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Review of Block Arcade

Block Arcade
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Melbourne City Full-Day Tour Including Lanes and Arcades Walk
Ranked #10 of 433 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 August 23, 2013

Visited the Block Arcade in July 2013. The arcade offers a range of shops and quality cafes offering great afternoon tea sets,.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

An elegant arcade, there are some decent shops but none more so than the excellent Haigh's chocolate store. The best thing there is a generous issuing of free samples and tastings. The Hopetoun tea rooms are a touristy mecca for British-style high tea and there's always a queue. It's a very nice space but can get incredibly crowded on the weekends and in peak shopping times. There's not much else left in the city (apart from the Royal Arcade) that showcases Melbourne's heritage quite as well.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

The outside of the building already makes up for one lovely piece of architecture, but the inside is jaw-dropping gorgeous with stained glass windows, mosaic floors, glass shop windows and glass roof. It's sprawling with the hustle and bustle of shoppers and foodies alike filling the cute boutiques and cafes. Even if the stores are expensive, it's still worth the walk along its walkway and admire its classical Victorian design.

Thank Deana M
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Wonderful shops, great heritage, beautifully maintained, a unique destination. A real showcase with interesting history. Something to be proud of to take both interstate and overseas travellers. The craftsmenship of all the tiling, the stained glass and amazing ceiling is fabulous.

Thank Gypsy1952
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Felt at home with all the cozy stores and cafes - remember "Brown Sugar" cafe in particular - great atmosphere

Thank Alan E
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