Footscray is changing fast. The African and Vietnamese communities have been here for decades, but in recent years gentrification has brought new demographics to the area.

The impact on the established communities remains to be seen. For now, it’s clear that the allure of cheaper rent, decreased competition and a sheer sense of possibility have revived many disused spaces.

These are our top new-guard spots to eat, drink and shop, plus a few old favourites.

Bad Love Club

A bakery-slash-bar with dessert cocktails.

Shop 5 68-82 Hopkins Street
Footscray VIC 3011

Phat Chicks Fried Chicken

Try the instant-ramen fried chicken.

a 549 Barkly Street
West Footscray VIC 3012

Hop Nation

An 1880s candle factory turned brewery.

6 107-109 Whitehall Street
Footscray VIC 3011


Brunch, bread, fresh flowers and more.

11 Argyle Street
West Footscray VIC 3012

Pod at PID

House-made scones and sodas are the stars here.

638 Barkly Street
West Footscray VIC 3012

Happy River Cafe

One of the best views in Melbourne.

45 Moreland Street
Footscray VIC 3011