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“Stunning architecture, quality shopping.”
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Block Arcade
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Melbourne City Full-Day Tour Including Lanes and Arcades Walk
Ranked #11 of 424 things to do in Melbourne
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Stunning architecture, quality shopping.”
Reviewed 19 March 2017

While exploring the CBD with my friend on a recent visit to Melbourne, we wandered into the Block Arcade and felt like we had stepped back in time.

What a beautiful arcade. I can't think of a better way to spend time than walking through this arcade, absorbing the atmosphere that the stunning architecture provides then popping into the exquisite speciality stores and buying that special item to take home with you.

Visited March 2017
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“Draws the eyes upward”
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

A lovely old shopping arcade that draws your eyes upwards to the beautiful ceiling.

There is also a row of cafes in an alleyway connected to it to rest your legs for a little while.

Visited March 2017
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“Live it”
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Great shopping experience, so many delights to see and then you go on for high tea or just afternoon tea. Beautiful old building.

Visited March 2017
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“A great arcade”
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit,great shops and plenty of places to get a good coffee. Haigh chocolate shop and Dr Seuss art gallery a great visit. Old tea house cake shop a must but be prepared to line up for seat.

Visited March 2017
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“Simply gorgeous!”
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Wandering back to our hotel, we stopped for coffee and ended up having a delicious antipasto platter and glass of red at one of the gorgeous eateries in the block arcade, our kids dragged us back the next day to buy some sweet little porcelain animals from the doll and bear hospital and we couldn't resist having another coffee, just to sit and get amongst the atmosphere of the block!!

Visited March 2017
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