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Block Arcade, Melbourne

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#3 of 60 in Sightseeing in Melbourne
Landmark Tourist Spot
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. Our Melbourne itinerary maker makes visiting Block Arcade and other Melbourne attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We enjoyed walking through here and looking at the architecture. There are many places to eat and shop, and we stopped for lunch and bought chocolates.  more »
  • I remember this as a youngster and visited recently and the beauty and ambiance still remains with quality shops and retailers.  more »
  • We went to the Block Arcade as part of a free walking tour of Melbourne. Richly decorated interior spaces, tons of mosaic tiled flooring, glass canopy, wrought iron and carved stone decoration; worth ...  more »
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  • 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
  • Wow. A stunning arcade. The architecture and tiling are beautiful. A wide variety of stores and cafes. Really enjoyed mooching around these stores and the delights of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Melbourne excels in lovely shopping arcades.
  • An old, old inside mall. Beautiful, high ornate ceilings, tiled floors in various patterns and colours, clean and a variety of shops. A very busy tourist attraction. Loved it and would have liked to spend more time.
  • Lots of interesting little shops, most of them high-end with astronomical prices to match. Beautiful tea spot, chocolate store and underground record store. Gorgeous architecture. Worth a visit.
  • Love this historic Old arcade. Always some interesting shops too

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The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
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