Footscray is an inner-city suburb a few kilometres west of Melbourne's CBD.
Long a working class area due to its close proximity to the factories and warehouses of Melbourne's nearby industrial centre, it is also home to a large concentration of the city's Vietnamese population and increasingly a hub for the growing East African community, home to many immigrants from Ethiopia, Sudan and Eritrea.
Footscray is also notable as the setting of Russell Crowe's breakout 1992 film Romper Stomper, which dealt with a fictional gang of neo-nazi skinheads and their battle with the Vietnamese immigrants.
Footscray is affectionately known by some Melbourne residents as "Footsy", "Footscrazy" and "Footscary".
Footscray Station is only 3 stops from Southern Cross Station (in Melbourne's CBD) on the Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury and Watergardens lines. If the train is not travelling via the City Loop, it is only a 6 minute train ride and most trains even run express through the station before it, South Kensington.
A wide off road bike path connects the Docklands to Footscray along Footscray Road, riders should be aware the path crosses several dangerous trucks routes, a truck last killed a rider on this route in 2010.
Forty per cent of Footscray's residents were born outside Australia, hailing from 135 countries and speaking more than 80 languages. This ethnic diversity has fostered a vital street culture like no other in Melbourne.
Visit the Footscray Community Arts Centre, for visual art exibitions, music, theatre shows or a latte on the green lawns. In summer outdoor film screenings take place on the banks of the Maribyrnong River.
A $170,000 Indigenous rock art installation broke thru the sidewalks at Footscray Mall in September 2013, if the temperature raises above 26 degrees the boulders will emit mist.
Footscray's big and crazy Snuff Puppets open their studio doors to the public with new shows every November.
Footscray Park is one of the largest and most intact examples of an Edwardian park in Australia. Located on the south bank of the Maribyrnong River.
The brand new huge Heavenly Queen Temple is located in wetlands next to the Maribyrnong River and features a 16 meter high statue. - 20 Joseph Road Footscray.
Installation art filled the streets of downtown Footscray in the summer of 2012, the local council is committed to promoting more art in the area.
Downtown Footscray has a great community feel, with a dozen streets filled with small businesses.
While far from being one of Melbourne's shopping destinations, Footscray houses two large markets. The Footscray Market is a fresh produce and seafood market, catering particularly to the various ethnicities and local restaurants. Another large market is Little Saigon, which opened in 1992 to cater to the growing Asian population, but now has customers from all backgrounds. Little Saigon is noisy and crowded, with a wide array of tropical fruits and Asian produce.
There are also a number of interesting shops selling traditional African clothing, art and hair products.
Several large, over stocked $2 style shops, packed with weird Chinese imports, cheap plastic toys and household goods.
Like Victoria Street in Richmond, Hopkins Street running through the heart of Footscray is home to a number of very cheap Vietnamese restaurants and noodle shops.
The area centered around the Footscray Hub has become a Little Ethiopia of sorts, and Nicholson Street in particular is lined with African cafes and restaurants, mostly serving traditional Habesha cuisine (that of Ethiopia and Eritrea), characterized by stews and curries dished up on layers of flat bread called injera. Very tasty and ridiculously cheap.
Victoria St Seddon, often consider a part of Footscray, has over 5 cafes, in 2013 Common Galaxia opened and it serves Scandinavian open sandwiches on designer tables. 
Footscray's street drug trade and related crimes is dropping, but it is still common to see drug effected people in the main mall and station, central Footscray is covered in CCTV anti-crime cameras.
Footscray is in the Maribyrnong which had 1082 Crimes Against the Person in 2010, two thirds less than Melbourne's city centre, which had over 3500 for the same period.
Thousands of diesel freight trucks from Melbourne Port are still allowed to travel thru Footscray's streets, try and keep your distance, this might be hard on a bike as the area has few bike lanes.