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Block Arcade

Travelers' Choice award winner
Central Business District
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Address: 282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 61396545244
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

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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Beautiful place

Just spend slightly under an hour to walk around and visit the interesting shops there. Visit Koko Black and have their lovely ice chocolate drink!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just spend slightly under an hour to walk around and visit the interesting shops there. Visit Koko Black and have their lovely ice chocolate drink!

Thank yjo
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hopetoun tea room was divine. So many beautiful cakes to choose from. We had a short wait to get a table, but so worth the wait. Staff were lovely, and the cakes were so delicious. Very elegant place to enjoy afternoon tea.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must visit if you're doing Melbourne. Lots of things to look at, food places, Haigh's Chicolates... If you're lucky, which is quite often, there will be a professional standard musical quartet or pianist or some form of top quality entertainment happening. I always walk through here just to check it out and revisit an old, beautiful friend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful old style arcade, fine arquitecture and exquisite decoration. Full of shops to buy trendy things, nice post cards, fine chocolate of parfum, among others. Nice restaurants and tea rooms.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

History at its finest! Melbournes little hub of class and culture! Hairs Chocolates, amazing glass sculpture shop, cakes and coffee to share.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really beautiful arcade with interesting little shops - well worth a visit, even to just walk around and soak up the atmosphere.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Block Arcade is a must see when you are in Melbourne. It truly is a beautiful place . the main area near the tearooms, just take your time and look at the floor. Really take your time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Located in the heart of CBD - this is a great place to do shopping and marvel the architecture of this building!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great cafe, Haighs chocolates, card store, always a shop to have a great browse in. It is a beautiful place to be

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This old arcade just keeps on improving and does it's best to keep up with the times. It has such history, and class from the time you walk in stepping upon the intricate tiles on the floors from Collins St, through to the traditional old style layout of speciality shops, where The Hopetoun Tea shop is still thriving within and... More 

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