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Hardware Lane

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Central Business District
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Address: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne Laneway Discovery Running Tour Including Coffee and Donuts
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Bustling laneway with a historical edge

Lots of restaurants and food surrounded by some great architecture... a very interesting and delicious place to visit!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Frankston Sth, Victoria
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Frankston Sth, Victoria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of restaurants and food surrounded by some great architecture... a very interesting and delicious place to visit!

Thank Fran_from_Frankston
Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So many choices! So little time! Two restaurants over two nights and too many to attack! Most are reasonably priced. Wine lists vary. But consistent!

Thank bandg202
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed eating at a few of the restaurants on this small lane. It is close to our hotel and convenient to duck into to find a good bite to eat.

Thank Diane K
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great coffee and breakfast on Hardware lane, so many choices just lined up in a row. No need for a reservation, but take an empty tummy!

Thank Shona P
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This place is absolutely beautiful and has some great restaurants! I love heading here with friends or family because there is always something for everyone.

Thank Zara N
Buderim, Queensland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Hardware Lane is a popular little lane with a lot of coffee shops and restaurants, some very classy!

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

A good laneway to drop by if one is in the area. This lane houses one of the most popular cafes in Melbourne CBD, the Hardware Societe. One will surely spot this lane when you see lots of people queueing and standing around, all waiting for a table.

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Hamburg, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

- the food was great: the taste was great and the quality was good - the service was friendly and nice BUT: be careful at payment, they will charge you an extra 2.5% surcharge, if you ask for what is the surcharge, the answer is: it will deduct by payment with cash (that means they put a surcharge for credit... More 

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Mornington, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Quirky laneway full of character with predominantly Italian restaurants. Must eat here if visiting Melbourne. Take your pick of the different cuisines. Almost every outlet has there own spruiker out the front so be prepared to barter ie throw in a bottle of vino ( just remember it won't be top shelf!) or maybe let the kids eat for free... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Hardware lane is packed with restaurants on both sides. Great location for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Great lively atmosphere. Perfect for people watching.

Thank Helene R

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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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