Hardware Lane
Hardware Lane
4.5
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The area
Neighbourhood: 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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4.5 of 5 bubbles521 reviews
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Anthony S
Firle, Australia235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This review relates to Max’s in Hardware Lane. Busy, really loud, really nice meals. Have been a couple of times and always nice.
Written 7 February 2024
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David D
Melbourne, Australia191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Seafood , pizza , pasta plus Margaritas! All top quality plus the cherry on top was our amazing waiter JAY who always remembers us and gives us a welcome to make us feel valued as a customer
Written 30 January 2024
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Stay21624057797
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great selection of places to eat all within reach and close to city within walking distance. Major Department shopping very close.
Written 17 December 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Hardware Lane is one of Melbourne best-known "food streets." You can buy almost everything. Eat inside, or outside if it's warm. Hardware Lne runs between and Lonsdale St, it can be a bit hard to find.
Written 21 November 2023
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Travelove58
11,345 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
When we first arrived, we asked the hotel staff where we can find Aussie food. He said there aren't really any Aussie food but lots of Asian ones in Melbourne. And he mentioned a street that sells other Western food ( not Aussie food ). As we explore the city, certainly had difficulty looking for Western food in this city. Hardware Lane seems to be the only place where most of the restaurants sells Western food. And bars. Had a good steak at one of the restaurants here. Extremely busy street with lots of customers.
Written 1 September 2023
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PaulaMariaRogers
Cottesloe, Australia215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Such a treasure trove of food and wine. A great place to visit when in Melbourne. Stunning places to pause and enjoy a post shopping experience.
Written 23 July 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
A lovely terrace style vibe, over brimming with eateries, so much fun cruising up and down the lane taking it all in was so much fun.
Written 14 July 2023
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Paul L
Hallam, Australia958 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Solo
A great little lane way with a heap of eateries along each side. It can get busy but it goes with the territory - it's in the CBD!

It's actually hard to get all the way along this laneway without picking a restaurant but there is a good spread of styles. It would take some time to sample them all to any degree but being spoiled for choice isn't a bad thing.

Definitely a place to stroll down if you are after a bite to eat.
Written 19 June 2023
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Julee P
Bangkok, Thailand169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Short lane, less than 100 meters long, with nice restaurants and cafes, we went to Hardware Societe for breakfast everyday.
Written 8 May 2023
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Brian C
Melbourne, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
This lane is so vibrant with people walking past the great restaurants. Lovely food and drinks well worth a stop at one while in the city. So peaceful while eating there.
Written 5 May 2023
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