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Block Arcade, Melbourne

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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  • Block Arcade takes you back in time, it is a small Victorian style arcade with lots of small shops and a nice tea room. When roaming around downtown Melbourne it is very easy and convenient to take a ...  more »
  • Vintage location and in immaculate condition. Amazing specialty stores not found elsewhere. "Bring Your Camera"....  more »
  • The Block Arcade has many varied and intetresting retail outlets. We bought spices at Gewurzhaus which were different to those available back home. Also planned a visit to the Charles Dickens Bar but ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful old arcade. She's in wonderful condition and maintained to perfection. Don't rush through some of the shop's in this arcade are fantastic. Great gift ideas and some different things to buy. The herbs shop is a wonder, plus make sure you make time for tea.
  • I come in here quite often just to have a little potter around and have a look at what the shops have to offer. There are some beautiful little boutique stores some of which also offer hand made goods which is always nice compared to all the high street stores. The cafes are lovely and the chocolate store in there is to die for. I would highly recommend popping in for a visit and spending some money in the locally owned stores.
  • Great for site seeing. The architecture is beautiful and lots of shopping options there and nearby. Great area to grab gifts or just marvel at the specialised items in each shop. Can get quite busy and cramped during peak shopping times. Avoid on Saturdays from lunch time onwards if you can.
  • Used to be one of my favourite arcades in Australia with its beautiful and historical charm and lovely studio shops, until the closure of the Bromley & Co. gallery shopfront. Still has a very nice Dr. Seuss outlet and some other great shops including one of the best cake shops/cafes in Melbourne.
  • Love this arcade. A must for visitors and locals alike. Great tea room, restaurants, Dr Seuss art gallery, wonderful Haighs chocolate and more.

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Where to stay in Melbourne

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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