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Block Arcade

Travellers' Choice award winner
Central Business District
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Address: 282 Collins St., Melbourne, Victoria, 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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Lovely arcade

There are some very interesting shops to see as you walk through the Block Arcade. This is just another Melbourne gem

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Lois P
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We strolled in the street and had look at the buildings. The restaurant and shops are ok. We were there in November and new years decorations have started. The shops had v good display of various themes on Christ and fables associated thereto. That was the only worth seeing otherwise just a shopping street and can be given pass.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful historic building both inside and out but the shops and cafes are common and ordinary. Can walk through if u happen to be in the area but not really worth hunting down just to visit it. However, the Hopetoun Tea Room which was set up in 1891 together with the Block Arcade is definitely worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting place; however, it bothered me the way was ks idolized. It was as if Australia had been doing favor when invading Turkey. The building is beautiful and well-maintained. However, the ANZAC- related stuff gets really boring after couple of minutes. The place is good to understand English-speaking countries' approach to war.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are some very interesting shops to see as you walk through the Block Arcade. This is just another Melbourne gem

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

These days there is a long queue to get into the Hopetoun, with people taking film and photos of the window display of cakes. But eating there was not as outstanding as it looks. Average to small portions, strudel not warmed properly, nothing special about the service, and other patrons not particularly polite or friendly but possibly more concerned with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The arcade is typical of the Strand in Sydney, Brisbane arcade and Adelaide arcade in architecture. The Victorian Block is larger and more elegant designed to wow shoppers in the 1890's. It houses some interesting shops and well worth a walk through, stop at the cake shop.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're passing by, take a look but otherwise you can give this a miss. It's mostly quiet, with a couple of interesting shops, e.g. a restaurant with very elegant and colourful cake selection.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I just love the Block shopping arcade. I live in Sydney and the equivalent there would be the Strand Arcade in the CBD.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we enjoyed a pleasant wander around the shops, bought a few cards and some delicious chocolate, a very nice Sunday afternoons shopping

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great for architecture buffs! N food buffs! It's an immersion into Aussie food culture. Bring home a poster if you happen to be a big fan of Dr Seuss!

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