Block Arcade, Melbourne

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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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  • I really beautiful part of Melbourne to walk through. Some absolutely gorgeous little shops to either look through the windows of all go in and have a look around. Really beautiful Arcade too.  more »
  • I walked into what I believed to be the original "The Hopetoun Tea Rooms" as the signage on the bottom of the window clearly states but the experience left me floored. (Firstly I was surprised that.....  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!
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