Multifaceted Melbourne

Interesting things to see and do ::: by the full time MBA students of Melbourne Business School


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Welcome

In January, 2013, the Full-time MBA students at Melbourne Business School participated in a half-day challenge to jointly author a website showcasing interesting things to see and do in our city. The goal was to go beyond “regular touristy things”, and to present new experiences for visitors to enjoy.

Eleven teams of students brainstormed, observed and interviewed people, and put together a blog post showcasing a particular activity. Here are the results of their hard work.

Please  share your feedback and suggestions with each team by entering comments at the bottom of each blog post. Also, if you like a particular activity, kindly share it with friends and family or on your favorite social networking site.

Thank you for reading. Do try something adventurous when you visit Melbourne.

Kwanghui Lim

Associate Professor, Melbourne Business School


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A Kids Weekend in Melbourne

They say that the best things in life are free, and for kids in Melbourne that is very much true. Finding a cheap yet entertaining weekend for the kids can be a challenge. So to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best free and cheap activities on the north of river Yarra on Saturday and on the south on Sunday.

Saturday

Starting the day off at Birrarung Marr, just a short 5 minute walk down the river from Federation Square, there is plenty of play equipment available to keep the kids busy. All activities at Birrarung Marr are completely free.

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                        • Plenty of climbing equipment

The play equipment is open all day everyday, and has plenty of sun cover for kids.

Located next to the play equipment is ArtPlay, a civic studio where kids (and their parents) can be creative and express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. ArtPlay is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.DSC_0253_副本

Located a 2 minute walk from ArtPlay are the Federation Bells, a collection of upside down bells that plays seven different compositions (of 5 minutes each) that can be heard daily between 8-9am, 12.30-1.30pm and 5pm-6pm.

 

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A 15 minute walk from Birrarung Marr takes us to the Botanical Gardens, a treat for young and old, but the highlight of the gardens (for the littlies at least) is the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Gardens. Located near the visitor centre and observatory, the Children’s Gardens is focused on introducing children to the wonder of plants by giving them a space to get dirty, wet and have fun in a safe environment. Highlights include the numerous water features that spray water out of the ground, the little river that courses through the gardens, the bamboo forest, and the ‘kitchen garden’ a veggie patch to help kids understand where vegetables come from.

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Great on a hot day, or when looking to relax while letting the kids go wild in a safe location, the Children’s Gardens are open 10am to Sunset, Wednesday to Sunday and all public and school holidays and entry is free.

 

 

Where to go Saturday (click  for an interactive map)

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Sunday

QVmarketStart the morning at  Queen Victoria Markets. Covering an area of approximately 7ha, the Vic Markets are the largest open markets in the Southern Hemisphere. Find fruit and snacks for the days adventures as well as bargain priced toys and clothes. It’s a 10 minutes walk from MBS (there is a big carpark on the southside if you are coming from the suburbs but watch out, parking in Melbourne is expensive)

From the markets, take a 20 minutes walk up Lygon St. for an icecream and head towards the Carlton Gardens.

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The Carlton Gardens playground consists of two areas, one, sandy junior area for 3+ kids and a larger, two fort, multi tunnel/barricade area for older kids. There are also public basketball courts for older kids (with a 9ft and a 10ft ring).
There are public toilet facilities available and dogs welcome on leads (but not running free).

 

 

2013-01-07 14.21.48Just south of the playground is the Melbourne Museum & IMAX Theatre where both educational programs and the latest 3D blockbusters are screening. The Museum has a range of special exhibits but admission is free for children under 16 (and $10 for adults). They also do combination deals with the IMAX so if you are going to do both, save yourself a couple of dollars and buy a combination pass.

A short 10 minute through the park will have you skirting the edge of the CBD and on track to visit the Parliament Gardens Water Feature which is an overhead fountain that the kids will love (especially on a hot day). It’s a nice stop on the way to the next park, at  the Fitzroy Gardens.

