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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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335 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
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+61 425 738 042
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"interesting shops"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Royal Arcade was the first arcade in Melbourne built in 1870. It’s also the oldest surviving arcade in Australia. A lot of (exclusive) shops can be found here. Nice architecture A well preserved historic gallery

Thank Erwin H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful architecture, royal interiors. Can easily be missed though as the street it's located at has huge shopping buildings and Royal Arcade is not as big. They have several shops inside - chocolate and pastries that I intend to check out skme other time. I...More

Thank Marielle G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beautiful Arcade, which opened in 1870, is the longest still surviving Arcade in Australia. It runs between Bourke Street and Little Collins Street with a small extension to Elizabeth Street. The roof of the Arcade is made of glass, which makes the interior very...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely arcade right in the middle of the city. It's bright and airy with a good mix of shops with their original facades. The most striking feature of the arcade is the magnificent Gaunt's Clock which is flanked either side by two giant statues...More

Thank Alan R
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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Really nice arcade, but looks rather boutique so I think you'll need deep pockets to shop here. I was only there briefly, but it looked really nice and again, your out of the direct sun and heat.

Thank James A
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Charming shops with interesting goods. Antiques, old stuff and various unique toys and items. Come with an open mind and you may find something for everyone. Have your future read by tarot cards? Buy a book of spells? Toys and dolls for kids. Enjoyable walk...More

Thank Datokadir
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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

The Royal Arcade is only small, but lovely. There are some really nice shops in there, as well as a Book Grocer. Definitely worth visiting!

Thank ladybugsSydney
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

A beautiful well maintained arcade showing us what the world was like at the turn of the century. Each store is a joy to see. And Gog and Magog, the guardians of the arcade, are imposing.

Thank Liam C
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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Small historic arcade for Australian standards. There's a few interesting shops. Shops in this city close very early. Except for Thursday's and Fridays I've been told.

Thank dicod712
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Lovely example of old world charm. Beautiful building which can easily be found when you follow the laneways suggested itinerary provided by the information centre. Lots of little unique shops (can be a bit pricey) but nice to wander through and enjoy something completely different....More

Thank R G
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