Follow the fun to Footscray, a fascinating and ever-changing neighbourhood that balances a growing contemporary arts scene with a diversity of global cultures and cuisines.
Once a centre for southern European migrants, these days Footscray is home to Chinese, Vietnamese and North African immigrants and their gastronomic traditions. Slurp a bowl of pho at a Vietnamese noodle house, grab a masala dosa near Victoria University, or tuck into traditional Ethiopian injera flat bread at Nicholson Street Mall.
The local brunch crowd makes its way to Rudimentary, Small Graces and Footscray Milking Station. For one of Melbourne's best steaks, stop at the Station Hotel; for burgers and barbecue, hit 8bit and Up in Smoke. Follow up with a craft brew at Hop Nation or a tidy tipple at Back Alley Sally's, Mr West, Bar Josephine or Trouble in Dreams.
Spice up your life
Locate international spices and ingredients at the bustling Footscray Market. Fresh fish, fruit and veg, a plentiful array of shops and sellers pack out this local favourite.
Off Hopkins Street, pay your respects to the Golden Heavenly Queen of Mazu at the Heavenly Queen Temple, the biggest Chinese temple in Australia.