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“Beautiful & great cafes”
Review of Block Arcade

Block Arcade
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$53.51*
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Half-Day Melbourne City and Arcades Coach Tour...
Ranked #15 of 450 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 December 8, 2014

Love to walk through here. Beautiful design, shops and great cafes for lunch or dinner and live music in the lane on fri nights.

Thank Ontheroadagain522
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

A great vibe in an excellent location in the CBD. The arcade has a few cafés and some good shops and interesting for tourists as it has a lot of historical character.

Thank Michele176210
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Love this arcade, have shopped then many times, Haig chocolate definitely worth a visit. Love the mosaic floors and the whole look of the building.

Thank Shaun G
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

It's one of the best time to visit the arcade now with all the festive Christmas decoration up. Felt like a time travel while strolling through the vintage arcade, reminded me of some arcade in Den Haag. It is lined with interesting shops selling spices from all around the world as well as the infamous tea room and lots more.

Definitely a place to visit for window shopping as well as actual shopping, it's strategically located near Flinders station and surrounded by shops and eateries. Apparently there is free tour available for those interested to know more of its history, a good suggestion to search online and plan for it accordingly.

Thank cync-eatloveplay
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

It's fun to wind around the streets and arcades of downtown Melbourne. There are a few old and what appears to be architecturally significant arcades. Block Arcade is one of them. The shops are cute and for the most part a bit pricey. I'm guessing the rents must be quite high here. Check out the floors, walls, mosaics.... It feels quite "European".

Thank OBD2142
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