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Royal Arcade

335 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 425 738 042
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The Royal Arcade is a charming heritage shopping arcade in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. The Royal Arcade was proudly the first arcade in Melbourne and is the longest-standing arcade in Australia. Originally designed by Charles Webb and constructed in 1869, the arcade has high glass roof and windowed stores. At the south end, the arcade features effigies of mythical figures Gog and Magog and a clock that chimes each hour. The arcade connects Little Collins Street to the Bourke Street Mall, with a perpendicular passage running to Elizabeth Street in the west. The Royal Arcade is much loved by locals and tourists and is an icon of the city. It is recognised on the Victorian Heritage Register and Melbourne's Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade. The Royal Arcade is famous for its boutique fashion stores as well as specialty stores such as Spellbox where you can have your fortune read, Little royal Macarons and Babushka Russian dolls. The Royal Arcade houses an eclectic mix of unique stores with something to suite all tastes.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 06:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
335 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 425 738 042
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is the oldest arcade in Australia originally built in 1870. It was a lovely place to visit. With its vintage decor, it's like stepping back in time. I recommend a stop at the chocolate shop.

Thank Jessica_nz2
Reviewed 15 June 2017

A great place to get a feel for old Melbourne and soak up some Victorian-era vibes. The black and white checkered floor tiles and the statues of Gog and Magog add to the classic charm of this arcade. It can be a bit easy to...More

Thank Grace B
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

My kids always request to visit the royal arcade whenever we visit the city of Melbourne. Koko black is a must stop for a quick chocolate fix. The decor in the arcade is absolutely spectacular! Lots to look at.

Thank Jellyroll1
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Certainly a beautiful arcade with some lovely things to see Perhaps the shops cater more for tourists due to the iconic reputation of the arcade We did see a walking tour group while there and the guide sounded engaging and informative We visited the Babushka...More

Thank JKJackinthebox
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Different people like different arcades (in Melbourne) for all manner of reasons, for me Royal Arcade is ALWAYS a must visit. Sit and enjoy breakfast, lunch or just a coffee in my favourite Italian styled cafe (at one end) or indulge in the decadence of...More

Thank chocbudda
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This arcade isn't too bad for jewellery, games/hobbies and sweets. Located between Bourke St and Little Bourke. Beautiful architecture. Really good board game shop in this arcade too!

Thank LauraEKing85
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The variety of shops is amazing. Some cater for quite esoteric tastes, but must be all the more valuable for that to their followers. I love the architecture, but on today's visit I could not stop to see Gog and Magog perform.

Thank platypus150
Reviewed 20 May 2017

I visited this as part of Gray Line Australia's morning Melbourne City Tour, and this was the first arcade we visited. As promised it was like stepping back in time to Melbourne's heyday, and it was a nod to the city's heritage preservation laws that...More

Thank Ermaximum
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Just felt like I stepped back in time. the Architecture is magnificent. A constant stream of people step in to the arcade to photograph the amazing domed ceiling and other quaint features of this beautiful arcade. An amazing array of unique jewellery shops abound. One...More

Thank Travelbug291
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Love the historical architectural and ambience of the arcade. Nice place to shop and chill out. We went to the cafe and bought lots of chocolates and macarons. Will visit again.

Thank ilovemiki1704
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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