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Creperie Le Triskel is a joyful French experience in convivial Hardware Lane. Come here for excellent cuisine, a charming atmosphere and passionate staff who love what they do. Creperie Le Triskel is nearly always full, a testament to their modus operandi.
This cafe is famous for its excellent crepes and galettes. This is French through and through. The crepes are creative including pear, chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Or try a simple lemon crepe or some rasberry coulis. These crepes come folded over.
The galettes made with buckwheat flour are the savoury version and are also super popular. Meat, vegetables, gourmet ingredients and piles of melted cheese. The food is simple but so good.
Madame Sousou is a chic little French cafe on Brunswick Street that exudes style and warmth. Come here through the double wooden doors for quality coffee, cuisine and engaging staff.
Madame Sousou is an impressive place to meet with friends in an intimate and stylish setting. The coffee is excellent using the La Marzacco. The long black was generous and not lacking in flavour.
Having been here with friends several times, it's a great place for coffee and quality cakes. But of course Madame Sousou has a sparkling menu with great selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Chez Dre exudes a chic part industrial vibe with oodles of character and outstanding food and coffee to match. It’s again that nondescript entrance (off the laneway) that is so Melbourne. In a cool location opposite the South Melbourne Markets this French influenced beauty is currently talk of the town.
Chez Dre is unpretentious letting the fresh produce and amazing pastries do the talking. Having ventured there for breakfast on another eFriday (experimentation Friday with my work colleagues to visit a different café each Friday) I was struck by the red concrete floor, the open kitchen with chefs in their white finery, the breathtaking counter with macaroons and pastries, large gourmet baguettes, and the lounges and retro tables.
Chez Dre shows what you can do with a warehouse in a great location and a passion to bring a great culinary experience. You can tell this place has an inspiring vision as the marks of excellence are everywhere. It’s a great patisserie but more than a patisserie. With several pastry chefs, the patisserie products are out of this world. Yet the coffee is also great and worth talking about. My work colleague remarked this is the best coffee he’s had in Melbourne. Then others rave about the baguettes in terms of freshness, quality of bread and gourmet fillings. With the market across the road, there is an awesome accessibility to fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Hardware Societe is a great place to go for a Sunday morning lazy breakfast in Melbourne! It captivates with French sophistication and charm, and a high quality dining experience.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s able to offer something more than the usual brunch options, with a certain je ne sais quois, then Hardware Societe is the place for you!
Any restaurant worthwhile in Melbourne may involve a table wait and I’ve gladly waited for 20 minutes for a table at Hardware Societe. Spectacular news is that Hardware Societe are now spreading out and have taken over the building next door. The revolution is spreading!
The counter is a visual feast with brightly coloured tarts and macaroons, extraordinary brown chocolate creations, crème brulee and a host of amazing French sweets. Resistance is almost impossible!
Richmond Hill Café and Larder is a classy café with French influences and is a great place to meet people along the Bridge Rd strip close to the city. Another iconic Melbourne institution! I enjoy the city end of Bridge Road! Always find this place packed and popular.
This café has great French influences of light and space and of course the cheese room! The breakfast menu has some great signature dishes while the lunch menu is also impressive including Snapper, Spanner Crab and Green Mango Salad, the Hopkins River Scotch Fillet, Glenloth Game Chicken Schnitzel, and awesome Risotto.
Have frequented Richmond Hill Café and Larder several times and have always been impressed! I came here with a group of about 15 – not too difficult for this establishment. One of the few places you can book for brunch these days. We were ‘ borderline’ having to go to a set menu with over 10 of us. But a few friends rolled up unannounced. The staff at Richmond Hill and Larder was very accommodating!
A taste of Paris in the Melbourne CBD. This Patisserie is large and spacious and oozes elegance and charm. A great place to meet friends. The fit out here is classy, with marble topped counter areas by the window overlooking the lane.
The selection in the glass display cabinets is almost overwhelming. Try and choose from the amazing selection of baguettes, cakes, macaroons, and other tasty delights.
Self Preservation has a great ambience and is a popular café on Bourke St. Seems to be a favourite of office types and trendy set. Come here for great coffee, tasty menu options and the ambience.
To be honest I’ve found this place hard to find, only because the self Preservation signage above the café is easier to spot if you stand back a little – like on the other side of the road.
One of Melbourne’s best kept secrets. It’s a haven for those who’ve just endured a packed train ride. To unwind in Emily’s Place is the perfect relax. It’s a small café with a great ambience. In fact there are cool photos on the wall with a French/European theme. And, as typical of French themed cafes, quirky objects to be seen around the room.
At times there’s dreamy music playing away… And you can dream that you are in fact in Europe and not in bustling Melbourne Central.
Love the little booths with the small cushions. Sit here and have breakfast and read the paper (and/or check emails). Occasionally glancing up as the regulars stream in for their morning coffee.
A must visit for “foodies”! Iconic Melbourne institution, Waffle On offers some of the best waffles and baguettes in town! Amazing French owner Marc who has the gift of the gab! Or shall we say he has a certain je ne sais quoi…
Positioned in a great location next to the Flinders St Station exit to Degraves, Waffle On is a tempting option for passing traffic! On our office “experimentation” Friday we stopped here to enjoy some great French ambience.
Great French cafe on Smith St.! A little French gem and popular with locals. Seems to be people from all walks of life who visit this place. Walked past this place daily for a couple of months before curiosity drove me to venture inside.
Love the French host who is such a character and has a capable team around him. Love the chic ambience with green wall and classic light fitting. Love the French artwork/pictures especially the quirky green art figures along the counter. And incredibly a guitar mounted on the wall! My first thought was whether the chef also plays the guitar??
Great place to meet friends in this French themed café in Degraves strip. Come here for a great ambience with cool black and white French themed pictures on the walls, great food and silky smooth coffee!
With three waitresses and the barista proactive in attending to customer needs the service is excellent! I felt like any time I wanted anything they were there! Looked like they were putting in a big effort when it came to customer service! Several large boards with menu choices – so you can’t miss it!
Comme is one of my favourites in Melbourne! Enter through the large doors into a world of French sophistication! Be impressed by a spacious dining area with class décor and awesome ambience! Every “foodie” must make the pilgrimage to Comme.
Menu options shout with excellence across breakfast, lunch and dinner. Let’s face it - some fine dining places do lunch and dinner seriously but make token gestures for breakfast. Comme provides great gourmet breakfast options! I loved the baked eggs with chorizo, tomato, croutons and olives. Absolutely superb! The coffee is also first class served in a thermo cup.
Love the European! This is a place to go if you want iconic Melbourne! With the vibe of Europe! You travel to one of the prettiest areas of the city – that is Spring St. The doors of The European are iconic – in fact heavy doors that open into a world of finery and European elegance. When I entered wanting breakfast the waitress put me at the bar on s stool but I complained of a sore back so she put me at a table for four… Ordered a coffee which was great and creamy. Love the wooden chairs in classic design! Love the French prints on the wall! Love the old style clocks! Love the myriads of boards with menus!
The acoustics make for a chatty vibe. The European is elegantly long and narrow. Love the use of lamps and mirrors! This place has a certain charm!
I came her on a mission to try the Croque Monsier – featuring ham, gruyere, béchamel and mustard toasted sandwich for $16. Was magnifique! Thick buttery golden toasted bread with a melted sensation inside! A simple but enjoyable breakfast combined with great coffee! Could have eaten another. Other choices looked interesting like the Turkish Eggs and the Huevos Madrilenos! Will have to return also for the lunch and dinner fine dining delights!