Block Arcade

Block Arcade, Melbourne: Hours, Address, Block Arcade Reviews: 4.5/5

Block Arcade
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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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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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia24,261 contributions
Beautiful Historical Arcade
Jul. 2021
Constructed between 1891 and 1893 this is one of Melbourne's best and prettiest but sadly there are some vacant shops and many are not that interesting. Go for the beautiful architecture.
Written 11 July 2021
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Joffa S
Melbourne, Australia303 contributions
Great to be back to wander through
Jun. 2021
Most shops back open and was very nice to be back dropping in on them and spending some money in there. Covid precautions established everywhere which was great.
Written 27 June 2021
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Jay
Sydney, Australia20 contributions
Great place to visit and shop!
May 2021
Stunning! We were in Melbourne for a quick holiday and was walking around the cbd and saw the place by accident. And spent like more than an hour taking pictures and shopping.
Would visit again next time we're back in Melbourne
Written 11 June 2021
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sydneysider48
Sydney, Australia859 contributions
A splendid remnant of Victorian Melbourne
May 2021
A splendid remnant of Victorian Melbourne, the Block Arcade is quite beautiful, with classic architecture, magnificent floors and shopfronts and an interesting array of shops.
Written 6 June 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,455 contributions
When Melbourne was truly marvelous
May 2021
The Block Arcade remains from the time when Melbourne was truly marvelous. In the 1890s, Melbourne was one of the most prosperous cities on Earth. The Block Arcade is at the corner of Elizabeth and Collins Streets, a prime city site. The mosaics and decoration are prime examples of an age when costs was no hindrance.
Written 29 May 2021
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Jane Thompson
Morayfield, Australia86 contributions
Love this little historic oasis!!
May 2021
No trip to Melbourne should be without a visit here. Gorgeous shops and beautiful aesthetic. It provides a calm oasis in the middle of a busy shopping day in Melbourne!
Written 28 May 2021
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Vickie S
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia9 contributions
Stunning!
May 2021
Not to be missed, Block Arcade is an icon of Melbourne CBD, it has the oldest moziac tiled floors, whilst your there you must try Houpton Tea Rooms, its quite an experience.
Written 25 May 2021
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Michelle G
Hamlyn Terrace, Australia108 contributions
Look up - you never know what you will see
May 2021
Huge range of shops from spices to possum/merino beanies. Eateries are also great. Hopetoun tea rooms are also found here. Salivate over the treats in their window. Fantastic cheese at Coal river. Will visit again next time in Melbourne.
Written 9 May 2021
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trustascot
Perth, Australia636 contributions
Great Great place to visit
May 2021 • Friends
Take a stroll through this Victorian arcade with many interesting shops and places to eat. Do not miss the spice shop or the cake shop. The cake shop has a vast variety of cakes and services a fantastic breakfast
Try the smoked Salmon you will not be disappointed.
Written 7 May 2021
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Lynne M
Castlemaine, Australia198 contributions
Stunning architecture and great atmosphere
May 2021
We wandered through the Block Arcade to the sound of a group of violinists playing soothing music under the dome and aromatic scents coming from one of the quaint shops. Loved the historic architecture, especially the mosaic floors. A truly beautiful place to visit.
Written 7 May 2021
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Block Arcade is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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