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“Gog and Magog worth a gander”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Royal Arcade

Royal Arcade
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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Ranked #66 of 398 things to do in Melbourne
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Royal Arcade is a charming heritage shopping arcade in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. The Royal Arcade was proudly the first arcade in Melbourne and is the longest-standing arcade in Australia. Originally designed by Charles Webb and constructed in 1869, the arcade has high glass roof and windowed stores. At the south end, the arcade features effigies of mythical figures Gog and Magog and a clock that chimes each hour. The arcade connects Little Collins Street to the Bourke Street Mall, with a perpendicular passage running to Elizabeth Street in the west. The Royal Arcade is much loved by locals and tourists and is an icon of the city. It is recognised on the Victorian Heritage Register and Melbourne's Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade. The Royal Arcade is famous for its boutique fashion stores as well as specialty stores such as Spellbox where you can have your fortune read, Little royal Macarons and Babushka Russian dolls. The Royal Arcade houses an eclectic mix of unique stores with something to suite all tastes.
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“Gog and Magog worth a gander”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2008

The 1842 carvings of Gog and Magog strike the time on Gaunt's Clock in the Royal Arcade, which runs north-south between Little Collins and Bourke Streets - off the Bourke Street Mall.

I recently again admired Gog and Magog, who are at the southern end adjacent to a trendy coffee shop.

The Arcade is a grand old lady, different from 'The Block' Arcade nearby.

It should be on every Melbourne visitor's list of 'must-sees.'

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