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Block Arcade, Melbourne

4.5
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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  • You have to visit and appreciate the beauty of the architecture and interiors of this arcade. Browse and window shop the lovely shops. And if you have time, book yourself a table for morning or aftern...  more »
  • Has Christmas decorations out at the moment. A very pretty display in a historic building with little shops. Not really a destination but a nice place to wander through.  more »
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  • It's a good historical area. Lots of specialty shops, including the famous Hoptoun Tea Rooms where you can queue up to get in. Lots of other eating places, too. Worth a visit.
  • Such a beautiful arcade. From the mosaic floors to the domed ceiling and the wonderful shops selling everything from chocolates to beautiful art glass this arcade is a must see. Unfortunately the wonderful toy shop that was there for so many years has closed.

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