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Block Arcade

Travellers' Choice award winner
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Address: 282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 9654 5244
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Voted #8 of 323 things to do and see in Melbourne by Tripadvisor and...

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.

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Beautiful decorative building

This arcade is such a beautiful place to wander through. My favourite store of course would be Haigs Chocolate. Well worth a stroll through

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This arcade is such a beautiful place to wander through. My favourite store of course would be Haigs Chocolate. Well worth a stroll through

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's well worth a wander through this beautifully preserved precinct with its gracious store fronts, and well worth popping in to the stores for the experience of seeing what Melbourne shops stock. And don't forget to have tea and cake at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms!

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Love this place really unique the walkway to the said and then into the block itself the floor the roof all amazing and if you go up he stairs at the end towards the Elizabeth street entrance the stained glass windows are amazing too Gauges as always a draw card for its chocolate and the cafe at the end has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The selection of shops in The Block Arcade is quirky and interesting. We went through it several times over two days and found it had much to catch the eye. The tea shop is a highlight, the window full of beautiful treats to enjoy once you can get a table.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This pretty little shopping center is quite ornate with small unique shops. Had a great Gelato/Tea shop in the inside corner.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must see when in Melbourne. Right in the heart of the city this beautiful old arcade has lovely shops and eateries that must be on your sightseeing list.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Must stop for anyone interested in architecture or photography! Beautiful old building and so well preserved

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came across this arcade by chance and spent some time walking through, browsing and buying. Interesting variety of small shops and a very busy tea room, to be visited next time. Lovely original features in the arcade. Take your camera!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying close by so passed through here here many times. A great assortment of shops and a lovely old world building

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent ,brilliant architecture Magnificent shops Great coffee shops,tasty coffee cakes and chocolates London Paris Rome eat your hearts out

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