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Block Arcade

Travellers' Choice award winner
Central Business District
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Address: 282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 9654 5244
10:00 - 17:00
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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

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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exquisite location to shop

This arcade is so beautiful and detailed, it was actually hard to concentrate on shopping. The details appear new, and the light passages a nice environment.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sidney, Canada
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Sidney, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This arcade is so beautiful and detailed, it was actually hard to concentrate on shopping. The details appear new, and the light passages a nice environment.

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Warrnambool, Victoria
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From our old world tea rooms at one end, to the indulgent chocolate and European styled cafe, this is a must visit every time we're in Melbourne (even if just walking through). The tiled floor is exquisite and it is always possible to find that elusive gift in one of the many eclectic retail stores. There's often an exhibition or... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely to wander through this arcade if you happen to be nearby. It has a very pleasant aesthetic. Nice to stroll through to get off the main street and soak up ambience from the architecture.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Voted as the thing to do in Melbourne, we found teh arcades and shopping lanes just an excuse to look at expensive shops in some nice locations/ Not really our thing

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I felt so special walking through and shopping in this mall, from coffee to lunch to watches and russian doll shops, this place has it alli

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Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a wonderful arcade to walk through. Make sure your pockets are full as this has to be a top end purchasing venue. If you are poor like me it is a wonderful place to go and dream. However well worth the visit.

Thank Les W
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this arcade. The record shop is amazing and the guy that works there is so nice and always happy to help great selection of music. I love the little italian cafe on the corner. Portions are a bit small but food is good.

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Historical building, beautifully cared for, high-end shops- especially jewellery. Need to get in early (or book well ahead) for getting a seat at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms (extremely popular!!). There's a really cute toy shop with a lovely display window of animal figurines (Dafel).

Thank LauraEKing85
Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not quite the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan but still something grandiose, a reminder of the days gone by. Everything about the Arcade it's a highlight the beautifully decorated interior spaces, the glass roof covering and impressive mosaic tiled flooring. It is a delight to have a coffee or a meal in such wonderful surroundings. Now go, see it for... More 

Thank Marlene F
Moruya, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have visited the Block Arcade several times while in Melbourne and I never tire of admiring the architecture or of visiting the shops in the Arcade. What a great mixture of shops - for the chocaholics, the young-at-heart,the hungry and thirsty,the fashionistas. One of the "must sees" in Melbourne.

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