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Melbourne's favourite local butchers

Many of Melbourne’s butchers have moved with the times by offering customers a thoroughly modern experience

Photograph: Jo Stewart

Despite being one of the world’s oldest professions, many of Melbourne’s butchers have moved with the times by offering customers a thoroughly modern experience. The days of butchers having to switch between handling meat and germ-carrying cash are nearly over – these butchers welcome customers to pay by card, no matter how low the spend.


Cannings Free Range Butchers

As a card-only establishment, Cannings have done away with cash altogether. Preferring to keep butcher’s hands on meat and meat only, customers are encouraged to pay via swiping or tapping on the eftpos terminal kept on the customer-side of the counter. Whether you’re after grass-fed beef, free range chicken or sustainable seafood, Cannings delivers some of the best cuts in the business.

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Berties Butchers

You know a butcher is serious about the meat business when they have a barbecue joint out back. As a ‘paddock to plate’ butcher stocking organic, free range, pasture-fed meat, the folk at Berties do not mess around when it comes to meat. As a card-friendly operator, it doesn’t matter whether you’re buying a few snags or five kilograms of brisket – your card payment is welcome.

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Hagen's Organic Meats

With five locations over Melbourne, family-operated Hagen’s Organic Meats has all your meat needs covered. From lamb shanks to spare ribs, beef mince and beyond, these local legends of the meat scene are committed to providing Melburnians with the best organic cuts available.

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Meatsmith is a specialty butcher that cleverly merges meat and wine to create the ultimate pit stop on the way home from work. Whether you’re in need of some cured meats for a DIY charcuterie board or some rare-breed pork to put on the barbie, Meatsmith solves many problems all at once by offering meat, wine and dinner party accoutrements – all without charging extra to use your card.

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Old Style Butcher

Providing the west-side community with top quality meat, Old Style Butcher is everything a local butcher should be. They hand-roll their burger patties, make their award-winning snags the traditional way and don’t have a minimum spend for card usage. So if need a small amount of mince to make a bolognese-for-one, they’re not going to force you to spend more just to use your card. Plus, the Yarraville store has a wicked Wheel of Fortune situation – one spin could win you anything from half a kilo of mince to a free hug!

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