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Block Arcade

Travelers' Choice award winner
Central Business District
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Address: 282 Collins St., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 9654 5244
10:00 am - 4:00 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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Quaint told world shopping charm

A real old world shopping experience. This arcade (including the fact that it's still refer to it as an arcade) is really authentic and beautiful. From the mosaics to wood... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A real old world shopping experience. This arcade (including the fact that it's still refer to it as an arcade) is really authentic and beautiful. From the mosaics to wood panelled finishes. It exudes genuine old world luxury with no mock - and that's due to it's authenticity. Lovely, I'll grade it an A!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gorgeous ceilings and mosaic floors, beautiful shops and cafes, I enjoyed so much this arcade, I visited twice during my 3 day short stays in Melbourne. I bought few things for my friends and had delicious brunch as well as sweet tea break at Hopetoun Tearooms. It may be better to visit the Royal Arcade and Burke Street Malls via... More 

Thank teatr33
Swan Reach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I always enjoy a stroll through here. Great architecture beautiful décor and fab stores. This is a must see when in the cbd.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A beautiful edifice in the centre of Melbourne. Lovely building, and well worth a look while in that part of the city, but unless you like Haigh's now mid-range chocolates, certainly not worth a trip for the shopping. Perhaps the eating? Full of little eateries, we chose one that simply didn't "get it". Music so loud conversation couldn't occur, and... More 

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Swan Hill, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is quite an impressive little arcade with interesting and quaint little shops. Worth a wander through checking out the ceiling too. Beautiful old architecture and very handy in the central part of the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good Arcadial shops and fabulous tea rooms, right within the main shopping area in Melbourne, a must do is the Hopetoun tea room, cake window to die for!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is a little hub of cafe's and vendors.The artwork and architecture of this arcade take you back in time. A lovely little spot that at times can be taken for granted by those that work in the city

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Block Arcade is one of the most stunning and iconic places to visit when wondering around as a tourist in this city. The architecture is lovely and the ambiance serene after the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Take the time to browse a range of interesting and unique shops I particularly loved the art work of Dr.... More 

Thank Laura J
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Block Arcade is one of the most beautiful and iconic places to take in when visiting the city. The architecture is stunning and the ambiance serene. Take the time to browse a range of interesting and unique shops. Grab a tea or coffee and sit down to take it all in.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The building had bistros, pastries, coffee shops and a few other shops. Nice architecture aside from that nothing special just a building with shops and cafes.

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