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Sydney's local favourites

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

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. 

Sydney's favourite local bakeries
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Sydney's favourite local bakeries

When you’re enticed into one of Sydney’s best patisseries by the feather-light cheesecake in the window, or the scent of chocolate brownies fresh from the oven, you can be forgiven for wanting to take away one of their delicate cakes or buttery croissants right away. So it can be a pain when you realise you’re not carrying any cash. Luckily, these local favourites don’t penalise their customers for paying by card. There’s no minimum spend here, either. So treat yourself to something sweet – you earnt it.

Sydney's favourite local takeaway lunches
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Sydney's favourite local takeaway lunches

When you’ve got a limited lunch break and you need food to go, you don’t want to have to factor in finding an ATM – and nor should you. These local legends have no minimum spend on card purchases, and you get a super-fast meal that beats any homemade lunchbox fare.

Sydney's favourite local bookstores and newsagencies
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Sydney's favourite local bookstores and newsagencies

These bookstores and newsagents offer something for almost any kind of reader, whether you’re a sci-fi nerd, a studious student, or someone that just wants to flick through the latest copy of Love Magazine. The best part is, they won’t charge you extra for using plastic to pick up your daily read, a quick bite to eat or a gift card – because these local stores have no minimum spend on card purchases.

Sydney's favourite local providores
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Sydney's favourite local providores

Whether you’re picking up pickled onions or rushing out for rhubarb jam, you can shop for speciality food and items from the deli counter at these upmarket providores. The neighbourhood establishments don’t mind if you’re stocking up for a dinner party or just looking for a bag of limes. They don’t discriminate on price as all seven providores have no minimum spend on card purchases.

Sydney's favourite local butchers
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Sydney's favourite local butchers

Shopping locally for fresh meat means you get to know more about the food you’re eating and where it’s come from. These neighbourhood butchers operate on a paddock to plate basis and they can offer advice on how to cook and prepare their produce, too. The best thing? They don’t charge you extra for using plastic to pay for your purchases.

Sydney's favourite local takeaway coffees
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Sydney's favourite local takeaway coffees

There’s nothing worse than fetching up to a cafe with a coffee craving that’s ten seconds away from a splitting headache, only to discover you’ll need to find an ATM before you can achieve your caffeine fix. That would never happen at these places. Not only do they make delicious brews, zesty espressos, and perfectly velvety lattes, but also they’re all champion businesses that have no card minimum.

Sydney's favourite local small bars
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Sydney's favourite local small bars

There’s little more enticing than a neighbourhood small bar. A neat, warm place where you can go for a quiet drink after work, or spend a whole evening gossiping over olives and Martinis with friends. This is a celebration of some of Sydney’s little wonders, where size really doesn’t matter, including the size of your bill. Because being customer-first in 2016 means giving people options, none of these joints have card minimums.

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

Need a feed past midnight? It can be hard to find good food after the witching hour, and when you do the last thing you need is a hefty fee tagged onto that $6 slice of pizza. Luckily for night owls, these seven late-night eateries have got your back. They don’t charge a dime for ordering burgers, pizza, pork buns or fried chicken using your plastic money. What legends.

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