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Block Arcade

282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 5244
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9654 5244
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Block Arcade has fussed a bye gone era with some modern shops. The floor is made of beautiful mosaic tiles and the walls and roof space reflect crafts from the past. The shops are an interesting collection of food, clothing and artwares. Fabulous to...More

Thank 227suzie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This area is a must visit when in the city of Melbourne there is a lot to spend time window glazing and a myriad of cafes to have a snack and watch the passing hordes of people.

Thank Carole_reviewing
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is truly an architectural highlight in CBD with tiny shops offering strange stuff, nice small coffee bars and fantastic mosaic floors.

Thank Jorhada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small arcade in Collins street Melbourne that is well worth a visit. Built in the 1890s it is architecturally interesting. It houses some interesting medium to high end shops that are worth a browse and some good tea rooms. It is part...More

Thank DownunderDan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i did a Heritage tour a while back and it was very informative. i highly recommend it. oh and a visit to the hopeton tea rooms is always a must!

Thank Mooturtil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's always an experience to visit and shop in this historic arcade. It is timeless and so typically Melbourne However sitting upstairs having a drink and looking out and down the Arcade, it is clear that it badly needs a wash, clean and repaint. Please...More

Thank ianrogers53
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is fantastic and contains many small shops from spice shops to coffeehouses, chocolate stores and art store. Thoroughly enjoyed wandering through it was spent a lot of time here. It contains the Hopetoun tea rooms and the cheques outside are ever present.

Thank Sandy R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While it is always busy, go early and just look. The floor tiles to the ceiling features have you stepping back in time. So very beautiful and inviting.

Thank Jacinta2909
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A Melbourne lane full of outdoor eating leads to the ever popular over the top Hopetoun cafe. If cake is your thing this is the place to be. There is often a queue but it is friendly and moves quickly . Haighs chocolates are not...More

Thank carolynneary6
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When in Melbourne nagivate your way using the laneways and arcades instead of the pretty grimy main streets. Instead of using Swanston or Elizabeth wend your way using the lanes and arcades like the Block. This historic arcade still has a lovely tesselated tile feature...More

Thank MargaretPowell
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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30 August 2015|
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Response from Tirebiter8 | Reviewed this property |
In the big picture, I suggest starting at the downtown Southern Cross Station, where there is an office where a nice person will answer all of your questions, give you maps, and sell you a Myki card, if you want. If you are... More
15 July 2015|
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Response from Oldjack | Reviewed this property |
Yes kit is a two block walk down the hill to Elizabeth Street and Collins Street and the Arcade is a few meters east of Elizabeth off Collins Street.