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Royal Arcade

335 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 425 738 042
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
335 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 425 738 042
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A shopping arcade that links Bourke Street, Elizabeth Street and little Collins street, has been operating since 1869. It's beautiful in architecture. The two giant statues of Gog and Magog have struck the Gaunt's clock for over a decade. The arcade has shops displaying garments,...More

2  Thank apintolobo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

and explore the smaller lanes, arcades and alleyways. Built in the 1800's, The Royal Arcade is architecturally stunning. The shops are quaint and mostly specialized. One arcade can lead to another and another. Eateries abound in the smallest alleyways. TIP: You can't find them on...More

Thank TravelAgentDave
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Another not to be missed old arcade with a great range of shopping and incredible architecture. Gog and Magog are something to behold.

Thank EssenJohn
Reviewed 13 October 2017

This second cousin of the Block Arcade has trendy stores and cafes. The shopping is not my thing but the architecture fascinates me. A lovely well maintained 19th century building, a classic and true gem.

Thank Ace_Traveller_NZ
Reviewed 13 October 2017

For an out of the ordinary experience the Royal Arcade is a wonderful place to shop plus enjoy a meal simply watching the world go by. A great place to visit and certainly worth the effort.

Thank Dianne B
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Found this little gem while wondering around Melbourne's CBD. Decided to have a coffee, tea and some chocolates with my boyfriend. The atmosphere is just lovely and it's indoors so weather proof and safe which is very important in Melbourne as it tends to rain...More

Thank Lilly R
Reviewed 25 September 2017

The historic Royal Arcade runs off the Bourke St Mall. It's full of upper crust retailers selling jewellery, perfume and other non-essential luxuries. The best feature of the Arcade is the two 7 foot (215 cm) statues of the giants Gog and Magog, reproductions of...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 17 September 2017

The Royal Arcade Melbourne which joins the Bourke Street Mall to Little Collins Street is the oldest arcade in Australia. Built in 1870 with its stunning architecture and beautifully restored period specialty shops a visit will transport you back in time to the Marvellous Melbourne...More

Thank MickyC-AUS
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

A lovely arcade with little shops. Beautiful architecture and history. You can transport yourself back in history in this little arcade !

Thank Simone P
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Royal Arcade is not quite upo to Blcok Arcade in its beauty but it still is a great piece of history and has the mythical figures of Gog and Magog flanking Gaunt's clock which alone is worth the visit.

Thank Oldjack
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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