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The Hardware Societe

€€ - €€€Cafe, , Vegetarian Friendly
120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9078 5992
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (266 reviews)
“croque madame” (34 reviews)
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Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Have heard great things about this iconic Melbourne establishment and it didn't disappoint. Quickly directed to an outside table, able to watch the world go by. Menu is exciting and creative, coffee good. I had the fior de berrata, a creative vegetarian dish that was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 972antonyb
Reviewed 4 days ago

Busy French cafe where the food is delicious and different. Food was served very hot and was delicious with good portion size. Would recommend.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 868lizj
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small little place, DELISH breakfast. I had the poached eggs and smoothie and it was really amazing. Strongly suggest you try!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kennysullivan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place never disappoints ! I’ve bought friends here and recommended friends to come here and they all fall in love ! It’s beautiful food and breakfast not like anywhere else ! Friendly wait staff and definitely worth the wait in the queue

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lkamphuis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came on a Sunday morning, had to queue for a bit but being on my own I was seated pretty quickly at a shared table. Very good coffee, I asked the waiter for recommendations as I was wavering between the lobster benedict and the tuna,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank StineBL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly impressed with the food. I ordered Lobster Benedict served with poached eggs on a black bun which was absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced ($26) considering the there was a good amount of lobster served with the dish. I dined solo and sat at...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Damian S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Monday morning and were lucky enough to get a table straight away. Our mouths were watering as we looked over the menu and we placed our orders quite quickly. The coffees we ordered arrived promptly but it would have been better...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sophia G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I looked about online for a good place for breakfast in central Melbourne and The Hardware Societe came highly recommended. The offering is slightly left field with a strong nod to the presumable French roots of the café. I opted for the Croque Madame (basically...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Matt D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

And rightly so. This is an exceptional restaurant with such a creative menu on offer. The cold drip coffee was superb; the poached prawn special with pumpkin fritter and eggs was exceptional. Scrambled eggs and salmon is also highly recommended

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank teeay65
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect spot for a brunch (better to go before 9am or after 1pm not to wait too long). They often change the menu and we never get disappointed. I love their fried brioche; it is currently made with matcha. Also their hot chocolate is just...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Olleolly
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Questions & Answers
28 March 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from hellodi | Property representative |
Yes the brioche is cooled in a seperate clean pan
5 August 2017|
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Response from hellodi | Property representative |
No I'm sorry we don't take any form of bookings Thanks for your enquiry Di
7 January 2015|
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Response from Dayeian | Reviewed this property |
Hunter valley is in NSW, 1.5hrs North of Sydney.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 14:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
08:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9078 5992
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