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Block Arcade

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Address: 282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, 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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Really beautiful arcade to walk through

The block arcade Melbourne is a really beautiful piece of historic architecture to visit. Easy to find, hard to miss & lovely to look at. Afternoon tea at one of the shops was... read more

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

The block arcade Melbourne is a really beautiful piece of historic architecture to visit. Easy to find, hard to miss & lovely to look at. Afternoon tea at one of the shops was popular on Sunday afternoon with people queueing.

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

I love the block arcade such a special shopping location once of my favorites. the food here is made quick and all the right flavors. thank you

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take 5 and stop this us a great old building, Enjoy the decor, shops and history. Check out the floors,

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

More of a snap and go shopping centre which do not really offer much to travelers. Does not recommend a de-tour for the site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Another beautiful line to walk and shop and perhaps enjoy also a nice afternoon tea with friends. it can take you to the hidden line too. Enjoy and have fun walking .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Block Arcade is a very old building mixed with new modern shops. Charming,Interesting walking through to the chocolate tasting shop. Also other interesting shops around. I was there before oct.2016 last year.

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

The Block Arcade is a throw back to Old Melbourne with a rich collection of coffee shops, boutiques, specialty outlets and one off shops. Sadly a few of the older shops have disappeared with the change of ownership but the arcade still retains many of the original retailers and is well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A visit to the Block Arcade will take you back to 1892. Architecturally elegant, the arcade is ornate and a splendid example of Victorian Mannerist Style. Mosaic floor, glass canopy and carved stone are simply beautiful. If you're interested in touring, Melbourne's Golden Mile heritage walk, passes through the arcade. Definitely a must if you're taking in Melbourne sights and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When you wander through the Block Arcade - ideal on a rainy day! - be sure to look up at the beautiful ceilings, as well as into all the shop windows. Some of my kids' favourites - free chocolate samples handed out in Haigh's, watching the lollies being rolled out in the lolly shop, the games shop which always has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There's so much to like about the Block Arcade, the mosaic tiling on the floor and the interesting shops, jewellery, spice shop, Hopetoun tea room.. Haighs and lots of others. It's great to wander through from Collins St, through the Block, then through the Royal Arcade to the Bourke St Mall.

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