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15° & RAINY ON WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER IN MELBOURNE
By Concrete Playground
September 16, 2019
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By Concrete Playground
September 16, 2019
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In recent years, few areas have had such an intense transformation as Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Now, shopping in the west extends far beyond just Footscray Market. But, despite an influx of new developments and fancy eateries, the area retains its strong sense of community, and residents (both old and new) can enjoy the Vietnamese and Ethiopian restaurants in Footscray, the relaxed village vibes of Yarraville and the growing arts scene in Newport.

Whether you’re new to the area, have lived there your whole life or only visit occasionally, there’s always something to be uncovered. We’ve put together this guide to the western suburbs with American Express so you can shop small and support local business. Take along your American Express card and you’ll be able to treat yourself to everything from golden triangles of roti to a new pair of glasses. West is best.

GETTING AROUND

Hop on a train to Williamstown, which will stop at all the main spots along the way, including Footscray, Seddon, Yarraville, Spotswood and Newport. You can switch at Footscray for a coffee and a bite to eat at Footscray Milking Station before jumping on a Sunbury line to head further out west.

DON’T MISS

With a booming community comes booming creativity, and you can’t miss tasting a beer at the woman-led Two Birds Brewing in Spotwood, catching a show at Newport’s The Substation (a not-for-profit multi-arts centre in a 100-year-old repurposed industrial building) and hunting for the perfect gift at monthly makers market Footscray Finds.

HIGH STREETS

Stroll down Barkly and Hopkins streets in Footscray, Gamon Street in Seddon and Nelson Place in Williamstown. The hero of Yarraville is Ballarat Street, where the old art deco-style Sun Theatre still screens cult classic and new releases, while the street itself has been transformed into a meeting place with trees, shops and cafes.

LOCALS LOVE

Somewhat forgotten in favour of neighbours across the bay, the western suburbs also enjoy life on the water from the riverside parkland beside Footscray Community Arts Centre, or from Melbourne’s first port, Williamstown, which was established back in 1837. See also: Altona Coastal Park, Jawbone Conservation Reserve and Marine Sanctuary, and the Maribyrnong River.

THE SHOPPING LISTS

Explore three of the western suburbs' thriving shopping precincts.

Your Western Suburbs Hit List

Looking for fresh produce, funky cheese or a one-of-a-kind gift? Find what you're looking for here.
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  • Design & Style
    Yarraville

    Standard Issue

    Designer fashion and gifts from a wide range of local and international labels.

  • Design & Style
    Seddon

    Uniform Black

    This appointment-only showroom in Melbourne's west created bespoke wedding rings for men.

  • Food & Drink
    Spotswood

    Two Birds Brewing

    This Spotswood brewery tasting room is a must-visit for anyone that loves good beer.

  • Food & Drink
    Yarraville

    Plump Organic Grocery

    Fresh, organic and bio-dynamic produce is at your fingertips at Yarraville Village.

  • Food & Drink
    Footscray

    Roti Road

    Authentic Malaysian cooking in the heart of Footscray.

  • Design & Style
    Seddon

    Beasley Cycles

    A family-run bike shop with a century of experience.

  • Design & Style
    Seddon

    Two Faces Eyewear and Optometry

    Community-minded providers of the power of sight.

  • Design & Style
    West Footscray

    Post Industrial Design

    This design store is committed to sustainable local production.

  • Design & Style
    Footscray

    Fabric Deluxe

    Find everything you need for your next big sewing project.

  • Design & Style
    Yarraville

    Lonni

    A Yarraville boutique stocking the best local designers.

  • Design & Style
    Seddon

    Far Fetched Designs

    This Seddon shop is selling wares made by independent creatives from across the country.

  • Design & Style
    Seddon

    Sedonia

    A Footscray favourite for homewares and gifts.

  • Food & Drink
    Seddon

    Common Galaxia

    A must-visit of the west for coffee lovers.

  • Design & Style
    Yarraville

    Mosey

    This small Yarraville shop is stacked with greenery, cute pots and gardening accessories.

  • Food & Drink
    Footscray

    Little Common

    A pint-sized coffee pitstop, slinging A Plus Coffee beans, bagels and sandwiches right near Footscray Station.

  • Food & Drink
    Yarraville

    Cornershop

    This corner cafe has become a Yarraville institution.

  • Food & Drink
    Williamstown

    Sebastian Beach Grill & Bar

    This Basque-inspired waterfront bistro grills seafood and pours sangria on a sprawling shaded deck right on the sand.

  • Food & Drink
    Avondale Heights

    Cannoli Bar

    Australia's first store dedicated entirely to the famous Sicilian dessert.

  • Food & Drink
    Footscray

    Bad Love Club

    Cafe by day, bar by night, sugar coma by choice.

  • Food & Drink
    Seddon

    Copper Pot Seddon

    A pan-European menu that inexplicably works exquisitely.

  • Food & Drink
    Footscray

    Up in Smoke

    Footscray's newest (and only) barbecue joint.

  • Food & Drink
    Yarraville

    Heal.Thy Self Co.

    All the superfood smoothies and organic snacks to heal thy self for good.

  • Food & Drink
    Footscray

    8bit

    Get a byte of Footscray's games-themed burger joint.

  • Travel & Leisure
    Yarraville

    Sun Bookshop

    A sweet little neighbourhood bookstore set in the former candy bar of an art deco theatre.

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