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Block Arcade

Travelers' Choice award winner
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Address: 282 Collins St., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 9654 5244
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8:00 am - 6:00 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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Voted #8 of 323 things to do and see in Melbourne by Tripadvisor and...

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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Fun place beautifully renovated

A pleasure to walk through looking at all the shops and the architecture . We enjoyed a great breakfast and had fun in the Haigh chocolate shop

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A pleasure to walk through looking at all the shops and the architecture . We enjoyed a great breakfast and had fun in the Haigh chocolate shop

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent shopping and great food and drinking spots.close to bourke street mall good value food stops!!@@

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Take in the beautiful surrounds, explore the heart of Old Melbourne. Take tea at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms or indulge in some fine chocolate at Haigs. Swoon at the selection of glass and fine retail outlets.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Some great little outlets in this historic arcade. Much impressed with the architecture as well as the chocolates

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a must for the scales if nothing else. But there is...Haigs chocolates, stamp shops, coffee shops.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely shops and great architecture the tiles and the fine details are just beautiful. A walk in the past century, of a well kept shopping arcade.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Like going through here, great shops, lovely place, easy to move around, the architecture of this arcade is wonderful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Marvellous old world charm. Beautifully restored. If you want to experience the atmosphere of where the wealthy shopped when Melbourne was the most affluent town on the world ...this is the place. On the partisan end of Collins street close to everything. Trams run by regularly. Hopetoun tearoom is a must.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A feeling of joy and peace comes over me each time I visit the Block Arcade. Its architecture is lovely and the shops are so much fun. Try a Coffee, Cake or look at the lovely art. All possible in this iconic arcade.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

i used to busk in here when i was younger, singing in the great acoustic! a beautiful selection of quality shops, with the feel of Old Melbourne

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