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Block Arcade

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Central Business District
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Address: 282 Collins St., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9654-5244
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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More of a place to visit than shop

Located very close to Southbank in Melbourne the Block arcade runs in parallel with the adjacent Royal Arcade. This iconic tourist attraction of melbourne is praised for it's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Rowan H
Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

About 20 shops, and some good options to have food! You need to keep some waiting time budgeted for if you'd like to eat at Block Arcade. Very easily accessible from Collins Street, has a lovely old world charm.

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 866 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Located very close to Southbank in Melbourne the Block arcade runs in parallel with the adjacent Royal Arcade. This iconic tourist attraction of melbourne is praised for it's unique victorian architecture. It was designed in the 1890's with it's style based around that of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan (although having been to the later this is on a... More 

Thank Rowan H
Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Erected in the late 1890s, the Block Arcade teams with the Royal Arcade to give Melbourne a notable attraction that combines modern-day shopping and dining with Victorian extravagance. A really beautiful interior that teems with life.

Thank GPBurdell67
Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visitors to Melbourne should make time for this lovely arcade.Great little shops.Try to visit on the hour and see Gog and Magog strike the hour on the big clock.Also try Royal arcade and our great laneways

Thank harrietalvina
Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The block arcade has an interesting history with beautiful architecture and an eclectic mix of retail shops. If you are in the heart of Melbourne take a walk through and be amazed at the attention to detail of craftsman from a bygone era.

Thank Kegixa1234
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We love the little shops there, so unique and cute. And the floor tiles feels like we are in old London. The Hopetaun and the cat in the hat shop are my favorite.

Thank Linda20162016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you watch the Korean Variety show Running Man, then you'll find the macaroon store that Song Ji Hyo went to in the episode they were in Melbourne! But to be honest those macaroons lived up to the hype and were as amazing as they looked on TV.

Thank Elisa C
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Block Arcade is always worth a visit if you are in Melbourne. The architecture is amazing with the overlapping arches and the 1880's feel. Try and get into the Hopetoun Tea rooms to sample one of the best cafes in Melbourne or pop into Haighs for a chocolate hit. There are some other interesting shops as you wind through... More 

Thank Maxine T
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here just for a walk through all the shopping precinct. This arcade is one the most iconic arcades in Melbourne with all of its old architecture. Located within you can find tea houses, boutique shops, cafés, and sweet shops. A pleasant place to visit when in Melbourne on a day trip.

Thank Ryan L
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice but expensive A beautiful old building but the shops were very expensive .What else is there to say about a shopping arcade!

Thank ronnie201

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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.