For an elegant shopping experience, try some of the many beautiful shopping arcades from an a bygone era. One of the most famous is the heritage Block Arcade, built between 1891 and 1893, found in the city center of the city of Melbourne Australia. Here you will find a great selection of speciality shops and designer boutiques for fashion.
Located at 282 Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, it extends through to Elizabeth St. and Little Collins St.
An inlaid decorative mosaic floor flows past traditional tearooms, antique jewellery and designer fashion stores.
Arcades became popular in the 19th Century as a way to allow for more shops in a given area while giving protection from the elements and the busy muddy streets for shoppers. The Block Arcade itself is classified by the National Trust.
The building itself, completed in 1893 after a fire destroyed the Grain Store that existed here is protected by both the National Trust and the Victorian Heritage Register. It was restored in 1988, complete with the Hopetoun Tearooms that were there from the beginning.
The beautiful glass roof canopy and Victorian wrought iron, mixed with the elegant carved stone finishings and mosaic tiled flooring makes it one of Australia’s most beautiful arcades in existence today.
It was very much of the Melbourne scene to be seen here on weekends in the 19th Century and the earlier parts of the 20th, people would comment they were going to do “the Block.”
Map showing the Shopping areas of the Melbourne CBD - Map of Melbourne.
The streets of the city centre of Melbourne Austraila are alive with thousands of residents bustling in and out of buildings that are a blend of grand Victorian and modern architecture. They house everything from outstanding galleries to opulent theatres.
Hundreds of designer fashion boutiques, many shops and countless rows of sophisticated little cafés line the main thoroughfares. Over 3000 restaurants present fine cuisine accompanied by superb local wines.
Melbourne Dining - this friendly multi-cultural city is home to people from over 180 nations, a fact that is reflected in the excellence and diversity of the food choices that are available.
You can find places to stay in throughout Melbourne Australia: luxury resorts and hotels to scenic campsites in Caravan Parks. Accommodation available includes a wide range of styles to suit almost any budget.
There are even Melbourne seaside resorts as well as conveniently located hotels, bed & breakfasts near the beach or in the city center or suburbs, caravan parks, serviced apartments and holiday homes.
Main Photo: The Block Shopping Arcade Melbourne Australia.
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