’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.
Restaurant, Fast Food, Australian
8bit is Footscray’s premium burger destination. They are a trendy retro-styled restaurant specializing in classic burgers, but they also do milkshakes, various fry creations and hotdogs well. 8bit is popular, so you can expect a line at any hour, but if you’re in the area and craving an American inspired burger joint, it’s worth the wait.
8bit, 8 Droop St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9687 8838
8bit | © Stephen Barrett | © Stephen Barrett
Up In Smoke
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
Up In Smoke | © Stephen Barrett
Roti Road is a Malaysian restaurant infused with Chinese flavors. They pride themselves on delicious, well-priced homely food that is prepared to order. The highlights are the yum cha menu served until 3pm daily, the spicy wonton (chicken dumplings in a chilli oil) and of course, the roti bread. Roti Road has an open kitchen that is in view of the dining room and guests can watch the roti masters at work as they toss fresh dough into the air. The roti bread is light and crispy and comes with sambal, curry and dhal lentil as a starter, but you can also choose to add additional toppings. Roti road has an extensive menu with varying price points and a relaxed dining feel.
Roti Road, 189-193 Barkly St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9078 8878
Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Australian, $$$
The owners of The Station Hotel have created high-end quality steakhouse meals without the fuss often associated with upscale restaurants. There are two dining options at the hotel; the pub side where diners can order from the bar menu while grabbing a beer, or the more formal dining room where their full restaurant menu and selection of fine steaks is on offer. Their meat is sourced from all over Australia. They have both grain and grass fed beef and have a range of styles, ages and cuts. If you are looking for a great steak or a place to impress a date, The Station Hotel is your answer.
Station Hotel, 59 Napier St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9687 2913
Station Hotel | © Stephen Barrett | © Stephen Barrett
Pho Hung Vuong Saigon
Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
Pho Hung Vuong Saigon
Vietnamese doesn’t get any better in this town. Pho is obviously the star of this show. Pho Hung Vuong Saigon serves a glorious Vietnamese soup of hot broth, succulent noodles, chili and herbs in three generous, yet affordable sizes. Diners can choose from various beef cuts, chicken or opt for vegetarian. Pho Hung Vuong is located across from the Footscray Market on bustling Hopkins Street, so they’re busy, but they are experts at feeding large crowds quickly. If you have to wait, you won’t wait long, so stick it out. This place is the cure to a cold evening or a Vietnamese craving.
Pho Hung Vuong Saigon, 128 Hopkins St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 968 96002
Aangan Indian Restaurant
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Aangan Indian Restaurant
Aangan specialize in authentic traditional and modern Indian cuisine. The dining room is casual and busy, the servers quick and the food brilliant. All food is made from scratch on site from local and imported ingredients. You can really taste the care and freshness of each dish when dining here. The servers and chefs are focused on providing an authentic Indian experience for all who choose their restaurant. Aangan gets busy, so if you plan on eating here, book ahead. They have live chat services on their website, offer take-away and delivery services, can cater events and also host functions.
Aangan, 559 Barkly St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9689 4175
Aangan | © Stephen Barrett
Ovest is an Italian pizza joint in West Footscray. They specialize in pizza, but also have pastas, some mains, kids meals and a range of starters. Their beer selection is interesting, as they offer some specialty selections that are difficult to find in your average bottle shop. Wood-fired pizza are the way to go when visiting Ovest; they have a solid selection of gourmet toppings and also offer the traditional Italian varieties. Ovest is a little off the beaten track, but their Italian inspired open-space dining room and fresh ingredients should be enough to bring you to their part of town.
Ovest, 572 Barkly St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9687 7766
Ovest | © Stephen Barrett
Olympic Doughnuts is a Footscray institution that has been serving the same doughnuts since 1979. Nick Tsiligiris has been the man behind the doughnuts since their debut. Conveniently located next to the main train station, the doughnut shop is a must-stop for passersby. The doughnuts are fresh, sweet, delicious and very affordable. With the change leftover from your train ticket you can have a tasty treat to accompany you on your ride home.
Olympic Doughnuts, 51 Irving St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9689 4819
Bakery, Pastry Shop, Pastries, Australian, Vietnamese, BBQ, $$$
Located on Hopkins Street in Footscray, Nhu Lan Vietnamese Bakery is know for their Bahn Mi. These tasty sandwiches are affordably priced between $3 – $6 and range from BBQ pork to salad rolls. The bread is crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, as you would expect from a good Vietnamese bakery. There are lines occasionally, but similarly to many places in Footscray, people are willing to line up for good food.
Nhu Lan, 116 Hopkins St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9689 7296
Footscray Best Kebab House
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.
Footscray Best Kebab House, 93 Nicholson St, Footscray, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9689 0777