International cuisine, culture, cinema, a single person’s paradise: Footscray is a small Melbourne suburb in the inner west that leaves a big impression. It's currently in the midst of a revitalization driven by a steady influx of young and trendy residents and a bustling food and cultural scene.
Proximity to the city and affordable properties have caught the eye of young professionals seeking a short trip home after a long day at work. There are also newcomers are immigrants from India, China, Vietnam, the UK, Africa, and Italy.
People who move to Footscray are submerged in a multicultural cosmopolitan center with dozens of nationalities represented. Commercially, this area is a hub for Australian film and TV, dance studios, and galleries. The Albright Performers dance studio teaches Hip Hop, Classical Ballet, and Jazz Ballet to both children and adults.
The Footscray Market, a large indoor seafood and produce market, is packed with hungry customers browsing over 30 food stalls and 50 other stalls offering jewelry, flowers, and more. There are over 130 restaurants in Footscray that feature cuisine from Asian countries, African countries, Italy, Turkey and Portugal, which is no surprise given the diverse inhabitants. Little Saigon is another popular destination, where the Asian community and lovers of Asian cuisines can shop a wide array of tropical fruits and Asian produce.
Footscray has an array of apartments and homes available to rent, but it's a tight market. It does have some areas with lush lawns and quiet streets that may be appropriate for families, but at its heart Footscray is a singles town that maintains a lively vibe with several block parties and festivals throughout the year. If you’re looking for a suburb with tons to do and culture, Footscray is the place for you.