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Block Arcade

282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 5244
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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9654 5244
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Reviewed yesterday

Stunning heritage arcade offering a shopping experience like no other. You will definitely need your camera to snap the architecture, the window of the Hopetoun Tearooms & so much more. Visit Gewurzhaus (the spice shop), Haighs Chocolates, Beechworth Honey etc. I love this arcade, visiting...More

Thank Tracy B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Block Arcade is a great example of these little arcades that line Melbourne's streets. It's worth just walking through a couple of them.

Thank esquire84
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had morning tea in Hopetoun tea rooms. Very cute. Lovely cakes. Good service. Very prompt. We didn't have to wait long at all.

Thank Sharon N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Brilliant and gorgeous, full of visual delights. Everywhere you looked there were Beautiful things to see of a bygone era. A photographers dream with some of the structures and the graffiti on one or two was very quirky.

Thank SallyM-Turner
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I always enjoy walking through the block arcade. Lovely shops, and of course Haigh's chocolates. Love the history, architecture would recommend a stroll through.

Thank Denisedmelb
Reviewed 6 days ago

With so many historic buildings being demolished or updated so radically as to destroy their timeless beauty it is great to see that the block arcade has been renovated sympathetically retaining its old world charm and architecture.

Thank Geoff B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Quaint shops lined up in the area, nothing much for us to buy so we just walked around the area. Some cafes situated in the building like Royal Arcade.

Thank Yong P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from the beautiful olde-worlde charm of the Block Arcade, there are some great shops. It's only small but packs a punch. There are antique watch and jewellery stores, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms which have been there since 1891 (if you want to feel as...More

Thank Sam M
Reviewed 1 week ago

A genuine old Melbourne experience is to walk, no, saunter through the Block Arcade. It is so carefully preserved, and you can absorb the past and the present, and get pleasure out of seeing others doing the same thing. . As a local, I always...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful building with a very interesting history of you're willing to learn it, recommend visiting at least once as the best teashop in Melbourne resides here!

Thank BrownMCA
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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30 August 2015|
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Response from Tirebiter8 | Reviewed this property |
In the big picture, I suggest starting at the downtown Southern Cross Station, where there is an office where a nice person will answer all of your questions, give you maps, and sell you a Myki card, if you want. If you are... More
14 July 2015|
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Response from Oldjack | Reviewed this property |
Yes kit is a two block walk down the hill to Elizabeth Street and Collins Street and the Arcade is a few meters east of Elizabeth off Collins Street.