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2013-01-07 14.56.19The Dragon is a combination slide, tunnel and climbing frame in a sandpit and (much to childrens delight) glows in the dark! It is accompanied by a set of giraffe swings and there are shaded areas and public toilets available.

Keep and eye out on your walk through the park for the Fairy Garden!

From Fitzroy Gardens, walk up to Victoria Street (5 mins) then catch the 103 tram down to Nicholson Street in North Richmond. There’s plenty of good Asian food along the street in this area if you need to stop to refuel as well as a shopping centre for anything that you haven’t been able to find at a corner shop.

Convent Gardens SheepWe’re now headed north up Nicholson Street towards the Collingwood Childrens Farm and the Abbotsford Convent. For the scenic route you can take a left at Gipps street and head along the Yarra River. While this path is a little longer, it takes you by all the animals so that sheep, cows and horses can be fed and patted through the fences.

This little touch of farmland comes at a price though ($16 for the family), there’s a cafe which makes a decent coffee and activites like milking cows, finding the chickens eggs and cuddling the guinea pigs (see website for details).Secret Garden @ the Convent Gardens

The Convent itself is a arts, learning and cultural precinct with artist studios and creative spaces for writers and designers, spaces for arts organisations, spaces for rehearsal and development, indoor and outdoor function spaces, a school, a radio station, a bakery, cafes, restaurants and bars.

There are traditional bread baking courses as well as summer nights markets and outdoor cinema sessions. See the website for what’s currently happening.

Where to go Sunday (click  for an interactive map)

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The Old Melbourne Gaol: Ned Kelly’s last journey in Melbourne

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A unique experience available only in Melbourne, the Old Melbourne Gaol is a living documentary of the history of Melbourne.
It’s claim to fame is that this is where controversial Australian Folk Hero and criminal, Ned Kelley, was brought to justice.
Ned’s story is one that traces the breadth of Victoria and culminates in Melbourne, yet impacted the entire nation.
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As an experience it is involving and educational, giving attendees a flavor of the life and end of a man who is often regarded as representing the spirit of Australia.
Visitors can wander the cells of the old Gaol and see the gallows where Ned was hanged, live the life of a prisoner in the watch house exhibit and take a role in the recreation of Ned’s trial.
But who was Ned?
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Dress up as Ned!

The most important question surrounding Ned Kelly was whether he was a hero or a villain? Some saw him as a symbol of the Australian spirit, someone who challenged authority and killed people. While other people saw him as a criminal and a cold blooded murderer. Despite this bad press, he is a well-publicised historical figure who enjoys fame many years after death.
Ned Kelly started off well, saving another boy from drowning when he was a child himself. However, when he was 14, he was accused of assaulting a Chinese man. A year after that, he was accused of being the accomplice of Bushranger Harry Power.
The real trouble started in 1878 when a police officer went to Ned Kelly’s family home to arrest his brother for stealing horses. The police officer claimed that Ned Kelly shot him in the wrist, although the evidence now suggests that he accidentally shot himself while drawing his gun. As a result, Ned’s mother was arrested for aiding her son with attempted murder and was sentenced to 3 years jail.
Although Kelly tried to earn honest money to appeal his mother’s sentence, he was unfortunately hunted by the police. Kelly and his gang engaged in a number of shot outs with police, which resulted in the deaths of a number of cops.
Eventually, Ned Kelly was captured, convicted of murder and executed at what is now known as the Old Melbourne Gaol.
Although Kelly was robber and a murder, he was a symbol of the Irish Australian resistance against the Anglo Australian ruling clash. One final disturbing fact about Ned Kelly was that he was in love with his cousin, Kate Lloyd.
The Court Room experience : Re-act the Ned Kelly’s trial

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Be the Barister and try to save Ned from his destiny, death!

Be the Barrister and try to save Ned from his deadly destiny

Put yourself on trial in the old Melbourne Court room, where one of the most wanted criminals in Australia were judged and sentenced to death.
This is your opportunity to play the role of the Judge, Prosecutor, Barrister, Witnesses or even if you have an Irish accent Ned Kelly himself!
You’ll feel the tension and drama that was played in this old court over the last centuries.
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If you’ve never been arrested by the police, here is your chance to experience life in jail (30mins).
You’ll be charged of a crime and locked up in a real jail by a very convincing Sergeant.


