Follow the fun to Footscray, the ever-changing neighbourhood that's a fascinating balance of a growing arts scene and a hotbed of international cultures and delicious cuisines.
Once a centre for southern European migrants, these days Footscray is home to Chinese, Vietnamese, and increasingly, North African immigrants and their gastronomic traditions. Slurp a bowl of pho at a Vietnamese noodle house, get a masala dosa, or tuck into traditional Ethiopian injera flat bread. Opt for one of Melbourne's best steaks at the Station Hotel, followed by a craft brew at Hop Nation or a tidy tipple at Back Alley Sally's.
Locate exotic spices and ingredients at Footscray Market. Busy Little Saigon Market will satisfy your craving for tropical fruits and Vietnamese groceries. See the fireworks at Chinese New Year and the Tet Lunar Year Festival, a colourful Vietnamese celebration featuring dancing dragons, live music and food stalls.
Throw yourself into the dynamic local arts scene, led by the inspiring Footscray Community Arts Centre. The precinct features theatre performances, workshops, a bar and café, gallery spaces and is the venue of the annual St Jerome's Laneway Festival.