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The Hardware Societe

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$$ - $$$
Central Business District
As featured in Complete Melbourne and 1 other guide
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120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9078 5992
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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186 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came for brunch and ate the Croque Madam (with duck rillettes) and Roasted Mushrooms. Both dishes were too rich for me. Our friend chose the Salmon Millefeuille, I enjoyed that more when I had a taste. A nice laneway setting, lovely eclectic decor inside.

Thank LauraEvans88
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We tried the croque madame and the eggs cocotte. It was really good, and you won't be hungry after this! Hot chocolate was delicious. Be ready to wait as the place is popular.

Thank Miamadvisor
Christchurch, New Zealand
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536 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Every meal here is absolutely delicious, this is our favourite melbourne brunch spot, the pork belly and also the baked eggs are amazing. Been here many times and we have never had a bad meal. Meal portions are large so good value for money and service is friendly and fast

Thank vampslayer01
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95 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Cafe culture is really intact in Melbourne. One of the most popular cafe in CBD is definitely Hardware Societe which is located on Hardware Lane. Almost all popular foodbloggers in Asia have a review of it, and mostly are good ones. I'm quite curious to try whether they're that good. Although I'm not really keen on queuing for food, but... More 

Thank palisade78
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I had baked egg n flat white. Actually baked egg is not bad not special. But flatwhite is normal but you can fine other good flatwhite.

Thank Yu-ri C
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Wow..... just wow!! Pretty much the best brekky my wife and I have ever eaten. The comination of seafood with a French influence was something i was uncertain about but that was quickly fixed. The flavours were nothing short of spectacular. I was left completely satisfied and in ore of what i had just eaten. The coffee was first class... More 

Thank Sutto07
Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A French brunch to remember. I had the duck confit with eggs and it was superb. The coffee is great, the service is good and the food selection is amazing. What a great place. I'll definitely be back.

1 Thank iAiver
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Omg what can I say. The best breakfast/brunch I've ever had!!!! We had to wait 40mins to even get in - the line was so long but so so worth it! The mocha is too die for and the baked eggs are delicious! We also loved how they had 3 kinds of jams and butter on every table free of... More 

Thank mirnakhoshaba
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My Wife and I went on Sunday and joined the long queue outside, however only waited only 10 minutes as there was only 2 of us. The service was polite and prompt and the specials of the day was the duck and polenta at $25 and brioche rubarb/raspberry $18, we ordered both to share. The meal was enjoyable and sharing... More 

Thank alan542
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71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth queuing up for - though as I was on my own, I didn't have to wait for long, they found me a single seat at the bar within about 5 minutes. I had the roasted (field) mushrooms with parsnip puree and poached eggs. They were perfectly cooked and seriously delicious. My coffee (and the follow up mocha) were great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
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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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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