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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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Turn back in time

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Echuca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 4 days ago NEW 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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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

In the heart of a Melbourne CBD the Block Arcade is an ornate boutique shopping destination. A great spot for tourists to wander through and window shop the various boutiques. Except for the chocolate shop that you must go into, and good luck coming out empty handed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely to walk around here to browse the shops and have coffee and cake at one of the coffeehouses. Some special shops like Dr Seuss art, great for window shopping.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The block arcade is right in the center and has a popular tea shop inside for a little afternoon tea and cakes. Not a must see attraction if you are on a tight schedule

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely interesting shops, the floor and roof are beautiful, a nice quiet place in the middle of the main streets, the tea room is worth a stop just to look in the window.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful example of a by gone era, built around the Gold Rush time with lots of specialty shops including an historical tea room

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful design and architecture built to last with classic elegance. Look up, look down, it is all delightful. Lovely shop windows with character and quality goods for sale. So nice to see these beautiful arcades preserved and protected.

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