Though Australia might not be the first thing that pops into your head when thinking about Paris, chefs from Down Under are having a moment in the city of lights. From Holybelly to Fondation Café, Aussies are bringing the best of coffee and food to Paris. The latest addition to the scene is a transplant from Melbourne named Hardware Societé at the top of city in Montmartre, tucked just behind the imposing Sacré Coeur.
The décor is light, cozy with just the right amount of kitsch (hummingbirds on the wallpaper and a wall full of antique tea cups). I have been a few times now with friends, avoiding the ever busy weekend brunch times, and can report that it’s well worth the trip, particularly in this less food-heavy part of town. The coffee is expectedly stellar and served with donut holes – a rarity on this side of the pond! The menu puts fun twists on classic dishes, like red caviar on scrambled eggs, or cauliflower puree in a cocotte of baked eggs. All in all, it’s a nice experience to take in a quiet lunch here before going off to explore the quaint hills of Montmartre.
10 rue Lamarck
Open every day except Tuesdays