Creative, multicultural and with everything you could want (and much more), Melbourne’s inner west suburbs are popular with locals and visitors.
It wasn’t that long ago that the suburbs that make up Maribyrnong City — Footscray, Yarraville and Seddon among them — hosted a lot of light industry. It is, after all, close to the Port of Melbourne, but in more recent times its proximity to Melbourne’s CBD has meant an influx of residents is changing the face of many of these suburbs.
Footscray is the biggest of the Maribyrnong suburbs and there’s so much going on here. The Footscray Market, right at the train station, is a centre for Asian grocers, butchers and fishmongers, as well as a bustling spot for a quick snack of pho or fried noodles. Various African communities have made their home here, and you can visit a number of restaurants and stores around Irving Street. But the winds of change mean there are new places, too: pubs with live music, American barbecue restaurants and hip cafes have all opened in the past few years.
Other places, like Yarraville, feel a little like a village within urban confines. Join the locals sitting at footpath tables sipping coffee then drop by bookstores and boutiques before finally taking in a movie at the art deco Sun Theatre.
Of course, the Maribyrnong River follows the eastern and northern borders of the city, bringing with it trails and parks that take advantage of the pretty natural setting.