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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

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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.

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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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Belmore Biodynamic Meats


Supporting local farmers since 1996, this family owned and operated business stocks biodynamic and organic meats from Victoria’s best farmers. From grass-fed beef to organic turkey, free range chicken and duck, nitrate-free smallgoods and wild rabbit, the range at Belmore Biodynamic Meats ensures that meat lovers are well taken care of. With a loyal customer base, this local butcher doesn’t charge any extra fees or require a minimum spend for card usage, so it’s easy to pop in for some mince or few bacon rashers.

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Peter Bouchier


Inner-city dwellers and lunchtime shoppers can source top quality cuts of meat thanks to Peter Bouchier. Located within the David Jones Food Hall, Peter Bouchier is a long-standing Melbourne butcher with decades of experience delivering beef, pork, lamb and chicken cuts to customers located in and near the Toorak and Melbourne city stores. At David Jones Food Hall, customers can drop in seven days a week and use their card to pick up a few gourmet snags, a chicken breast or two or something larger like a whole ham.

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Donati's Meats


Leo Donati’s Italian butcher shop has been part of Lygon Street’s fabric for decades. Whether you’re in the market for some chicken wings, veal cutlets or gourmet sausages, there is no minimum spend for card use so solo dwellers are free to buy a single steak (with an opera soundtrack playing in the background, no less).