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Royal Arcade

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Address: 335 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 425 738 042
9:00 am - 6:00 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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1869 Heritage of Melbourne- A Must See!

Every time we are in Melbourne, we always come by and see the Royal Arcade. It is a great building with a wonderful warm atmosphere. Its an undercover building, linking up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every time we are in Melbourne, we always come by and see the Royal Arcade. It is a great building with a wonderful warm atmosphere. Its an undercover building, linking up between Bourke Street Mall, Lt Collins Street & Elizabeth Street. Love the unique shops, the architecture... List goes on- Just make sure you bring your camera!

Thank KittyKat078
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place! Featuring an unusual clock and unique shops... it's a great place to get away from the bustling mall. Cafe Torta and Spellbox are my favourites in the arcade.

Thank Mked3
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love browsing the shops. Especially the Jewellery stores. A nice little store called Love It has plenty of reasonably priced items for gifts.

Thank Chris P
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This historic thoroughfare is beautifully maintained. With its expansive bright roof it is filled with novelty shops and alternative food outlets. It is worth stopping for a chocolate at Koko Black if you missed out on a Willy Wonka golden ticket! Good for photographs and can easily add to your downtown tour or exploration of modern street art (Hosier Lane).... More 

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

I recently visited the Royal Arcade. It is a small Arcade with some very nice different types of shops. Worth a visit. It is easy to find off Bourke Street Mall. Very clean mall

Thank cygnetboy69
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Really nice old building with fantastic shops inside... Did the hidden secrets tour and got to see this place and see the nice shops it had... They had really looked after this building well and I hope they continue to..

Thank Becky B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

This Victorian arcade is a feast for the eyes in old world charm and a great shopping experience, especially at end of financial year sale time. Specialist jewellery shops, Paint n'Powder with those glorious silk scarves from Paris hidden in the drawers for discerning clients- are too tempting. KoKo Black coffee shop has orange infused hot chocolate recommended and it... More 

Thank Elizabeth K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

This is a great shopping area in the middle of the city. Full of fun and quirky stores, a few cafes and beautiful architecture. Worth stopping by and having a look around.

Thank Anneline K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Described by other travellers as a great place to go for shopping and architectural beauty, "Royal Arcade" might falls a bit short of that for some. There is no doubting its looks. But with a relatively short length, and consequently small number of shops, the interest for the average traveller will peek quickly as the choice is so limited. Should... More 

Thank Michael_from_AU
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

The Royal Arcade is a charming parade of shops featuring deep Victoriana architecture very familiar to visitors from the UK. Packed with a variety of styling shops there are certainly many nooks and crannies to explore and enjoy. It's also good for some quirky features such as the giant statues of Gog, Magog and Father Time positioned high above the... More 

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