The only complaint anyone could have had concerning the stellar CBD cafe The Hardware Société was that it was too small, therefore sometimes being far too busy to snag a seat. Well they've addressed even that potential complaint, by doubling the chance of being able to grab a Société table by opening Mini Marché.
Mini Marché is essentially an extension of Hardware Société with a bonus twist: it’s also a foodstore that offers up a variety of interesting, mostly European, treats and preserves for you to take home.
Alongside the regular Société menu, Marché offers an impressive array of pastries, which are displayed on an attractive coffee station. Order yourself a Padre coffee, and it will come out to you complete with a micro-sized sugared doughnut sitting in the bowl of your spoon.
As for take-home goods, there are plenty of sweet treats, including colourful French salted caramels and chocolates that come packaged in art-splashed tins, then throw in some bottled goods (cordials and olive oils), or perhaps something special like chestnut puree, or proper Spanish paella rice. There’s even fresh produce with baskets of free-range eggs and a variety of artisan breads such as baguettes and brioche.
Take a little Société home with you with a visit to Mini Marché. Although we really don’t recommend that you try to replicate their famous fried brioche with your purchased loaf – some magic is best left to the experts.
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