Footscray Milking Station

6:30am - 3:00pm
35 Bunbury Street Footscray


outdoor area
notable vegetarian options

If we lived in Footscray, we would eat a pulled pork panini from Footscray Milking Station every day. Alongside a Padre espresso and a Jarritos mandarin soda, lunch doesn't get much better than this.

Footscray Milking Station can be found on the sleepy residential corner of Burnbury and Cowper Streets and has been bustling since day one in 2012. This cafe and deli was opened by Jess Tumbri, who runs a friendly but tight front of house, and chef Aven Watson, whose background includes a stint at The European.

The menu features some intriguing breakfast options like sago porridge with coconut milk, cardamom and coriander, or baked beans (haricot, lima and cannellini) with house made sugo – both of which are vegan. In fact, the menu is generally very respectful of differing food requirements.

The Footscray Milking Station is cosy – bench seating invites the afternoon sun through the front window and there are a handful of small tables and chairs. There’s also a nice communal table to spread out your newspaper and a few pavement tables to boot.

Back to that pulled pork panini; the bread is from Brasserie and alongside tender slow-cooked pork, you’ll find pickled cabbage and caramelised apple. And some kind of magical mayonnaise. It makes travelling to Footscray totally worth it, wherever you are from.