Melbourne's local favourites

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

Photograph: Graham Denholm

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. 

Meet our Mastercard People's Choice winners
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Meet our Mastercard People's Choice winners

How exactly do you take out a People's Choice Award at the Time Out Food Awards? The night of the ceremony, in Sydney and Melbourne, we pulled aside the winners of the People's Choice: Best Bakery and People's Choice: Best Fast Food awards and asked them how they got here.  The answer: always put your people first. 

Melbourne's favourite local bakers
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Melbourne's favourite local bakers

Bakeries provide comfort and certainty in an increasingly hectic world. 

Melbourne's favourite local takeaway lunch
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Melbourne's favourite local takeaway lunch

Dipping out for a meal that is fresh, fast and delicious can be just the boost you need.

Melbourne's favourite local newsagents and stationary shops
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Melbourne's favourite local newsagents and stationary shops

If you can count on one thing in life, it's the humble newsagency and stationary shop.

Melbourne's favourite local bookstores
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Melbourne's favourite local bookstores

These bookshops offer expertly curated ranges and equally expert staff. 

Melbourne's favourite local providores
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Melbourne's favourite local providores

They give us the very best fresh fruit, vegetables and fine foods, and support smaller, hard-to-find brands.

Melbourne's favourite local butchers
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Melbourne's favourite local butchers

Despite being one of the world’s oldest professions, many of Melbourne’s butchers have moved with the times.

Melbourne's favourite local takeaway coffees
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Melbourne's favourite local takeaway coffees

The gun baristas at these cafés pump out top-notch coffee day after day.

Melbourne's favourite local late-night snacks
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Melbourne's favourite local late-night snacks

Just because you’re up in the small hours, doesn’t mean your snack options should be restricted to the few usual suspects.

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

Time Out is supporting Mastercard's No Minimums campaign.

Why every small business should know about the Limit Test

Why every small business should know about the Limit Test

This experiment shows what happens when you give people the freedom to pay the way they want to