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“A step back in time.”
Review of Block Arcade

Block Arcade
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Melbourne City Full-Day Tour Including Lanes and Arcades Walk
Ranked #11 of 425 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.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A step back in time.”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

The beautiful glass windows and ornate tiled floors give an impression of a bygone world.
Some of the shop interiors match expectations, but many seem rundown or are too modern to fit in.
It's a calming experience to walk through on a hot day.

Visited January 2013
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Darwin, Australia
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“Unique shops”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Shop here for some great gifts that are a little bit different. It's worth going just to see architecture of arcade

Visited February 2013
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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“Lots of goodies!”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

You can easily pass your time here casually strolling through this arcade on Collins street. My favourites? Koko Black, which has amazing chocolates and A La Folie, the marvellous macaroon shop right in the centre of the arcade.

Do check out the Lindt Chocolate shop as well....amazing goodies!

Visited June 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Awesome place!”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

I love the feel and architect of the Block Arcade. It has that old school past time feel. And the macaroon shop is amazing! Definitely a must go place for people visiting Melbourne.

Visited February 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Very commercial”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Lots of shops selling over-priced goods. Many newly made tourist produced items. People would be better serviced looking around the streets for specialist shops selling what they are after.

Visited January 2013
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