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Block Arcade

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Address: 282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9654 5244
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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
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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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Gorgeous place to shop

Whether you want to shop or not - the Block Arcade is really worth a visit. The Arcade is a beautiful reminder of previous times and amazing to look at. If you want to shop, there... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whether you want to shop or not - the Block Arcade is really worth a visit. The Arcade is a beautiful reminder of previous times and amazing to look at. If you want to shop, there are many high quality shops in the Arcade.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No trip to Melbourne could be complete without a stroll through this iconic arcade!. Whether it's on your own or with a friend or two, it's heritage architecture, richly furbished boutiques and exquisite surrounds make you feel as though you have stepped back in time to a more genteel age, a golden age. It's good for the senses...try it, it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service lovley Cakes Line up to get in but well worth it .. plenty of variaties to choose from and cater for gluten free good choice

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Beautiful, luscious shops that make you want to eat and buy something special..maybe even for yourself.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely oasis on a girls shopping trip away. Lovely cafes and bars for lunch, coffee and a rest! Cute boutiques and shops. A piece of old Melbourne well worth checking out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When you are in the Melbourne CBD dont miss out on taking a walk through the Block Arcade which is home to Haigh Chocolates. I always make sure I get my Block Arcade fix when I am in Melbourne. There are lots of cafes and shopping in this cute historical arcade.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a gorgeous little Arcade in the heart of Melbourne with the most wonderful little boutique shops including chocolate shops, doll shop, cards and gifts, cafes, paintings and much more. It is like entering a magic land, and is suitable for all ages. Children love looking around in awe at the beauty of the place. Take your camera.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have travelled extensively and the Block Arcade is world class. It has a wonderful ambiance and old world charm. The many and varied shops are a delight. It you are visiting Melbourne, it is a MUST!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The old adage of good things in small packages fits The Block Arcade like a glove. Chocolate is my greatest weakness and Haigh's Chocolate is my families passion. I travel from the Yarra Valley just to buy chocolate and send it back to Perth. But that's another story. I love the quirky mix of retail, food and beauty. I always... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You cannot help but feel uplifted walking through the arcade. Its detailed mosaic floor extraordinarily high roof, exquisite timber work and high quality boutique stores make you respect the design and workmanship gone into its creation and the exhibited respect given by shop owners. My morning coffee here on the way to work is the best way to start my... More 

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