Brisbane's local favourites

These little Brisbane businesses are hitting well above their weight, and staying friendly while they do it

John Reyment

Stellar service and optimum convenience is the order of the day at these local favourites. It doesn't matter if you're ducking in for a quick fix solution, or you don't even know what you're looking for, they're going to help out. And when it comes to the cash register, they're savvy enough to let you pay the way you want to, with no worries and no minimums. 

Brisbane's favourite local takeaway office lunches or late night snacks
Restaurants

Brisbane's favourite local takeaway office lunches or late night snacks

These eateries – all of which are considerate enough not to have eftpos minimums – are so popular that you might want to consider arriving slightly earlier to beat the inevitable lunch or night rush.

Brisbane's favourite local bodegas
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Brisbane's favourite local bodegas

The bodega (literally translated from Spanish: wine cellar) is where you can grab cured meats, fine cheeses and often a bottle of vino to wash them down with. If you’re lucky enough to live near one of these local favourites, they have no minimum spend on card purchases.

Brisbane's favourite local bookshops and newsagencies
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Brisbane's favourite local bookshops and newsagencies

We’ve all had that moment when we’ve forgotten to pick up a birthday card for our dear aunt (sorry, Janice), or when we’ve run out of reading material for the tram. Luckily, there’s the humble newsagency and bookshop – and these local heroes won’t turn you away if you’re paying on card, no matter how small the purchase.

Brisbane's favourite local gift shops
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Brisbane's favourite local gift shops

Birthdays in Brisbane bring hilarious gift cards, stimulating games, unique homewares and happy recipients. The plethora of great gift shops makes finding the perfect item simple, and what’s even handier about these local favourites is that they have no minimum spend on card purchases.

Brisbane's favourite local coffee houses and patisseries
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Brisbane's favourite local coffee houses and patisseries

Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear leather aprons and are more likely to get excited about steam wands, extraction times and golden crema than they are about spandex suits or supervillains. The gun baristas at these cafés pump out top-notch coffee day after day – and they won’t turn you away if you’re paying by card.

Brisbane's favourite local fast food
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Brisbane's favourite local fast food

Fast food may be speedy, but it doesn’t have to be mass produced or unhealthy. These local favourites have plenty of character and flavour, quality ingredients, and you don’t have to worry about being charged a fee or paying a minimum on your credit card. Yep, that’s what we call convenience.  

Why there's no wrong way to pay
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Why there's no wrong way to pay

We’ve all been that person. The one that digs through their wallet in search of the lobster you were certain was hiding somewhere between receipts, only to realise you are, in fact cashless. You pitch up at your local coffee cart with an apologetic expression, wondering if you’ll be able to get your caffeine fix that morning. But here’s the thing – it’s actually fine to be that person. In fact, according to a recent Ipsos survey, 46 per cent of Australians want to be that person. That’s right, pretty much half of us would prefer to use a card or now even a mobile phone over cash for small transactions, and 72 per cent of us would like to have the option to use either. There’s a hidden cost to using cash – which is that it’s time consuming and pretty germy. Anyone who’s ever fumbled with change for minutes on end, or cringed when their server grabbed their food with the same hand they used to handle cash, knows that. The value of cards is more than just convenience. Imposing a minimum transaction amount for cards – or turning people away because their money isn’t the right flavour – isn’t a very 2016 look. That’s why Time Out is supporting Mastercard’s No Minimums campaign. Delivering excellent customer service is about giving people options, including the option to pay the way you want to. It also makes good business sense – two in five Australians surveyed said they avoid shopping at places with card minimums and fees. Turning away more than a third of your potential cus