Royal Arcade
Royal Arcade
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
About
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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Neighbourhood: 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 of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,057 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Royal Arcade, Ausrralia's oldest shopping address, dates to 1870, the high point of Queen Victoria's reign. Gaunt's Clock is guarded by two ancient warriors, Gog and Magog. For exotic gifts, try sweet treats at Koko Black and boutique gifts at Spellbox. Royal Arcade is a quick trip across the Bourke St Mall from Myer.
Written 22 November 2023
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,274 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Such an evocative and historic arcade, love Gog and Magog overseeing it all, and the shops within are very stylish, including the bakery which we visited as part of our foodie walking tour
Written 8 November 2023
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Mallo_Pahanen
Helsinki, Finland616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A nice shopping center where it's worth stopping by. Reasonable number of shops, supe, super beautiful and good cafe. Check out koko black and chili cocoa. Magnificent.
Written 29 October 2023
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C M
Auckland Central, New Zealand780 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is such a pretty historic arcade, small but with a few quirky shops. It is right off Bourke Street Mall and won't take you too long to explore, but definitely worth it. Koko Black in the arcade is also a good place to linger a bit longer and have a great hot chocolate.
Written 26 October 2023
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Johnstanno
Singapore, Singapore375 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Small arcade. Average experience and perhaps nothing really interested us, we covered the whole arcade in 15mins. Not a must to visit in my opinion.
Written 26 August 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,057 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Historic Royal Arcade runs off the Bourke St Mall, in central Melbourne. The retail outlets are interesting and have undergone a revival since the abatement of the Covid epidemic. The main feature is the Gog and Magog statues, which are replicas of those found in London. The pair are said to be giants, from ancient Britain. Royal Arcade is worth a short detour if you are in Bourke St, Melbourne's pre-eminent retail strip.
Written 4 August 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
We are lovers of all things covered passage ways, this one is lovely, be sure to look up and see the clock with the quirky guards.
Written 15 July 2023
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CoolGuy
Singapore, Singapore711 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We have walked pass many times the entrance of this arcade in this trip but never walked in.

We decided to walk the arcades on our last day in Melbourne.

Nice arcade. N so near the tram station stop.

Worth a visit.
Written 19 February 2023
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David R
Perth, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Everytime we visit Melbourne, we always visit the "Royal Arcade". So beautiful and a excellent array of shops. Make sure that you visit this great attaction !
Written 27 January 2023
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C...
Victoria, Australia64,958 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This arcade is the first arcade in Melbourne and is the longest-standing arcade in Australia. Its historical significance is profound and underpinned by the fact that, as a significant Victorian era building, it is part of the Victorian Heritage Register.

Designed by Charles Webb, who won a competition in 1868, the arcade features a high glass roof and rows of arched windows to the storerooms above each shop. It was formally opened by the City Lord Mayor on 2 May, 1870.

At the south end is the arcade's most famous feature, the carved mythical figures of Gog and Magog, flanking 'Gaunt's clock', which triggers the arms of the figures to strike bells each hour,while the north end features a figure of Father Time, all added in 1893. Gaunt was Melbourne's best known clock-maker at the time.

Enough about the history... it's also my favourite arcade in Melbourne... there is something special about visiting... my childhood was always filled with visits to see Gog and Magog who scared me. Two giants with mean faces.
Written 23 January 2023
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