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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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • This place looks amazing! I love your style of photography also 😉

  • I SO wanted to go here when we were in Melbs over Easter but they were shut – so so sad!

  • i went here, loved the atmosphere!

  • I’ve heard so much about this place that I must visit next time I’m in Melbourne.

  • It seems it’s almost worth a trip to Melbourne to eat here. I keep hearing such wonderful things and those Macarons look amazing.

  • arrrr i still need to go to this place!

  • coffee looks great 🙂

  • Love love LOVE Melbourne eats! Cant wait to get bak down there. I’ll def hit up this place 🙂

  • 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.