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The Hardware Societe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
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
Today
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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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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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Delicious! I had the Spanish egg. will certainly return - looking forward to trying the other menu items.

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Thank Loni H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the best place for brunch in Melbourne. Coffee is good and price is average compared with other brunches, but the portion is descent. I always manage to come back here every now and then when I am in the area. Always bring guests from overseas to have their brunch here as number 1 place to go.

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Thank Jane B
sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The massive line was well worth the wait, I can see why people flock here. The food is high quality and slightly funky.

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Thank MummmTo3Boys
Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went for breakfast on our holiday and loved it. It's busy and bustling and there was a small queue when we arrived but we didn't have to wait long for a table. The waitress was great with our little girl and there was plenty for her on the menu. I had the baked eggs which were lovely. They had some... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were recommened this place by out hotel reception staff. So glad we listened to their advice and hunted the place down. Quite a busy little place with people coming and going all the time. We were sat just in front of he kitchen and i really enjoyed watched the chefs put together the delicious food. Definetly will return one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a variation of eggs Benedict and a breakfast dish from the daily specials. Both dishes were amazing, including the hot chocolate we had as drinks.

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Thank d0m3nik
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is on everyone's brunch list! The coffee tastes great! The pastry on the display looks yummy, almond croissant is so nice and sinful!! We have ordered "Egg en cocote" or baked eggs, there were two varieties to choose, one with tomato sauce and chorizo and another one was basil and pumpkin (vegetarian), both are very tasty! The place... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great place for breakfast or brunch. Ideal also for people that enjoy French breakfast, they have big croissants! I tried the baked eggs and they were very tasty.

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Thank potterducks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I had been advised that this cafe which is tucked away in a back lane has amazing food. When I arrived there was a small lineup which I heard can sometimes have people waiting up to an hour. Be prepared to share a table with strangers as they try to squash many people in...,service is very good....and the food is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the best breakfast i have ever had. Food was perfect and exceeded my high expectations. Food was quick to come out and service was fantastic.

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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, Gluten Free Options
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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