Block Arcade, Melbourne

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Walk through Block Arcade to see one of Australia's best examples of Victorian Mannerist architecture. The city built the arcade between 1891 and 1893 to connect Collins and Elizabeth Streets. Architect David Askew based the design on Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and you'll walk across a floor of mosaic tiles beneath a glass canopy with carved-stone detailing along the walls. You'll also find excellent shopping as you navigate the bright and colorful halls. Due to its beauty and architectural significance, the arcade is part of Melbourne's "Golden Mile" heritage walk. Plan trip to Melbourne with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • The Block Arcade is a beautifully maintained arcade. The tiled floor is gorgeous and the shops are contemporary but in a heritage setting. As a photographer, I was thrilled to take photos of the diffe...  more »
  • This historical arcade is a wonderful experience. Boutique shops ranging from hand made confectionery to jewellery. Gog and Magog bring in the hour in style and are iconic Melbourne symbols. You can h...  more »
  • The Block Arcade is a stunning piece of architecture, with artistically tiled floor and beautiful decor throughout. There are several shops here worth a visit (and a purchase), my favourite being Haig...  more »
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  • This was established in 1872 and was preserved until today. This is a historical shopping arcade where you can enjoy and relax with a cup of tea or enjoy chocolates. The architecture is amazing
  • Grand Victorian architecture. Very beautiful with well preserved boutique shops. Great place for wedding photos.
  • Beautiful arcade with a magnificent mosaic floor. Worth wandering through though it can get busy with tourists. Shops are high end but varied.
  • Oh it's just lovely innit. Built 1893 by David C. Askew, inspired by the renowned Galleria Vittoria Emanuele in Milan. 17 years based in Melbourne and never have I had an unpleasant walk through here
  • This is a place to know what Melbourne had to offer. Simply beautiful. The architecture is amazing, the stores are awesome and you can find lots of nice stores.

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