You don’t make the top 10 on TripAdvisor unless you are doing whatever you are doing really well and Hardware Société is all that and a magnum of champagne. This is easily one of my top three places in Melbourne for breakfast. Let’s face it if you are one place behind Vue de monde on TripAdvisor that says something.
Will and Di have poured their heart and soul into this place and it is completely evident. One of their greatest achievements is their team. In what is an incredibly busy cafe which regularly has a line up out the door they manage to smile and delight the patrons with amazing service, superb food and quality coffee time and time again. Every guest I send here comes back raving about their experience. I can’t say enough about the place. Even the chefs are smiling!
Hardware Société is located on Hardware Street but down the quieter end between Lonsdale and Lt Lonsdale. The location is just perfect. All the ambiance without the touts makes this the in the know end of Hardware Street! Here you are offered up a genuine Melbourne lane-way experience with a smile. The decor is a kind of quirky country french cafe and what it lacks in size it makes up for in ambiance. The menu is perfect with lots of choice for everyone including vegetarians. Beautiful French breads, eggs, coffee, jams and pastries all are on offer. My choice was the baked eggs with chorizo, I can still taste it, rich and creamy perfectly seasoned with the eggs done just right. All I can say is I always anticipate my next visit and I have been several times which for me almost never happens, a testament to how good this place really is.
The only down side is if you do wish to visit on the weekend there will be a wait so my tip is to try mid week when you can relax and enjoy without the major crowds, but be warned it will still be busy especially before 9am and at lunch. Excellence has it price!
Hardware Société is located at 120 Hardware Street in the city and is open on Monday to Friday from 730am to 3pm and on Saturday and Sundays from 830am to 2pm. You can follow Will and Di on Twitter @hardwaresociete