Fondly known as Little Saigon, Footscray in West Melbourne is home to a vibrant Vietnamese food scene. Follow this trusty food guide to Footscray to find the best banh mi, pho, bun bo Hue and more.
For an authentic taste of Vietnam in Footscray, it’s hard to go past the banh mi thit at Nhu Lan Bakery. Five dollars buys you a crusty baguette loaded with pork, ham, paté, pickled vegetables and coriander. Don’t fancy the pork triple-whammy? Try the BBQ pork roll or braised chicken and onion number.
116 Hopkins St, Footscray
This family-run favourite offers a broad sweep of Vietnamese cuisine, from zesty coleslaws to fragrant hot pots. Whatever you order, be sure to include a serve of the Sapa Hills Special Spring Rolls, which are wrapped in rice paper for a crunchy, bubbled coating.
112 Hopkins St, Footscray
One of the best pho restaurants in Australia, Pho Hung Vuong Saigon produces generous bowls of beef pho with an aromatic broth, tender sliced beef and brisket, and a flurry of fresh herbs, beansprouts and raw onion.
128 Hopkins St, Footscray
Another favourite for pho is Pho Chy The, a long-running restaurant serving soul-soothing bowls of Vietnam’s signature noodle soup. With 19 varieties of pho to choose from, this one warrants repeat visits.
92 Hopkins St, Footscray
If you’re craving a Vietnamese noodle soup with a spicy edge, visit Tan Huu Thanh for their bun bo Hue, a robust broth of pork and beef stock flavoured with chilli, lemongrass and prawn paste. They do a mean bun rieu (crab and pork soup with blood jelly) too.
100 Hopkins St, Footscray
For a bowl brimming with rice vermicelli, pickled vegetables, marinated proteins and a fragrant fish sauce dressing, order a serve of bun cha at Thien An. Top-notch toppings including Northern-style grilled pork, stir-fried beef, or pork spring rolls with barbecue pork.
32 Irving St, Footscray
The fresh banh mi get mixed reviews at To’s, but we love this light and bright bakery for its authentic Vietnamese sweets, such as fluffy taro buns and pandan crepes filled with coconut.
122 Hopkins St, Footscray
Have a hankering for Vietnamese food in Sydney? Check out our gourmet guide to Cabramatta.
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