Restaurants

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.

8bit Footscray

Restaurant

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

Roti Road

Restaurant

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

Karlaylisi Restaurant

Restaurant

This Uyghur restaurant serves springy hand-pulled spicy noodles, beef dumplings, and flaky pastries filled with lamb and cumin.

Cafe Lalibela

Restaurant

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

Up In Smoke

Restaurant

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

Cafes

Rudimentary

Cafe

Sustainability, simplicity and even transportability are the guiding principles of this Footscray cafe. On the menu you'll find Asian-inflected classic brunch dishes, with a strong roster of single origin coffees to choose from to drink.

Pie Thief

Cafe

This tiny pie shop has an ex-Supernormal chef in the kitchen making lasagne pies, chicken-parma sausage rolls, vegan 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.

Little Common

Cafe

The sister cafe to Seddon’s Common Galaxia is keeping it simple, serving heart-starting brews, caramel slices and mini bagels.

To's Bakery

Cafe

Delicious treats abound at this long-standing Vietnamese bakery.

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.

Bars

Bar Josephine

Bar

A welcoming space filled with craft beer and classic books.

Baby Snakes

Bar

Head up the ridiculously colourful stairwell at this good-time bar (by a co-founder of the Moon and Milton Wine Shop) for a very drinkable "mistake" rosé; frozen Margs and passionfruit sours. For snacks, try one of the Reubens or a spicy Sichuan eggplant sanga.

Trouble in Dreams

Bar

This surreal bar pays homage to the world's great cocktails and their inventors. It's by Pie Thief's Aaron Donato and cocktail-book author Chad Parkhill; they've created a tiny, 25-seat speakeasy and natural wine spot, slinging eclectic wines, highly original cocktails and more.

Mr West

Bar

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

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.

Victoria Hotel Footscray

Bar

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

Shops

Kariton Sorbetes

Shop

This Filipino-inspired ice-creamery by two top Melbourne chefs is scooping vibrant, textural flavours like ube, cheese and crème caramel in Footscray.

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.