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From Dusk to Dawn: A Laneway Tour

Avoid the main streets and take advantage of the labyrinth of laneways in Melbourne to explore both familiar and unfamiliar shops, restaurants/cafes, and bars. From street art to name brand designers, breakfast to nightlife, Melbourne offers a variety of experiences within a few short blocks. Start at the oldest train station in Melbourne, the iconic Flinders Street Train Station and duck into the cozy lane that is Degraves Street. As the day comes to a close and the sun begins to set, end at Hardware Lane by Little Bourke for drinks and live music.

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DEGRAVES STREET: Dawn

Melbourne is called the “coffee capital” and one step inside of Degraves Street makes it clear. The narrow laneway is filled with boutique coffee shops and small restaurants, and a lively and friendly crowd of Melbournians and saavy tourists. Here you can enjoy a delicious breakfast and a coffee freshly brewed to your liking by an expert barista.

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THE CENTERPLACE: The laneway narrows

Sights and smells become more prominent as the laneway narrows. It is hard to stop salivating on the windows of small bakeries and all-day breakfast cafes. With tight corridors and intimate seating arrangements at every restaurant, the Centerplace is a perfect place for a cozy lunch time date. Just before exiting the Centerplace, don’t forget to take a peek at the alley of street art.

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AUSTRALIA ON COLLINS and THE CAUSEWAY: Name Brands and Comfort

If the outdoors and tight corridors aren’t your thing and you prefer the comfort of name brands and air conditioning (especially in the blistering January summer heat), just continue down the walkway mall between Collins and Little Bourke for an art deco retail centre that offers an interesting blend of boutiques and well known fashion outlets. From Melbourne’s largest atrium to sequin studded wedges and loud motorcycle boots, there is something for everyone. Overall though, the experience is much more sterile and traditional.

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The Causeway is notable for the heritage listed former Union Bank a tall curved palazzo styled building constructed in the 1920s which has a mezzanine entrance at the corner of the lane. Like Australia on Collins, the experience is more sterile but still has a number of boutiques and sushi bars.

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As you exit the Causeway, you’ll end up on Bourke Street, one of Melbourne’s liveliest streets; it is closed to cars but full of activity from the talented street performers, shoppers visiting the major retailers and happy tourists. Bourke Street also contains many arcades, such as the Royal Arcade and major retailers and department stores such as Myer and David Jones.

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HARDWARE LANE: Dusk

End your day trip at Hardware Lane with another great selection of restaurants and cafes. Hardware Lane, like Degraves Street, is an eclectic mix of traditional shops and independent boutiques. Grab a couple pints or cocktails at any of the numerous bars, listen to some live jazz, and mingle with the beautiful people of Melbourne until the next dawn.

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Melbourne on Bikes

BIKING AROUND IN MELBOURNE

If you have only 2.5hrs to spare and would like to visit Melbourne city, how would you do it?

A leisure bicycle tour on a breezy summery day would do the trick and it allows you to cover expansive city grounds all within 2hrs.

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Start with renting a bicycle from the University Square that is right across the Melbourne Business School… For a daily rental, it only costs $2.70 for the first 30mins; and $17 for up to 2hrs

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Remember, you need a helmet to ride around Melbourne, so head off to the nearest 7-eleven store and purchase a helmet for just $5 (tip: you can re-sell your helmet back to the7-eleven store for $3).

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Now, we are ready to explore the celebration of diversity, culture and history that the Melbourne city has to offer!

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As we made our way toward the huge ‘Merry Christmas’ sign hanging at the end of exhibition street, we found we had picked up a new member of our group. His name was Javier, and he was a tourist from Mexico.

“How do you find your bike?” I asked.

“It’s ok I guess, for what you pay” Javier replied. “Hey, what’s this for?”

