As Melbourne’s hub for cultural diversity, Footscray is a booming suburb that hosts a range of cuisine and price points to please even the most difficult guest. Here are ten places you must try.
Another American-inspired eatery in Footscray is Up In Smoke. As you approach this place the smell of smoke and slow cooked meat drippings overwhelms the senses, and it’s easy to forget that you’re not in the American South, but rather Melbourne’s West. Up In Smoke offers a range of southern inspired fare that includes, but isn’t limited to slow cooked ribs, brisket, pulled pork, a range of tacos and mac & cheese. The space is open, loud and exciting. The staff are knowledgeable and honest about their menu and the food is cooked with care.
Up In Smoke, 28 Hopkins St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9689 8188
Ovest is an Italian pizza joint in West Footscray. They specialize in pizza, but also have pastas, some mains, kids meals and a range of starters. Their beer selection is interesting, as they offer some specialty selections that are difficult to find in your average bottle shop. Wood-fired pizza are the way to go when visiting Ovest; they have a solid selection of gourmet toppings and also offer the traditional Italian varieties. Ovest is a little off the beaten track, but their Italian inspired open-space dining room and fresh ingredients should be enough to bring you to their part of town.
Ovest, 572 Barkly St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9687 7766
Olympic Doughnuts is a Footscray institution that has been serving the same doughnuts since 1979. Nick Tsiligiris has been the man behind the doughnuts since their debut. Conveniently located next to the main train station, the doughnut shop is a must-stop for passersby. The doughnuts are fresh, sweet, delicious and very affordable. With the change leftover from your train ticket you can have a tasty treat to accompany you on your ride home.
Olympic Doughnuts, 51 Irving St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9689 4819
With their neon green sign glaring outwards onto the Footscray streets, Footscray Best Kebab House is hard to miss. They offer kebabs made to order and diners can eat in or take away. The menu spans Turkey, Greece and the Mediterranean, but the focus is obviously the kebabs. The meat is prepared in house for these tasty treats and you can expect to get crispy ends and generous portions. This is an affordable option that is guaranteed to fill you up.