Best Cafes in Footscray

Updated July 6th, 2019


Footscray is a way off the cafe-on-every-corner situation of Fitzroy, Collingwood, Richmond and South Yarra. At least, that's how it seems. With the area gentrifying so rapidly, it's hard to say what it might look like in five years' time.

Not too different, we hope. It's already easy to find good breakfasts and coffee served with a smile, as the list below illustrates. Thus far, these things haven't come at the expense of the African and Vietnamese communities that make present-day Footscray such an invigorating place to live, eat and shop.

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Guide to Footscray
Best Cafes in West Footscray
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  • Sustainability, simplicity and even transportability are the guiding principles of this singular community cafe. It’s set within a recycled shipping container, and surrounded by an abundant kitchen garden that informs the no-rules menu. Kimchi toastie? Bubble and squeak? You have some choices to make.

  • A cafe committed to Victorian producers and makers by a former chef at Annie Smithers’s fine diner in Kyneton.

  • 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.

  • All-day breakfast (with vegan options) in the heart of Footscray.

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  • Solid coffee and a locally famous pulled-pork panini.

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  • Victoria University in Footscray isn't just for the studious.

  • Dig through crates for rare second-hand gems, then dig into a toastie and a coffee.