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Royal Arcade

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Address: 335 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 425 738 042
10:00 am - 5:00 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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Beautiful surprise in middle of Melbourne

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Moruya, Australia
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Moruya, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

What a beautiful arcade. And built in 1896............a must to see for all newbies to Melbourne. So we jumped off the City Circle tram at Elizabeth St and went in search of this wonderfully historic arcade. And I was not disappointed by the expression on my Brisbane friend's face when we reached the grand clock of Gog and Magog. Very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Ate at Koko and black sat in comfy couches upstairs , nice for even cranky teens! I adore the Melbourne arcades especially Royal and Block teens are not so interested. The chocolate options though are a good distraction for everyone .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Another lovely shopping arcade in the heart of the city. Step back in time in these arcades. Lovely small cafes - excellent coffee & lunch options. Some wonderful small boutique shops.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Had a bit of time before I needed to return to my hotel so since this is just opposite Myers and DJs on Bourke Street decided to visit and see what was new. The Cocolat shop is till there as is Baboushka Russian babushka doll place. The Spellbox caught my eye so after looking at the window display I walked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

The Royal Arcade goes from Little Collins Avenue through to Collins Avenue, a big shopping district with department stores and all sorts of shops. If you take a little detour through the Royal Arcade, you can see the most elegant early covered walkway between the two streets, full of interesting shops and cafes. Like going back in time 250 years,... More 

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