Melbourne's West: Things to Do, Eat, Drink and Shop

29 Nov 2019 | Dale Campisi | Michael Brady

Melbourne’s west has some absolute jewels ready to be discovered – the vibrant street life and diverse culture and cuisine of Footscray is a drawcard; while Yarraville combines the feel of a country town with the coffee and culture of an inner-city suburb. These must-visit venues, profiled in Melbourne Pocket Precincts, give a taste of what the west has to offer.

melbourne pocket precinct sun theatreThings to see


8 Ballarat St, Yarraville

The much-loved gorgeous Art Deco Sun Theatre is the cinematic heart of the Yarraville village, screening a diverse selection of new release, popular and arthouse films from around the world. Today it’s a beautifully restored gem that contains eight luxurious cinemas of various sizes, each with its own Art Deco-inspired decor and many gorgeous original details.

Melbourne pocket precinct victoria hotelWhere to drink


43 Victoria St, Footscray

This old-school corner pub has been reimagined without losing its character andcharm, with a menu of classic counter meals and nouveau pub cuisine. While it still looks much the same from the outside, the Victoria Hotel has had quite a bit of work done since it was known as Harts Victoria Hotel. The sticky carpet is gone, the floors have been polished and there’s enough warm timber and subdued lighting to balance the concrete beneath your feet.

melbourne pocket precinct perfect splashWhere to shop


61 Victoria St, Footscray

This cute-as-a-button local shop is operated by talented creative siblings Annabelle and Alana and sells Melbourne made goods that will make your heart sing. Perfect Splash is the colourful front to their studio space out back, where they make functional and decorative ceramic pieces under the name Paradise Structures, and design and produce their own line of limited-edition clothing for men and women.

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Where to eat


128 Hopkins St, Footscray

Get your fill of some of the city’s best pho soup at this bustling Vietnamese eatery. It’s regularly full of hungry local families, workers and those who travel to Footscray just to eat here. The glass-fronted space is bright and not too trendy: grab a window seat for the best spot to watch the action on colourful Hopkins Street. The atmosphere is fast and fun, with pop hits playing on the stereo and young, light-footed staff who make the place run like clockwork.

Melbourne pocket precinct extract footscray community artsThings to do


45 Moreland St, Footscray

Community spirit and creativity come together at this neighbourhood arts complex with a view. It has performance and exhibition spaces, as well as music, theatre, dance, exhibitions, and workshops that showcase the talents of local artists and performers. The Indigenous cultural program is outstanding, and linguistically diverse migrant communities, refugees, people with a disability, trans and gender diverse people are all welcomed.

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