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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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"collins street"
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"interesting shops"
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"macaroons"
in 8 reviews
"specialty shops"
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"glass roof"
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"victorian era"
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"beautiful heritage"
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"koko black"
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"checkered floor"
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"standing guard"
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"great piece of history"
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"clock chimes"
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"high glass"
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"mosaic flooring"
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"toy shop"
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"bourke st"
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"old world charm"
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Visited on Sunday 4th March. They don't make them like this anymore. Full of interesting shops, recommend you have a look next time your in the CBD.

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

One of many interesting arcades within the Melbourne CBD. Historic and attractive with many cafes and boutique style shops. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Together with my wife I came to this historical shopping arcade in the center of Melbourne. The Royal Arcade was the first shopping arcade in Melbourne and it’s a very friendly and clear place with a lot of small individual boutiques and cafés where you...More

Thank Matthias S
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

One of Melbourne's finest arcades. You'll find La Belle Miette (macaroons) and Chocamama as well as a full range of delightful shops. The macaroons are simply among the finest you'll ever have the opportunity to experience, and I dare you to go into Chocamama and...More

Thank Glenn M
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

Beautiful old arcade with the added attraction of Gog and Magog standing guard alongside the clock. The chiming takes place every 15 minutes.

Thank Llewellyn53
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

The royal arcade has been a longtime favourite of mine. The shops are very kitschy and the design and decor is amazing. It’s heritage is well kept. Inside you can get a macaron from the cart, some chocolate from Koko Black or take your pick...More

1  Thank Michelle N
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corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
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