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Block Arcade, 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. 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 one of our favourite spots when visiting Melbourne. We had breakfast at one of the cafes there, coffee at some others, and did some window shopping as well! The architecture is...  more »
  • Visited here on a walking tour . Beautiful mosaic tiles on floor . Haig chocolate shop here a bonus .  more »
  • When the Victorian's of the bygone Gold Rush days established Melbourne, a series of covered arcades and laneways were built to allow ladies in their finery to promenade on a Sunday afternoon...  more »
  • A very super cool arcade with cool, interesting shops and so many cafes you risk choice-paralysis. The building looks really cool and is big and cool to explore. I'm not articulating this well because how can I? It's so cool.
  • There's a new shop in the block arcade, Coal River Farm, that sells a fantastic range of Tasmanian chocolates. I think it is now a major attraction there. And, of course, all the existing cafes acme restaurants buzzing with people, offering lots of different food. I love going there!
  • The Block Arcade is a wonderful place to explore, has lots of little specialty shops. You can stop off at the Hopetoun tea room for a cup of tea and try some of their....yummy cake/slices/biscuits! You may find it hard to leave.
  • Interesting place in the city has lots of little shops inside with nice things to choose from. We were rushing through on the day we went but seemed to have a chocolate shop with premium chocolates, book shops and lots of other interesting little shops.
  • One of the oldest arcades in Melbourne. Upmarket shopping. And the famous Hopetoun Tea Rooms. I'm told there are no queues for breakfast. But it's busy the rest of the day.

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