If I ever open a cafe, it would be exactly like this. It would be casual and cosy with a romantic charm; there would be fabulous and affordable breakfast and lunch options served on pretty plates, and there would be a gorgeous display of freshly baked sweet treats.

The Hardware Societe sums up my perfect kind of cafe. Plus, the lovely service just tops it off.

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - trays of macarons and other sweet treats

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - coffee

Zen orders the duck confit with calaspara rice, pinenut, dill and currant pilaf and wild roquette ($17) which tastes amazing. The pilaf is fresh and vibrant and complements the hearty duck confit brilliantly.

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - confit duck

I love my scallops and couldn’t resist having the scallops salad. There’s a generous number of plump juicy seared scallops with potato rosti, beetroot caponata, jamon and watercress ($17). It’s just so much awesomeness on this one plate!

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - scallops salad

Things get even better at the counter. There are drool-worthy trays of Danish pastry snails, croissants, canelés, macarons and more!

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - counter

So of course I had to get some macarons take-away for later.

The honey and lavender flavour turns out to be the best, closely followed by the lemon, and the raspberry & vanilla.

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - takeaway macarons

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - macarons

It’s a shame The Hardware Societe is closed for the holidays, but if you’re in Melbourne after 23rd July, then don’t forget to add this quirky little cafe to your itinerary!

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The Hardware Societe
120 Hardware St Melbourne, VIC
Phone: (03) 9078 5992
Lunch from 11:30am – 2:30pm

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  1. I love this place. We visited there in May and I ordered the Duck Confit. It was superb. My partner ordered the Spanakopita and it was deliciously perfect. We were lucky we only had to wait 5 minutes for a table. The waiter was also genuinely sunny to every patron.


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