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“High Victorian Elegance”
Review of Block Arcade

Block Arcade
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Ranked #10 of 432 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 November 16, 2012

This is a beautiful arcade with a variety of shops and cafes all close by. The coin and stamp dealer at the Elizabeth St end is worth a visit

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Unless you're looking for it, or stumble upon it by accident (like I did) it's a rather unassuming looking arcade from the outside. But step inside and its gorgeous! The architecture is beautiful as are the intricate mosaic tiled floors, painted ceilings and dome . It's not big and so can get a little crowded but still a lovely place to wander through. Take a load off and have something to eat while people watching or enjoy a High Tea at Hopetoun Tea Rooms, choose a gift at one of the stores or simply window shop. Any time I'm any where near I find myself strolling through and I seem to notice a new feature every time I do.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

The Block gets me in every time we visit Melbourne. It's just the atmosphere, the buzz of people chatting over a meal, the waiters encouraging you to eat in their establishment. Maybe is the European feel. Choose wisely though, some are very pricey.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

It great to just walk through the historic and beautifully maintained Block Arcade. Window shopping and convientint eateries make this a great spot.

Thank John M
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Very pleasant tour. Low key. Some of the sit down stuff a bit boring, but I was lucky there where a few really interesting people on the tour who had once worked in the city with Melbourne icons and the conversation between them and the tour guide was very interesting. A lovely way to spend a few hours in Melbourne if you like old architecture and want to hear some of the history of old buildings and businesses.

Thank Mary J
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