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The Hardware Societe

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$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
Central Business District
Cafe, Australian
As featured in Complete Melbourne and 1 other guide
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120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9078 5992
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7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The advantage to jet lag is that we got here early on our first day, no wait and quick service. I had the crabviche with my husband having the ham hock benedict, both were delicious. The flat white coffee was the best I've tasted in the world. A place that really cares about the quality and ingredients. We will be... More 

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Thank JNeedham1987
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Coffee great, food sensational - the best place for breakfast outdoors in Melbourne. Tables turn over quickly so we'll worth the wait.

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Thank Jane W
Alyangula, Australia
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Whilst the food and coffee where great the personal space was not. Crammed in on small tables with minimal room for privacy and little room to accommodate coffee and large plates. We did not have to wait which was out of the ordinary apparently for this cafe however I prefer to have more space and intimacy when eating my breakfast.

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Thank Jeananne W
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Turned up to a large group of people waiting for tables. Approached the front of house for a table for 2. Had a short wait on the street until our table was available. Worth the wait. Great fried brioche, pork belly, coffee and iced chocolate.

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Thank Jonno D
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Three of us went to Hardware Societe around 11am, there was a long line, the lady told us to come back in an hour. The wait is worth it, the food is well presented and taste is superb. The place is really packed, mostly teenagers and many tourists like us too. In other words, this resto is very inviting, cute... More 

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Thank MrMt25 .
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Having seen plenty of great reviews about the baked eggs this was on our list of places to try in Melbourne. We arrived around 11:15am expecting to wait but were seated straight away at a community table with 5 other people. I had the Chorizo Baked Eggs which were amazing and my husband had the Pork Belly and Eggs and... More 

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Thank 2TinyTravellers
Auckland, New Zealand
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16 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Think we went around 10am and there were already lots of people waiting outside. You need to give them your name to put on the waitlist. 30mins+ wait but was worth it when we got to the food. Very filling too. Baked eggs done well! I ordered DEUX

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Thank jungjik
Cairns, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This cafe was recommended to us by our hotel concierge on a recent family trip to Melbourne. We had high expectations based on the online menu and the numbers of people waiting for a table outside the cafe for breakfast so on the third visit we decided to wait in the queue for 1/2hr until a table became available. What... More 

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Thank Flashg68
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The decor is modern & romantic. It's fairly busy so be prepared to wait. I had huge expectations as I love French food & breakfast ... so combining them is heaven. Presentation of food was perfect. However the lobster benedict (brioche bun) was ok, the baked eggs were overcooked & oily, the field mushrooms were watery & bland & the... More 

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had brunch at the Hardware Society on a Saturday. Amazing options, everything tasted delicious, the service was pretty efficient. We got there early, but still had to queue - so probably not the best place to go if you're in a hurry. Well recommended though!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9078 5992

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Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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