Your Footscray: Hidden gems in Footscray & Locals – Konjo

This article is a part of Your Footscray – an initiative of the Footscray Business Reference Group supported by Regional Rail Link

It’s time to drop back in on Rozenn and Abdulazize at Konjo Cafe. Coffee brewed, we sit down and ask their tips on the hidden gems of Footscray. What would people miss if they didn’t know where to look in Footscray?

What sets your business apart from others?
A: A few things. Our kitfo – a dish found everywhere in Ethiopia – is made with beef and spices and served three ways. Our breakfast (Ful) is extremely popular! We serve the best croissants in Footscray and our organic rainforest coffee has been voted #1 in Melbourne in Epicure. But most of all, we are really passionate about our food.

R: You can come here and stop and relax. We’re not only a restaurant; we are a coffee shop too. We have tried to create an atmosphere different to other Ethiopian restaurants, mixing modern and traditional. We want everyone to feel welcome here.

If you were a customer, what would you order?
A: I would order a platter. It is a perfect sampler of our menu and best shared with lots of friends.

Describe what you see as a typical “local” – a member of the Footscray community?
A typical Footscray person could be African, or Indian, or Asian.

Name something great in/about Footscray that is little-known outside the suburb?
R: Relaxed, friendly and open. There are no crowds so everything is easy to access.

A: It’s easy to walk all around Footscray because everything is close to the station. Just hop off the train and straight away you can do your shopping.