Block Arcade

Block Arcade, Melbourne: Hours, Address, Block Arcade Reviews: 4.5/5

Block Arcade
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Voted #8 of 323 things to do and see in Melbourne by Tripadvisor and winning the 2015 Travellers' Choice Award, join us on a personalised guided walk through one of Melbourne's most grand and historic landmarks,The Block Arcade. Built in 1892 and modelled on the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele in Milan, The Block Arcade is a heritage listed shopping arcade situated on Melbourne's Golden Mile and home to the largest mosaic floor in the southern hemisphere, its magnificent glass dome and the iconic Hopetoun Tearooms. Suitable for all ages, a guided walk through the Arcade will take you on a historical journey back to the early days of the Colony and a glimpse into Melbourne's rich and colourful history. Venture upstairs, which is not accessible to the general public, as you view the Arcade from its many windows and causeway. Tours run twice a week on Tuesdays or Thursdays. 11am - 12pm at $15 p/p 2 - 3.30pm at $22 p/p and includes a Devonshire afternoon tea. For groups of more than 8, prior arrangements can be made for alternative times/days.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
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.
Popular mentions

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amsterdamer78
Amsterdam, The Netherlands56 contributions
Dec 2021
High end quality shops. The best of the best. And cute little independent Australian made stores. You will need deep pockets here, but it really is a special place. We are from interstate so got some really nice Melbourne centric gifts.
Written December 23, 2021
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Hayley Pridham-Thatcher
Melbourne, Australia101 contributions
Jan 2021
Love it here, if you are ever in Melbourne please do your self a favour and visit the Block arcade, you won't regret it!
Written December 12, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,278 contributions
Nov 2021
The Block Arcade is a masterpiece of craftsmanship from the Victorian Age. It is a corner arcade between Collins St and Elizabeth St. It houses Melbourne institutions such as the Hopetoun Tea Rooms.Some premises are vacant at the moment, unfortunately.
Written November 25, 2021
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Peter B
Mapua, New Zealand6 contributions
Nov 2021
Elegant and calm. Always a calming sensation as you cut the corner from drab Elizabeth St and walk into Collins smiling and refreshed.
Written November 13, 2021
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Tommy Chek
10 contributions
Jun 2021
This is really like stepping back in time. Such ornate design and shops which fit into the time period - well almost!
Written September 26, 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia25,196 contributions
Jul 2021
Constructed between 1891 and 1893 this is one of Melbourne's best and prettiest but sadly there are some vacant shops and many are not that interesting. Go for the beautiful architecture.
Written July 11, 2021
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Joffa S
Melbourne, Australia304 contributions
Jun 2021
Most shops back open and was very nice to be back dropping in on them and spending some money in there. Covid precautions established everywhere which was great.
Written June 27, 2021
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Jay
Sydney, Australia20 contributions
May 2021
Stunning! We were in Melbourne for a quick holiday and was walking around the cbd and saw the place by accident. And spent like more than an hour taking pictures and shopping.
Would visit again next time we're back in Melbourne
Written June 11, 2021
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sydneysider48
Sydney, Australia875 contributions
May 2021
A splendid remnant of Victorian Melbourne, the Block Arcade is quite beautiful, with classic architecture, magnificent floors and shopfronts and an interesting array of shops.
Written June 6, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,278 contributions
May 2021
The Block Arcade remains from the time when Melbourne was truly marvelous. In the 1890s, Melbourne was one of the most prosperous cities on Earth. The Block Arcade is at the corner of Elizabeth and Collins Streets, a prime city site. The mosaics and decoration are prime examples of an age when costs was no hindrance.
Written May 29, 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Block Arcade

Block Arcade is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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