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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. 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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  • A classy good feel stroll thru delightful shops and cafes. A simple but cool place to spend an hour.  more »
  • Beautiful old buildings with ornate decorations make this an interesting place to wander around. It is easily accessible by the CBD free trams.  more »
  • lovely independent shops and cafesFascinating arcade, lovely independent shops and cafes. Beautiful architecture  more »
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  • Beautiful arcade which has delightful shop's, pricey but worth the visit. The mosaic floor is absolutely gorgeous,so much work has gone into this historical Melbourne landmark. Don't miss it,when you are in town.
  • Gorgeous and significantly historical past of Melbourne. Home of the Hopetoun Tea Room and many other more affordable and just as delicious restaurants and cafes. Worth a visit if you are staying in Melbourne's CBD.
  • A beautiful arcade with gorgeous old fashioned detailing. You will find a variety of fun boutique shops and restaurants. A great place to wonder, browse and grab a great coffee. Tip: You can walk through the Block Arcade through to the Royal Arcade easily - worth doing!
  • The Block Arcade is a real Melbourne icon not to be missed. Over the years, the shops have changed, but it's still an eclectic mix with something for everyone. My favourite decoration in this arcade has always been the effigies of Gog and Magog either side of the clock at one end.
  • My favourite arcade & one to visit while in Melbourne Stunning photos for tourists and nice places to eat - try the hopetoun tea rooms