Melbourne's favourite local providores

Of course they give us the very best fresh fruit, vegetables and fine foods, but typically they also support smaller, hard-to-find brands doing great things in the food world.

Photograph: Jo Stewart

Providing high quality essentials to the community while sticking it to the big players in the supermarket game, independent grocers are more important to the local community than most of us realise. Of course they give us the very best fresh fruit, vegetables and fine foods, but typically they also support smaller, hard-to-find brands doing great things in the food world. These providores don’t enforce a minimum spend or add sneaky charges when using your card – hurrah!

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Spring Street Grocer

4 out of 5 stars

The Spring Street Grocer is the saviour of city dwellers and workers with a taste for good produce. With a card-friendly policy, the Spring Street Grocer’s famous subterranean speciality cheese cave is there for you when you need a hunk of parmesan, while the upstairs grocery section is happy to oblige with everything from cans of imported sardines to jars of local honey and fresh lemons for when emergency gin and tonics are in order.

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CERES Organic Grocery

It might be located in a rustic urban farm setting, but CERES Organic Grocery isn’t stuck in the past and happily accepts card payment for even the smallest of purchases. Stocking everything from environmentally friendly detergent to organic, free range eggs, at CERES Organic Grocery you can also reduce consumption of packaging by bringing your own reusable container to fill up with staples like flour, rice and pulses.

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Organic Wholefoods

With three locations across Melbourne in Flemington, Brunswick and Fitzroy, Organic Wholefoods has been providing Melburnians with wholesome, organic goods since before shunning the big supermarkets became cool. You’ll find a top range of milk and plant-based milk alternatives, raw treats, superfoods, pantry staples and gluten-free foods.

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Frederick’s Fine Grocer

As passionate supporters of small, local businesses, Frederick’s Fine Grocer believes that making payment easy for customers is just one way to get people in the door. With no minimum spend or extra fees on card purchases, customers are free to drop in to buy anything from a cold-pressed juice to a jar of peanut butter.

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McCoppins Supermarkets

The McCoppins crew have curated a top notch collection of gourmet goods, pantry staples, craft beer and wine for the lucky locals of Clifton Hill and Hawthorn East. Known for having a very impressive deli section full of soft cheeses and smoked meats, McCoppins is committed to providing the community with the best things in life without charging card-wielding customers extra fees.

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Prahran Grocer

Independent grocers like Prahran Grocer provide much-needed variety and competition to the supermarket category. As a family-owned business with three generations’ worth of experience in the grocery game, these guys understand that you don’t always have cash on you, so they accept a wide range of cards and never enforce a minimum spend when swiping.

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Fresh Pantry

Located right near Southern Cross Station, Fresh Pantry is the friend of office workers searching for a few key ingredients before heading to work or home. Whether it’s an apple or banana to snack on, some goat’s cheese to add to your favourite recipe or a takeaway soup for dinner, Fresh Pantry has a wide range of fresh produce, gourmet goods and packaged meals. The best part is that it doesn’t matter how small the purchase is, customers are always welcome to use their card.

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Piedimonte's

Piedimonte’s is a godsend for northside locals in need of a few spuds for dinner or a couple of slices of ham for lunch. Stocking fresh veggies and fruit, gourmet cheese, olives, milk, yoghurt, cured meats and all the other pantry staples, Piedmonte’s supports local growers and small independent brands while embracing baskets of all sizes.

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