No trip to the city of Melbourne is complete until you have see the stunning Block Arcade. The arcade was built between 1891 and 1893 and is truly a living monument to the Victorian era with its mosaic tiled flooring, glass canopy, wrought iron and carved stone finishings.
If you book one of the chocolate tours mentioned in a previous post you will most likely visit the Haighs Chocolate store situated down the end of the arcade. Pictured above is the very popular Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Yes, you will have to queue up but judging by the cakes, tarts and sweets in the window the wait will be more than worth it. I opted for coffee and lemon tart at Caffee D’Uomo as the coffee looked great as I wandered past and there was no queue. The service was top notch and I was able to snag a table outside the shop which enabled me to gaze upon the passing foot traffic.
The arcade is home to 28 shops, one of which is a rather interesting spice shop for those who love to experiment with their cooking. Put this one on your list if you're visiting Melbourne and if you're a home grown Aussie and haven't been here before...what are you waiting for?
How to get there
Shop 23/282 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
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Image: © Suzanne Trew