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“Top Arcade of Melbourne” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Royal Arcade

Royal Arcade
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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Ranked #65 of 377 things to do in Melbourne
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Top Arcade of Melbourne”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

Royal Arcade in 325 Bourke Street Melbourne-just opposite Myer Melbourne classified by the National Trust and heritage listed. It has the famous statues of Gog and Magog mythical figures and together with Block Arcade in Collins Street is the top arcade in Melbourne.

Visited March 2014
Thank Peter M
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Dimboola, Australia
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“Great piece of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Took a bit to find this arcade, but was well worth persisting, great piece of history, restored beautifully, the architecture of the arcade is magnificent, the figures of Gog and Magog that stand by the giant clock and strike it on the hour, the history of the arcade makes it well worth visiting.

Visited April 2014
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Busselton, Australia
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“Another wonderful Arcade”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

I love this arcade
Filled with many interesting shops
Koko black chocolate
Hand made candy
Games and interesting toy shop/small
Nails, vintage second hand clothes
And the best macaroons in melbourne
And the best coffee I've found in the
Cafe at the entrance
Beautiful surrounds
The arcade is a walk through to a cafe strip on the other side to a small road to the right which connects to the block arcade perfect. Was here from 730 cafe time till 3 .. Most shops open at 10 am but cafe opens at 730

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“Really interesting shops”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

Well worth a visit while in Melbourne. Quaint little shops. Fabulous coffee shop and great hot chocolate.

Visited December 2013
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Vernon, Connecticut
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“A living time machine.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

Want a trip in time? Then make a stop here. Beautiful classic building with an experience of when shopping was an event to be savored rather than something to be endured. Easy to spend time going through the classic shops with a bite to eat, and being able to people watch. The building architecture is just beautiful and by itself is worth a visit. See Melbourne at its best.

Visited September 2013
Thank Eugene F
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