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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 28, 2012

The Devonshire tea was amazing! The Block Arcade is simply stunning, the architecture is so old world. A definite must if you're staying in the CBD.

1  Thank holly g
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

The Visitor's Center suggested this walk to us and gave us a map. Without stopping too long at any of the stops, it took about an hour. Very historic and interesting and took you in and out of alleys, streets throughout central Melbourne to look at and notice building facades, statues, cafes, etc. Lots of different styles of architecture.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Wander through the Block Arcade on the hour to hear Gog and Magog strike the on. to the Royal Arcade. Reflect on Melbourne's past. Coffee at Coco Black in leather chairs upstairs and peopl watch through the semi circle windows at th passing shoppers

Thank darceyvincent
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Block Arcade, is in the Centre of Old Melbourne. It is located in an Arcade just off of Collins Street, toward the Elizabeth St end of Melbourne. It is like stepping back in time, when things were made to last and to look stately. The Mosaic floor is beautiful. The architecture is more than 100 years old. Each shop has kept its old world charm. Only the very best shops reside in the Block Arcade. The Arcade has group tours during the day. It's a nice place to stroll without feeling rushed. It has the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in it, which serves fine food. It's window is filled with many varieties of cakes and sandwiches. It's the 'Grand Dame' of Melbourne eating. It's where grandmother's brought their grandchildren, and mother's brought daughters to experience the finer things in life. It would be their first taste of behaving grown up. Something of a debut into formal society. The food is excellent and varied for light lunches. It serves scrumptious food all day until around 4.00pm, Monday through to Sunday. It's a place where the customer comes first, nothing is too much trouble. Also, in the Block is Haigh's Chocolate Shop. Such wonderful chocolate treats, always worth a stop over for the sweet tooth. It's an enjoyable walk through time. It's where the female gender would walk as if in the early 1900s. A time when ladies behaved as such, wore gloves, hats, had good manners and etiquette was the norm. Today, it still has the same feel only with a more today feel. Office workers use it as a thoroughfare through to other Melbourne lane ways. Each lane way has its own individuality about it. Quirky shops and lots of eateries. Students congregate at tables in such lane ways. The area has a vibe about it. It's definitely worth the walk and perhaps an unusual one of a kind purchase from one of the off the wall shops. It's a must when staying in Melbourne. Not to be missed.

Thank Lyndell T
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Make sure you drool over the cakes - and continue looking at other nearby arcades. This is a beautiful precinct to visit, and is well worth a look if you're not from the area.

1  Thank Brent H
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