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Block Arcade

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Address: 282 Collins St., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: 61396545244
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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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Classy and cool. worth walking thorugh.

This is the heart of Melbourne and is shows, classy shops in a good environment thats well kept. Whats not to like!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney
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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the heart of Melbourne and is shows, classy shops in a good environment thats well kept. Whats not to like!

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Perth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful building with speciality shops for the discerning shopper. Coffee shops, clothing and chocolate all abound to try and buy. Close to all other shopping and easy to locate. Visit every time I am in Melbourne.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a pretty and well kept mall but this kind of rich fancy shopping can get old quick if you're not into shopping. Some cute stores and lovely staff.

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Busselton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really good example of old school building and architecture. Shows that people used to build things to look nice as well as being functional!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went through this arcade on the walking tour. Although it had beautiful architecture, the shops are far too exclusive for us. But certainly beautiful to see, and part of Melbournes history.

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Jurong, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Brings be back a century. The hertiage block arcade brings back the old feel. Not lots of shops in there. But was there to enjoy and see the architecture of the facade.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I just love this building. Every corner oozes charm and history. There's a few charming little shops and cafés. It connects to Bourke St Mall where the Myer & David Jones are. Be sure to check it out when you're in the area.

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Mitcham, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a great place to wander and absorb Melbourne's history and some one off shops. The daily tours are definitely something all melburnians should do.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a nice little arcade with some interesting shops. However for us the "find" was Caffe Duomo. Fabulous coffee, real Italian food and great service! If you like fresh pasta and good coffee don't miss this little slice of Italy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The arcade doesn't disappoint. At worst it's a pleasant shortcut. At best its a cafe and shopping experience. The main attraction is the arcade itself rather than the shops.

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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.