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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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Large Choice of Eateries

A shortish lane, mostly populated by restaurants, a large number of which are Italian, but also Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese, catering for all budgets. You do get somewhat... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Solihull, United Kingdom
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A shortish lane, mostly populated by restaurants, a large number of which are Italian, but also Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese, catering for all budgets. You do get somewhat hassled by 'pullers-in' especially at the Italian restaurants. Always busy, with some street musicians to entertain you while you are eating.

Thank wendyanddavid536
Timmins, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are a lot of restaurants, bars & cafes here so you have lots of choice. We had a nice dinner at Max. Check it out,

Thank Barry L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Heaps of choice for cuisines in this small short lane. Plenty of various cultures and a great atmosphere. Felt very safe walking here alone at night time. Buskers really liven up the place.

Thank Annie R
Ulverstone, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely the best spot in Melbourne for breakfast. Lots of choices, it's very obvious which restaurants are the most popular, some with quite a line up outside. In my experience, these have definitely been worth the wait. Great atmosphere, will be back!

Thank Bec2809
Perth Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hardware Lane Melbourne, full of lovely surprises, coffee shops, little cafes, restaurants, you name it, it is here, take some time to explore this glorious area whilst in Melbourne.

Thank Mal H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great cafe , expensive for breakfast but high quality food. Good choice. Found it from other reviewers on tripadvisor.

Thank Robert B
Frankston Sth, Victoria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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

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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 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 30 January 2017 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 25 January 2017

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

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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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