For a taste of Paris in Melbourne, it’s hard to dismiss Hardware Société. Its Katherine Place outpost is located a stone’s throw away from Southern Cross Station. Beat the queues and get there early (especially on weekends) and settle in at the bright très chic space – think pink walls, Parisian wicker chairs and vintage French posters – for hearty dishes and excellent coffee.
Fill up on the decadent croque madame or the baked eggs, which arrive in cast-iron ramekin overflowing with a still-bubbling concoction of eggs in rich tomato sauce. Or channel a European hotel breakfast with the Continental.