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Top 5 Friendly Places in Melbourne

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by Michaelie Clark (subscribe)
Pun-loving freelance writer based in Victoria.
Published January 13th 2012
We've taken a look at Melbourne's most pretentious places – and now it's time to take a break from them. Check out our top five havens of cheer, charm and conviviality.

Friendliest Places in Melbourne
The Hepburn Springs may be the source from which Daylesford's happiness flows.

Daylesford as a whole is a very friendly place, and at only ninety minutes from Melbourne, it's very accessible to any frazzled city folk. The town's air of tranquillity may be due to the scenic surrounds, or the nearby mineral springs, but it is also renowned as a community dedicated to alternative living and the acceptance of diversity. Daylesford's friendliest establishments include Bella's Retreat, a homey cottage made for relaxation, and Chowder House, serving up food for the soul in more ways than one in its delightfully inviting dining room.

The Malvern Hotel
The place where everyone knows your name – well not quite, but at The Malvern Hotel, the staff does pay attention to patrons, going above and beyond to ensure everyone is happy. This of course keeps them busy, but they still make time for a bit of casual chit-chat with their loyal diners and beer garden enthusiasts.

Friendliest Places in Melbourne Pubs
The Malvern Hotel's garden of congeniality.

Thomas Dux Grocers
It may be owned by Woolworths, but checking out at Thomas Dux won't see you receiving the customary supermarket service. These premium grocery stores set standards for friendly attendants who don't act like they're being inconvenienced by having to take your money.

Syber's Book Shop
One of the best stores on Chapel Street, Syber's Book Shop is a great place to browse around for some intriguing titles. You will be warmly welcomed and probably rubbed up against – by the friendly resident cats, that is.

Friendliest Places in Melbourne Cafes
Is It Cafe offers banter in the backyard.

Is It Cafe
Who wouldn't be happy in a place where you can get perfect eggs and a bit a friendly repartee with the wait staff? Is It Café owners Jacqui and Dave spoke to WeekendNotes earlier this year about their prominent focus on customer service – and with the venue being a converted Prahran terrace house, you'll feel like you're having coffee, brunch or lunch at the home of a friend.
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Why? Fun and friendly experiences are a valuable commodity.
When: Anytime
Where: All around Melbourne
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I agree that friendly experiences are valuable - in fact, friendliness (like kindness) is a bit of an underrated characteristic - so thanks for highlighting these spots.

I didn't know about Thomas Dux grocers. I just looked at their website and they have a big collection of recipes. I might have to try making their rather tasty-sounding lemon curd tarts.
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