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The Hardware Societe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
As featured in Complete Melbourne and 1 other guide
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120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9078 5992
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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78 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I walk passed this cafe everyday on the way to work and there are always inexplicably long queues outside The Hardward Societe. The lines stretch for ages and there is a lot tension amongst those waiting to get in. I have no idea why. I have eaten here several times and the food is pretentious, heavy 'french themed' breakfast fare.... More 

Thank Christopher-Hus... B
Southern Gold Coast
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Magic breakfast ! Superb food quality. Highly recommended and rightly so. We had a 15 minute wait time as it is very popular but it was worth every minute. Coffee to die for. Warm and cosy gets you out of the Melbourne weather.

Thank Dawn C
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My first meal arriving in Melbourne. I hv the mushroom breakfast and it is simply just "wow". I hv got like several poached egg', lots of big mushroom and bread. Never thought that mushroom can be that amazing as the key ingredient in the meal

Thank Wing Yan C
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were Recomended this place by some friends and were so glad we went. The food was fantastic and everyone in our group enjoyed it. I had the lobster egg benne and it was a taste sensation. Food and service was excellent. We did get there quite early though so didn't have to wait for a table...can't wait to return... More 

Thank TheRongos
Kingston, Jamaica
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited this restaurant one rainy weekend in September. It's popular so be prepared to wait! Even in the rain there was a crowd, but tables were turning because the list moved fairly quickly. The host was also very friendly considering the crowd surrounding him every time he came out to call a name. Once seated, we went with the baked... More 

Thank kir2wander
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There was a queue when I arrived for brunch and it was really worth waiting. The baked eggs were delicious and the coffee was very good. It really set me up for a day of sightseeing.

Thank Betteloc
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

do you want the positive or negative comments first? Positive - Waited around 15 min to get a table for five plus a child. Food was great, especially the WAGYU Beef Negative- don't order the drinks (coffee, tea) they are so small just like the toys kids play with! The lobster benedict was small for its price, not worth ordering.... More 

Thank HK E
Singapore, Singapore
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here because my friend recommended this. I came alone and waited for 10mins to get a seat (there was already so many people queueing at 9am). I was seated in front of the serving bar..and I could see all the food being served (everything looked very good!!). Okay, on the top of my mind - I had two choices,... More 

Thank sasalalala
Melbourne, Australia
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69 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Always wanted to come here and I do have to say the food is awesome! I agree with a previous reviewer that it is expensive, but for a special occasion I would always come back here! We went on a thursday at 9 am and there weren't any queues. Highly recommended.

Thank Nicole546829
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's always a challenge when your on your own to find a place that's welcoming and doesn't rush you.... or look at you like your a lost soul. Seating is on big tables with lots of other people. Food is absolutely lovely too. There's a big q but as I was single there was no q for me :) but... More 

Thank Sam25Nottingham

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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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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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