“It’s a bell”
“What does it do?”

“It goes brriiinnng brriiinnng”

“Oh. Useful.”

Javier was intrigued why six locals would hire bikes together. “It’s like you’ve made yourselves tourists in your own city!” he laughed. And I guess he was right; riding around Melbourne, weaving in-and-out of traffic, jumping onto the bike paths when available and trying to ride one-handed whilst taking photos enables you to see Melbourne and its people from an entirely different perspective.

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Shrine of Remembrance: Melbourne’s iconic landmark and Victoria’s  war memorial of National Significance, dedicated in 1934.

One of the activities which is a must do on a hot Melbourne afternoon is finding a spot of shade under a tree and having a nap on the grass. It should also be noted is an old tradition of scholars past especially Issac Newton, I do believe he did his best thinking under a tree while having a nap.20130107_142715

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This little chap found a wounded wood pigeon on the Yarra and was intent on taking it to the safety of the Police….?! We weren’t exactly sure what the police might say but were more curious about the thought process going through his mind – a very honourable gesture but a feral city pigeon carried in hand to the police…! we encouraged him on his adventure thinking ‘we were all young once!’ as we progressed onto our next mini escapade…WP_000558

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No matter whether you may be a local or a tourist biking around a little ways from the CBD can be rewarding experience. In our little trip we witnessed a daring pigeon rescue hero, tourists who took the “Do not talk to strangers” to heart and sign language love.  Members also felt a wide range of emotions from ouchies, exhilaration, elevated heartbeats, penetrating Sun and a strong spirit of group bonding.

Though short, it was an enriching experience to see Melbourne from a different perspective and definitely a welcoming team bonding opportunity.


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Tattersall’s Lane – A Laneway to the Heart of Melbourne

Tattersall’s Lane is one of Melbourne’s hidden laneway gems. Located between Lonsdale and Little Bourke the lane is a collection of bars, eateries and street art which are characteristic of the city’s lively and alternative vibe. Starting in the heart of Chinatown at Little Bourke wander up past Indian and Chinese restaurants, reaching the eclectic bars of Section 8 and Ferdyduke whilst keeping an eye out for street art before getting to the modern Mexican heaven of Touche Hombre.

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The trendy outdoor bar made out of a shipping container claims it offers a unique lane-way experience. It is a bar in a box and a beer garden without a pub. The Container Bar represents Melbourne’s alternative lane-way culture with graffiti artwork, Chinese lanterns, parasols and packing crates. Also it offers top-shelf spirits to long necks and gets eclectic DJ’s playing which makes it extremely busy and – noisy especially on a Friday or Saturday.

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An Indian restaurant Situated on the Corner of Tattersalls La in the middle of Chinatown is known for its Indian cuisine. With lush traditional interiors, Gaylord provides rich flavored food cooked with Indian spices and a variety of dishes. Gaylord offers classical music nights on Friday and Saturdays with a loud decor. It is usually over crowded on weekends and also offers discount for group bookings. During weekends, it is common to find People celebrating birthday parties and other occasions. In comparison to other restaurants, Gaylord offers food in the reasonable price range of $ 15-20. For a food connoisseur, Tandoori chicken is worth giving a try.

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Shanghai Dumpling House

Shanghai Dumpling house is one of the few Asian restaurants located in Tattersall’s Lane. The restaurant is well-known for its good-quality and cheap dumplings (a plate of 8 piece of dumplings only costs $ 5!). It also offers Chinese beers for its customers: Tsingtao and Harbin beer.

Even though there is nothing fancy about the restaurant interior and ambiance, Shanghai Dumpling has its share of loyal customers in Melbourne. During the lunch time, the place is relatively crowded and due to its limited space, different parties of guest have to share the same table. While the service is pretty efficient and the food comes quickly, do not expect too much of warm greetings and chats from the waiters/waitresses. Regular drinks are self-serviced – you have to get your own cup and fill it with tea by yourself.

