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Royal Arcade

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Address: 335 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 425 738 042
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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
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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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The oldest surviving arcade in Melbourne

A listed building, fully refurbished at the beginning of the 21th century. Famous for the light flooded interiors and the carved figures of Gog and Magog at the southern entry.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A listed building, fully refurbished at the beginning of the 21th century. Famous for the light flooded interiors and the carved figures of Gog and Magog at the southern entry.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pros: - Highly aesthetic architecture, with great history. A mecca for those who fancy dainty and fancy places. - Variety of specialty shops, and classy gastronomic establishments. - Located at the heart of the city, the Royal Arcade is within close proximity to city attractions, and trams. Cons: - The merchandise can be expensive for some. - It's touristy, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit the Royal Arcade and Block Arcade for a trip back in time. Try the enormous hot chocolate at Koko Blacks and wander through the quirky, slightly old fashioned shops

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely shops and a nice indoor spot to walk through. There were also some restaurants. It also had some nice statues at the end of the arcade.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

The CBD of Melbourne consists of not only comercial high-rises, but also historical and old elements like this one - a building from the Victorian era. Look out for the magnificent Gaunt’s Clock. The arcade also houses an interesting selection of stores (well, for a sweets lover like me at least) - Koko Black where you can get chocolates and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful architecture, quirky shops and boutiques, lovely cafes and coffee shops. Well worth a wander through and lunch if you are in the area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Interesting arcade with cute shops. Love the architecture. Charming in a way. Nothing special but worth a stop as you explore Melbourne. I had the best hot chocolate there at Koko Black while people watching.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I can see why Melbourne has been named the best city to live in many years in a row. They respect their history by taking care of their historical buildings with great attention to details. They also know how to mix the old and the new (when necessary). The Royal Arcade has been remodeled and looks stunning. Great to do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

This arcade is must see place for a visitor to Melbourne. The arcade was completed in 1870 and has been well preserved. It contains many small retail and coffee shops. The main attraction is the two giant figures, Gog and Magog who ring the chimes on the clock for the time every hour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

A walk way you must visit. You will see many small shop selling many thing not from Australia. You can find the chocolate shop HAIGH's , cafe and more. . walk to the end then find another line that hidden.

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