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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Sustainability, simplicity and even transportability are the guiding principles of this Footscray cafe.

16-20 Leeds Street, Footscray

Small Graces

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

57 Byron Street, Footscray

Pie Thief

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.

297 Barkly Street, Footscray

West 48

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

48 Essex Street, Footscray

Footscray Milking Station

Solid coffee and a locally famous pulled-pork panini.

35 Bunbury Street, Footscray

The Reading Room

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

88 Ballarat Road, Footscray

Counterweight Vinyl & Espresso

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

32 Chambers Street, Footscray