Find an outdoor parklet to enjoy
The City of Maribyrnong, known for its foodie culture and love of celebrating, is creating more outdoor dining opportunities for residents to safely enjoy the city’s restaurant and café scene in a COVID-19 environment.
While restrictions may be easing, it’s still not business as usual for traders with physical distancing continuing to restrict the number of patrons at restaurants and cafes. That’s why Council is working with businesses to increase their footprint outside, enabling an increased number of patrons to dine at a safe 1.5 metre distance from each other.
In 2020 Council introduced an innovative parklet program which was trialed successfully between October 2020 - April 2021. Following extensive community consultation the trial period was extended by Council until April 2022.
Parklets are re-purposed parking bays which can accommodate out-door dining and seating. With many residents still working from home, car spaces are not being used as frequently, so bays re-imagined for out-door dining makes better use of the spaces for our hospitality outlets.
Council is also working with businesses to increase footpath dining where streets/laneways adjacent to restaurants and cafes are opened to pedestrians to enable alfresco dining. Car parks and other vacant land near to restaurants and cafes may also be converted into outdoor dining venues.
Other, initiatives are being progressively rolled-out as businesses apply and conditions are met including road safety audits, providing COVIDSafe Plans and providing supporting documentation that makes this a positive and safe experience for everyone.
These initiatives are supported by the State Government’s COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund 2021 and the ambition to make widespread outdoor dining safe, practical and a reality this summer.
Find a parklet to enjoy
The 'Love Your Local' curated map has details of businesses with out-door parklets or businesses with good outdoor dining capacity. Explore the map, find a venue that takes your fancy and head to enjoy the outdoors. If your notice a business missing that should be on the list, send us an email with the business name and address to: email@example.com
To explore the full range of local businesses, and see what's on, visit the Love Your Local online platform.
Find a new pop up park to enjoy
Pop up park in Ballarat Street, Yarraville
The area in Ballarat Street between Canterbury Street and Anderson Street is opened to pedestrians. This temporary change will be in place under the outdoor dining trail program and will be reviewed again in April 2022.
Restaurants and cafes near the new public plaza offer an exquisite outdoor dining experience. Click the link to view a map.
Out-door dining Ballarat Street Yarraville(PDF, 371KB)
Pop up park in Byron Street Plaza, Footscray
The Byron Street Plaza pop-up park will continue to offer outdoor space for people to enjoy their take away food from neighbouring businesses.
Find laneway dining to enjoy
Yewers Street, Footscray
Back Ally Sally's will open Yewers Street to pedestrians between Thursday, 4pm until Sunday, 10pm. This temporary change will be in place under the outdoor dining trail program and will be reviewed again in April 2022. . Click the link to view a map.
Out-door dining Yewers Street-Footscray(PDF, 4MB)