Sit out in the herb garden and discover the quality, fresh food and the buzz of the locals who are beyond lucky to have Rudimentary in their 'hood.

National parks & reserves

Brimbank Park

Just a short drive from the heart of the city is the Maribyrnong Valley Parklands featuring Brimbank Park and Horseshoe Bend Farm. The parklands...

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Eat in Footscray (0:30)

<p>Eat out in Footscray. You'll find an incredible range of world cuisines on offer at great local cafes and restaurants across the City of Maribyrnong - a product of its culturally diverse neighbourhoods.</p>

Bars

Back Alley Sally's

Set up by Jerome B. – the brains trust behind 1000 £ Bend – this low-key space dishes up burgers and toasties along with crafty beers and table vino.

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Creative Footscray (0:30)

<p>Explore creative Footscray. The City of Maribyrnong is home to some of Melbourne's best performers, makers and artists.</p>

Cycling

Maribyrnong River Trail

Discover the fascinating past and surprising beauty of the Maribyrnong River on this easy ride from Melbourne to the natural haven of Brimbank Park.

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