The emergence of Footscray’s arts, cultural and foodie scene over recent years has revealed it to be a true star of the inner west. Culturally rich, and community orientated, Footscray has earned its stripes as one of Melbourne’s most desirable locations due to its intrinsic charm and liveability.
Only 5 kilometres from the CBD, Footscray is awash with character and potential. Whether it’s the colourful chaos of the fresh produce markets or the jumble of cool new brunch eateries and funky cocktail bars, Footscray is a suburb where there’s always something new to experience.
The beauty of Footscray is complemented by convenience, with the city accessible in just 7 minutes by train or 15 minutes by bicycle.
Footscray is the beating heart of Melbourne’s west with its multicultural soul and colourful history, it’s home to hidden bars, new-wave microbreweries, hip cafes and the city’s best international food stores.
From the sights and smells of the famous Footscray market, with its exotic spices and outstanding fresh produce, to the burgeoning creative hubs near the Victoria University campus, Footscray is a hotbed of activity during the day. At night, it becomes even livelier.
Vietnamese eateries and authentic Ethiopian restaurants compete for attention with backstreet bars and burger venues. International music acts and local artists perform at the annual St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Footscray Park and productions by Footscray’s own experimental theatre company, Snuff Puppets, at Footscray Drill Hall attract teeming crowds.
Celebratory fireworks at Chinese New Year and the Tet Lunar Year Festival see Footscray’s streets filled with dancing dragons, live music and food stalls. Liberty One residents have the benefit of a birds-eye view from the rooftop recreational area.