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Key Info

282 Collins St.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Cafes, Shopping, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Whether you're an architecture enthusiast, an art lover, a fashionista or a foodie, you'll find something to enjoy at The Block Arcade. More than 25 boutiques, galleries and specialty food stores are housed within this stunning structure, which features skylights, cast-iron details, mosaic floors and stained glass windows. Noteworthy shops include Haigh's Chocolates, Hopetoun Tearooms and a Dr. Seuss-themed art gallery.

Past visitors appreciated The Block Arcade's relaxed yet grand atmosphere and delectable food offerings. If you're a photography buff, you'll want to bring your camera. And if you visit during the holidays, you'll see beautiful Christmas decorations.

The Block Arcade is located in the CBD within a few blocks of the State Library Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Centre. Parking can be expensive and difficult to find in the downtown area, so plan on walking or taking public transportation. The City Circle Tram and several bus routes have stops nearby. The attraction is free to visit, but bring cash if you want to purchase items at The Block Arcade's shops and cafes. Hours vary depending on the store and the day of the week. Additional information about the property's architecture, boutiques and eateries can be found on The Block Arcade website.

 

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To commemorate the 19,000 Victorians killed during World War I, the city of Melbourne built the Shrine of Remembrance in 1924. The monument, which was inspired by famous Greek sights like the Parthenon and the Acropolis, features several memorials, including the bronze Gallipoli Memorial, The Forecourt (a World War II memorial that houses the Eternal Flame) and the Remembrance Garden (where fallen soldiers from post-World War II conflicts are honored). Several military-themed exhibits are also available inside the shrine.

According to many recent travelers, the Shrine of Remembrance is one of Melbourne's best attractions. Though a sobering experience, you'll walk away with a greater understanding and appreciation of Australia's participation in major conflicts. Past visitors recommended joining one of the free property tours, which are offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and last about an hour. And for incredible views of the grounds and the Melbourne skyline, check out the second-floor balcony.

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