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Block Arcade

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Address: 282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, 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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Nice arcade to visit.

We were staying close by so passed through here here many times. A great assortment of shops and a lovely old world building

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Newcastle, Australia
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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying close by so passed through here here many times. A great assortment of shops and a lovely old world building

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent ,brilliant architecture Magnificent shops Great coffee shops,tasty coffee cakes and chocolates London Paris Rome eat your hearts out

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful arcade with lovely old stores. There allso places to consume some drinks and nice pies and more.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked many of the laneways and arcades to experience the people, the art, the tiny storefronts and bars and restaurants.. it's part Latin quarter in Paris, part Venice twisting tiny pedestrian roads, part gritty London or Brooklyn. Fun experience and really liked the graffiti artwork.. we saw AC/DC lane and many other spots .. touristy of course but many locals... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These elegant arcades are a must to visit when in Melbourne. The decor is fantastic. There is a wide variety of shops to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited in March. This is a lovely place to shop and stroll. You could spend all day so make sure to give it plenty of your attention and take your time.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The historic Block Arcade is definitely a place to be visited on a stroll along beautiful Collins Street. Having recently been restored to its Victorian glory, this CBD jewel features a unique, high glass canopy, impressive stonework and an array of interesting small shops.This place is on the must visit list in Melbourne.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here to find Chocamama to buy sweets to take back as gifts. I ended up with Eucalyptus rolls and giant choc orange plus Aussie liquorice all sorts.

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Mole Creek, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fine 19th century architecture mosaic flooring, glass canopy ceilings, carved stone finishings unique shopping and eateries ,comfortable environment sophisticated lighting exclusive atmosphere .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While exploring the CBD with my friend on a recent visit to Melbourne, we wandered into the Block Arcade and felt like we had stepped back in time. What a beautiful arcade. I can't think of a better way to spend time than walking through this arcade, absorbing the atmosphere that the stunning architecture provides then popping into the exquisite... More 

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