While there are some areas of improvement to be done in Shanghai Dumpling, it is still one of the places worth visiting in Tattersall’s Lane. In the end, the good dumplings combined with good price overweigh the so-so service!

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Street Art

From building side murals to quirky hidden portraits keep an eye out for Tattersall’s Fantastic Street Art.

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Ferdyduke

Ferdyduke is a bar on the corner of Stevenson Lane overlooking Section 8. The bar offers an interesting range of hot dogs with names including the Paul Newman, Pope John Paul & the Bohemian Rhapsody.Watch out for the alternative staff traipsing up & down the stairs. There is an abundance of art work on the walls including a plethora of Melbourne’s favourite bushranging son Ned Kelly & is also a great place to play spot Merv Hughes.
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Faces of Footscray

Faces of Footscray

A stone’s throw away from Melbourne, Footscray has been a Gateway to Melbourne for new immigrants.

Footscray is a collage of immigrant cultures fused together, characterised by various immigration waves over several decades. Starting from Italian and Yugoslavian migrants — and then post-Vietnam war — Footscray experienced a large influx of Vietnamese immigrants. Today, Footscray has a large Vietnamese population, with an increasing African migrant population.

It’s easy to be led astray in Footscray – with authentic Vietnamese, Chinese, and African cuisines, and exotic shops.

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How to get there

So close to the city, yet so completely different to any other suburbs within a 5km radius, Footscray offers a fascinating insight into the evolution of Melbourne, and the waves of immigrants who have contributed to the diverse fabric of Melbourne life.

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Jump on the Sunbury, Werribee or Williamstown line train from anywhere on the city loop to Footscray station – it takes a mere 10 minutes. Head North along the overpass, and voila – you will find yourself exploring the many faces of Footscray – the landing point for many of Melbourne’s diverse immigrants.

Nestled on the Maribyrnong river (Melbourne’s ‘other’ river), sits the city of Footscray. It’s an easy wander around the relatively densely packed city – stick to the centre, bordered by the river, Hopkins St, Barkly St, and Irving St, and you won’t miss a thing.

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Post-World War Two Mass Migration: Making new homes away in Footscray

Nick’s Olympic Doughnuts

Start your tour immediately next to the train station at Olympic Doughnuts. Nestled amongst the ongoing revamp of Footscray station and the surrounding regional rail link redevelopment, Olympic doughnuts is a true Footscray institution.

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Nick’s family arrived in the post-world war two years, and they have been manning this doughnut stand ever since – and you can certainly tell once you bite into the crispy and soft, jam filled dough.

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Italian migration: Cavallero and Sons Pasticceria

Tommaso and his wife Sarina Cavallero opened their Footscray sweet store in 1956, importing traditional Sicilian recipes, which are still made by hand the same way today. Tommaso’s son, Carmelo, and his wife Serafina now run the store, and they haven’t changed a thing. Fresh cannoli – made to order – are their speciality, and once you try one, you’ll know why!

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Franco Cozzo furniture store

Most Melburnians present during the 1980s and 1990s will recognise the name, and the man – ‘Franco Cozzo’ – from legendary TV advertising. In fact, the same ad, featuring Franco himself, was used for 20 years and can still be found on You Tube if you’re interested!

Rumours abound that the imported furniture had a little more ‘stuffing’ than usual, but to most Franco was a hardworking, generous man, who migrated with his young family during the 1950s – a success story for ‘new Australians’ everywhere.

The store is not really worth visiting – unless you’re in the market for some out-dated Italianate furniture – but a wander past the deteriorating store offers a glimpse into the lives of some of Melbourne’s most hard working immigrants. Who knows what this site will hold in a decade or so?

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Conways: Melbourne’s Fish Distributor

If you feel like some seafood for dinner, you must stop by Conways – these guys are the seafood experts of the Western suburbs. Established in 1960 by Con Goulas, and his son Dimitrios, Conway Fish Trading is a major distributor of fresh and frozen fish and seafood products.

