Restaurants

Cafe Lalibela

Restaurant

A small-scale Ethiopian restaurant with tradition securely at its heart.

Slice Shop Pizza

Restaurant

Behind the Western Bulldogs-coloured neon sign, the team from Burn City Smokers is serving New York-style slices – large, thin and pliable enough to fold into your mouth.

Up In Smoke

Restaurant

Barbeque and a beer garden by the folks from 8bit burgers.

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Fox in The Corn

Restaurant

Fresh pasta and one of the best beer lists in Melbourne.

Roti Road

Restaurant

A cheery Malaysian-Chinese eatery along the Barkly Street strip.

8bit Footscray

Restaurant

This burger joint in the west is a nostalgic ode to our favourite pixels past.

Cafes

Pie Thief

Cafe

This tiny pie shop has an ex-Supernormal chef in the kitchen making lasagne pies, chicken-parma sausage rolls, vegan pumpkin pies and more, best followed with a hot Milo or an old-school vanilla slice. If you can’t decide, grab a party-pie tasting paddle.

Counterweight Vinyl & Espresso

Cafe

Dig through crates for rare second-hand gems, then dig into a toastie and a coffee.

Small Graces

Cafe

A cafe committed to Victorian producers and makers by a former chef at Annie Smithers’s fine diner in Kyneton.

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Footscray Milking Station

Cafe

Solid coffee and a locally famous pulled-pork panini.

Bad Love Club

Cafe

Eat dessert first at the west side’s “boozy bakery”.

The Reading Room

Cafe

Victoria University in Footscray isn't just for the studious.

Bars

Mr West

Bar

Smashable sauvignon blanc, ciders from Spain and Jamaican pineapple gin are all on the menu at this relaxed bar.

Romans Original

Bar

Sandwiches stuffed with egg and Meatsmith sausage, eggplant parmigiana or fried chicken; and elevated British-leaning plates and natural wines. It’s all in an unassuming old deli.

The Cheeky Pint

Bar

There’s beer matching, pine-lime beer and a beer chandelier. Try all five of the house brews for $50, matched to very beer-friendly food.

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Victoria Hotel Footscray

Bar

A stripped-back pub with classic fare and surprising wines.

The Station Hotel

Bar

Well-sourced and cooked steaks that make for some of Footscray’s finest.

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Back Alley Sally's

Bar

Your Westside after-work beer is here.

Shops

Harry and Larry’s General Store

Shop

A store in the west selling local grocery essentials, baked goods, foccacias and coffee.

Perfect Splash

Shop

A whimsical hub for art, fashion and music.

T. Cavallaro & Sons

Shop

The most iconic cannoli shop in Melbourne.