The Idea Collective

The Idea Collective is a co-working space located behind a mysterious looking door at the Footscray Mechanics Institute on Nicholson Street. You even need a secret code to get in!

Stroop Ice Cream and Waffles

At Stroop Ice Cream and Wafels you can find twenty flavours of ice cream and sorbet at any one time, all made off-site using imported Italian ingredients and pastes.

Karlaylisi Restaurant

Uyghur cuisine is relatively uncommon in Australia, which makes a trip to Karlaylisi an exciting culinary adventure.


Just a short hop from the container ports synonymous with Melbourne’s west, you’ll find several shipping containers transformed into a cafe in Footscray. “I chose the name Rudimentary because I wanted to convey the idea of taking something simple and elementary and being resourceful with the basics,” says Des Huynh, the owner. “The word governs […]

Konjo Cafe

In 2004, the husband and wife team opened Konjo craft shop as a cultural showcase for Abdul’s African roots. Abdul was also frequently sought out by the Ethiopian community for his discerning palate, so the couple decided to extend their business to add an Ethiopian cafe in 2013.

Maples Cafe

Maples Cafe occupies a prime corner site on Paisley Street, near Nicholson Street mall, and it is a well-known feature of the Footscray streetscape.

Little Foot Bar

Littlefoot Bar is credited with being the first establishment to kick off Footscray’s now famously vibrant nightlife.