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Royal Arcade

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Central Business District
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Address: 335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 425 738 042
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10:00 am - 8:00 am
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 am
Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Royal Arcade is a charming heritage shopping arcade in the heart of...

The Royal Arcade is a charming heritage shopping arcade in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. The Royal Arcade was proudly the first arcade in Melbourne and is the longest-standing arcade in Australia. Originally designed by Charles Webb and constructed in 1869, the arcade has high glass roof and windowed stores. At the south end, the arcade features effigies of mythical figures Gog and Magog and a clock that chimes each hour. The arcade connects Little Collins Street to the Bourke Street Mall, with a perpendicular passage running to Elizabeth Street in the west. The Royal Arcade is much loved by locals and tourists and is an icon of the city. It is recognised on the Victorian Heritage Register and Melbourne's Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade. The Royal Arcade is famous for its boutique fashion stores as well as specialty stores such as Spellbox where you can have your fortune read, Little royal Macarons and Babushka Russian dolls. The Royal Arcade houses an eclectic mix of unique stores with something to suite all tastes.

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View it as a living and breathing heritage building as opposed to a shopping centre because there arent much to shop. but the various interior decors and the history gives you a... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

View it as a living and breathing heritage building as opposed to a shopping centre because there arent much to shop. but the various interior decors and the history gives you a surprise every turn of the corner. it reminds me of what Diagon Alley in Harry Potter would have been like if it existed in real life. There are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are many arcades in Melbourne and Royal Arcade is considered the better one. The conservation was well executed despite the many years it has been in placed. If you have time for only one arcade visit, Royal Arcade is your bet. You can access via Bourke Street Mall or via Elizabeth Street.

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Royal Arcade was built around 1850 and still retains the beautiful antique ceilings. It is nice to just wander through it and admire the building and the overall antique look of the place. There are dozens of restaurants and coffee shops and individual, unique shops. It is well worth a visit and very close to the Bourke Street mall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

A trip to Melbourne is not complete with stepping into the beautiful Royal Arcade. Eating at Koko Black and taking in the unique and not as expensive as they look shops is a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Our walking city tour took us through a bunch of the arcades, and the Royal Arcade was my favorite. It has the old Victorian feel and look with modern but classic shops. The architecture is easy to overlook while shopping, but take the time to look around; overhead is where some of the best views are.

Thank Louise M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I went yesterday with a friend, we wandered into every wonderfully different shop, if you have never been-add it to your list it is a must! Especially when Gog and Magog strike the bell on the hour- a touch of history-Have been going there for 50 years , still enjoy it!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

I try to time my visits to this historically-listed Victorian-era arcade to catch the chiming of the hour by the Gog & Magog clock... For over 100 years the bells of these two majestic figures have resounded through the arcade.. Some unusual stores (Eg. Spellbox, Babushkas & the Game Shop) that are well worth exploring can be found in the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

While it is not as decorative as the Block Arcade, it is close enough that you could make comparisons between the two. It is a bit more modern in perspective. It has a number of interesting specialty shops here, where the Block is more about arts and jewelry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

A charming and covered arcade of lovely small stores. Looked really festive and people were getting in the mood for Xmas! Block arcade is another such little gem close by.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

i had a 6 year old and a 12 year old with me and I thought I knew all there was to know about the shops in Royal arcade. When there with other eyes and interests it is amazing what can be found tucked away. We ventured into toy ,Dr Suess print,magic ,look making shops which held our undivided attention... More 

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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.