We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Hardware Societe

120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9078 5992
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (205 reviews)
“croque madame” (27 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (1,405)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,325 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Made to wait at the door by rude staff who barely acknowledged us. Didn't bother to stay after the appalling welcome. Had high hopes but v disappointed. Would not recommend and will certainly steer friends and colleagues clear.

1  Thank Shivan J
Reviewed 4 days ago

The service cops a bit of negative feedback sometimes, but other than having to turn a lot of people away because they are popular, I just don't see it. The staff have always been helpful and engaging. The food is absolutely fabulous, innovative, reliable and...More

Thank magicpumpkin
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Delicious meals, reasonably short wait-time despite peak hour attendance, friendly and attentive staff, fair prices. A tiny bit cramped, but this is pretty much a given for a CBD cafe.

Thank Nick T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Food was good, we came just before they were closing so they were a little in a rush. The hot chocolate was amazing.

Thank Sivan M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visiting Melbourne, you expect some bloody good food and quirky cafes. Tucked away in Hardware Lane, this place has it all. Great menu, excellent service and the food lives up to the expectation. It's nice to go to a foody place that puts value in...More

Thank Journo77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coffee was delicious food was average we had the fried brioche special too sweet and the hundreds and thousands looked ridiculous.

Thank jebetow
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were told to make sure we had breakfast here at least once, and it did not disappoint. There was a constant line up, but we were prepared to sit outside, so did not have to wait for long. The service was very good and...More

Thank Liz S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lobster Benedict on a black brioche bun. Waiter's recommendation, glad I took it. People queuing in the rain to get in - worth it.

Thank Elise B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a weekday no lineup. Quickly seated by attentive staff. The food was lovely, coffee delicious and the service very professional. Though I do miss the cure meats board they used to do.... Apparently too much work for the chefs when it gets busy.

Thank Adam R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The dishes here are overcomplicated for no reason and are actually worse off than a wholesome home cooked breakfast done well. Fancy doesn’t mean good and this place is a prime example. Of course if your intention is just to be hip and different then...More

Thank steventyp
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
Nearby Restaurants
Hash Specialty Coffee & Roasters
172 reviews
.04 km away
White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster
64 reviews
.00 km away
Gypsy & Pig
46 reviews
.04 km away
Nearby Attractions
Hardware Lane
279 reviews
.14 km away
St. Francis Church
48 reviews
.16 km away
Michaels Camera Museum
31 reviews
.16 km away
Melbourne Chinese New Year
10 reviews
.24 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
5 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Dayeian | Reviewed this property |
Hunter valley is in NSW, 1.5hrs North of Sydney.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, 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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing