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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9654 5244
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Reviewed yesterday

We stumbled on this the first time we visited Melbourne and have been back every time. It isn't huge but has some serious old world charm. The stores are great, one-off boutiques and galleries. Love the spice shop. Must do when in Melb

Thank BenGrand
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Block Arcade is a wonderful arcade, it takes you back in time. The shops are great to get a special gift or just spoil yourself.

1  Thank Carol M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Love the block arcade... a real Melbourne icon. From the bustle of the cafes to the quaint Dafel teddy bear shop and Haighs chocolates. Always a treat and never boring!!

Thank penpower331
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

No visit to Melbourne is complete without a visit to The Block arcade and the Hopetoun Tearooms. It’s got history, style and excellent food.

Thank Shelley J
Reviewed 5 days ago

Love walking through this Arcade and seeing the architecture and the upmarket shops inside. The Hopetoun Tearooms are exceptional, Beechworth Honey and the LOVELY chocolate shop, as well as other retailers. Just a lovely, quiet Arcade to wander and browse.

Thank Jan B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Like most people we seemed to come across the arcade by accident. It takes you back to colonial Melbourne. The shops are all individual rather than part of a chain with the chocolate shop and Hopetoun Tearoom being the most popular - the latter for...More

Thank Alan R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled on this arcade while walking the Golden Mile. Beautiful architecture, and the Houptoun Tea Shop is sooo tempting with it's beautiful patisseries.

Thank BobAnneholiday
Reviewed 1 week ago

We only found out about this place through Tripadvisor so caught the free tram to explore a bit further. It certainly is a step back in time, make sure you look up and down and all across to appreciate the beautiful old building. The arcade...More

Thank mooseandbok2006
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating Arcade, well worth taking time to explore. It has a grandeur of times gone by, some beautiful shops and cafes, and connects right through to Bourke St.

Thank Bernie W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The arcade itself is worthy of a wander as it has lots of character and some hidden treasures that most don’t notice. See photo of Gog & Magog statues

Thank DJ 2
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
14 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.