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Whole baked fish, octopus, oysters, or whatever takes your fancy, they are more than happy to talk you through a recipe and teach you how to cook your chosen fish.

You can’t miss their sea floor entrance, and the characteristic mural on the Western wall – a must see.

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Growing prosperity – moving to bigger homes

It’s no doubt Footscray is changing – many of the Italians, Greeks, Macdeonians, and Yugoslavs who arrived in the post-world war two era have moved to greener pastures as their hard work has paid off. Prahran, Avondale Heights, Werribee, and Carlton, to name a few suburbs, have been fortunate to have become homes to the second and third generations, who have enriched those suburbs, just as their parents and grandparents contributed to the flavour and story of Footscray back in the 1950s.

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Little Saigon: a touch of Asia

Vietnamese migrants began arriving in Australia in greater numbers as a result of the Vietnam War in the 1960’s and 70’s.  Many of these migrants settled in Melbourne, and Footscray is home to a large Vietnamese community.

Vietnamese operate a variety of businesses throughout the main shopping district of Footscray, including bakeries, groceries, as well as arts and craft.

Footscray’s ‘Little Saigon Market’ provides a taste of Vietnam, with live crabs, green padan cake, Asian green vegetables as well as pigs tails and trotters.  The market is a great place to visit if you are interested in sourcing exotic items and cheap produce and is very popular amongst the local Vietnamese community.

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In the heart of Footscray is an antique business that imports traditional Vietnamese furniture and pottery. This business is run by a father and his son who moved to Australia from Vietnam 15 years ago.  They import a lot of their goods from Vietnam, which supplies the “best quality wood in the world”.  Their pottery is also imported from villages in Vietnam where the people are trained from a young age to be masters in the art.

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In more recent years, the Vietnamese community in Footscray has been reducing as the people are moving further out to suburbs such as Sunshine, where greater money can be made.

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21st Century migration: Aromas from Africa

If you’ve had enough of European cuisine and American fast food from the CBD, you could try out some traditional fare from the Northern and Eastern Africa. A popular suburb for immigrants from these regions, Footscray offers quite a number of authentic African restaurants and coffee shops. Walk along the streets around Footscray market and along Barkly Street and you will come across “African Town”, the “Selam Authentic” and the “Cafe d’Afrique”

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One such place is the Shebelle Bar and Restaurant at 241 Barkly Street. The owner and professionally trained head chef, Sheto, has been serving Ethiopian and Morrocan dishes prepared using traditional recipies. He is friendly and quite open to some chit chat. “We have customers from Australia, Asia as well as Africa. We also have a live African band on Saturday nights.” Out of a 3 page menu, the most popular dish here appears to be the “Harissa Chicken”, prepared in a Morrocan sauce. You can try it with some Ethiopian beer.

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Footscray’s underside

Drugs, Graffiti and Art! Be it association, correlation or causation, all three were found to be more than thriving in the lanes of Footscray!

From a (clockwise from top left) Beetle beached on an island, a decorative piece of art, to a soccer player ‘netting’ a goal that would put some premier league teams to shame, all show an artistic side of the diverse community.

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Footscray has more than its fair share of ‘Art Crimes’ on its walls. Graffiti artifacts are managed and displayed like an art gallery with provisions for avid art lovers to sit and admire the art ….

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… or may be to come up with a masterpiece by themselves!

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As a package deal, drugs can be solicited under the shades and emergency services are available just round the corner in case something goes wrong. And if the wrong could not be made right, ‘requiescat in pace’ would bless you forever.

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Gentrification of Footscray

Only ten minutes from Melbourne CBD and house prices at just under $1M, Footscray is placed to be the next big thing in affordability for Melbourne’s inner city yuppies. Scatterings of beamers amidst newly minted high rise apartments and millions injected by the local government and private investors leaves one to wonder about what the future holds for this suburb.

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Will it uphold it’s long tradition of being a stepping stone for the next wave of hopeful immigrants looking for prosperity or to the regret of its proud multicultural residents, will it become the next Port Melbourne?