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Block Arcade

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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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Wandered through with my partner. Very pretty to window shop, worth continuing through to royal arcade. Hopeton Tearooms is also a great stop.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wandered through with my partner. Very pretty to window shop, worth continuing through to royal arcade. Hopeton Tearooms is also a great stop.

Thank A L
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This arcade takes you back in time. The structure of the arcade, the tiles on the floor and the amazing roof are all well worth the time to visit. The Hopetoun tearoom and Haigh's chocolates are also worth a visit.

Thank jackson3129
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful arcade with lots of interesting little boutique shops to walk through and discover - loved the chiming clock

Thank s3ason3dtrav3ll3r
Ulladulla, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a delightful arcade recommended to all! Great food and shops. Easy walk from flinders station and to Bourke street

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great arcade. Lots of variety shopping. Not to far from Elizabeth Street. You have a choice of arcades along this area all with lots of shopping.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am not a big fans for shopping, however, there is a good place to spend your time to have a rest or tea with the hot chocolate from koko black. There are 3 koko black in melbourne, but here should be the best as a tourist. Except enjoying the best coco in Melbourne, you could also enjoy the interior... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went there on our first day in Melbourne, because we were told it was a must. Nice place, but a bit disappointing as it is not as different from the crowded malls next door.

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

Block arcade is known to the locals. The place is stunning and showcasing the old world. It also boasts of some beautiful cafes inside which are usually chocolates.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was expecting something more from this market. It is just a covered market with anything you can imagine. I would certainly skip the area with clothing, so cheap. The area with vegetable and meat is ok. Then you have a third area were you can find street food and delicacies. Nothing special or different from any other market you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was here for a lunch with friends (at Olio's) and was amazed at the range of shops and eateries in this small space. It is very central, just off Elizabeth st, next to the Novotel, and well served by trams. Well worth a look

Thank Alex C

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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.