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“Luxury from a bygone era”
Review of Block Arcade

Block Arcade
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Ranked #11 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 5, 2012

In a country with not alot of old buildings and architecture this is a treasure. Walking through here is a step back in time with lavish opulence from a bygone era. Beautiful floor tiles and ceilings and the Hopetoun Tea Rooms is here for those who dont mind queueing.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

I loved this arcade. Lovely to walk through with some great boutique shops. Favourite was the dolls and bears toy shop which sold lots of other knick knack toys as well. Would have liked to try Hopetown Tea Rooms but every time we walked past it was absolutely packed with lines out the door :(

Thank Wackey
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

True boutique shopping! Even just a must visit simply to see this beautiful arcade. We visited on our own but also visiting this arcade was part of a tour we done ... The history of the arcade was fascinating too.
Visiting the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the arcade is a must .... Simply Devine!!

Thank jaybee88
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We could not get enough of the Block Arcade. The architecture made it feel like we were stepping back in time and every window had something of interest. A must is a visit to the Hopetoun Tearooms to indulge your tastebuds, but don't forget to choose from the large array in the window before you sit down. It is a hard choice. Also Haighs chocolate shop with a huge selection that will make your mouth water. Loved it.

Thank Beverley B
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

It's like stepping back in time and finding yourself lost in all the little shops. A must for any visitor to Melbourne.

Thank Catherine G
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