Royal Arcade

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Royal Arcade showing shopping and interior views

Envision 19th-century Melbourne at this magnificently restored shopping arcade in the heart of the CBD. Visit boutiques, confectioners and chocolatiers.

Take a trip through time when you walk through Royal Arcade, a beautifully preserved Victorian shopping arcade in Melbourne’s CBD. Dating back to 1869, this architecturally stunning shopping precinct is not only a Melbourne icon, but also contains an intriguing collection of boutique fashion stores, jewellery designers and gourmet confectioners.

The heritage-listed Royal Arcade connects Bourke Street Mall to Little Collins Street, one block to the south. Make sure you check out the façade of the arcade on the Bourke Street side. Featuring gorgeous arched windows and a gold-highlighted United Kingdom coat of arms, the façade is a beautiful example of the Renaissance Revival style that continues throughout the interior.

Enter the arcade and admire the beautiful checkerboard tiling underfoot. Take in the ornate Renaissance Revival embellishments, including high arches and gold trimming. The high glass roof allows daylight to come streaming into the original Victorian-era glass shopfronts. Marvel at the arcade’s authentic refurbishment and imagine what each store would have held in the 19th century.

Today, you can find a range of eclectic fashion designers selling clothing and accessories, as well as boutique jewellers and craftspeople. A selection of confectionary and chocolate shops offer mouth-watering treats and seated dining areas.

To the south of the arcade, you’ll see the iconic effigies of Gog and Magog, two mythical characters who chime Gaunt’s clock. These characters have struck the clock every hour, on the hour, since 1892. Wait for the hour to tick over and see the giant characters chiming the clock’s bells.

Stroll all the way through to the Royal Arcade’s other opening on Little Bourke Street or take the western passage that leads to Elizabeth Street. The arcade is open daily, although some shops may have differing opening times. This destination is wheelchair accessible. Include your visit to the Royal Arcade in your journey on the Melbourne Heritage Walk, a 2-kilometre (1.2-mile) trail that heads north from Flinders Street through historic laneways and arcades to the bluestone buildings of McKillop Street.

3129 Cheap Hotels Near Royal Arcade

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$116 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from Melbourne Town Hall, Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Federation Square and Melbourne ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,765 reviews)
"The room is nice and tidy, great location and price but the facilities abit run down. Eg, air conditioning is super loud, has to turn it off to sleep, the handle for turning the shower on fell down but can put back on to work. The soup holder in the shower is annoying as all the shampoo products ..."

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2021

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$119 per night from 22 Dec. to 22 Dec.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Central. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6,048 reviews)
"Excellent location excellent service"

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Pan Pacific Melbourne
Pan Pacific Melbourne
5 out of 5
2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, VIC
The price is AU$247 per night from 22 Dec. to 22 Dec.
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located on the riverwalk, just steps away from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and DFO South Wharf. Crown ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (963 reviews)
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Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2021

Pan Pacific Melbourne
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Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$98 per night from 23 Dec. to 23 Dec.
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$119 per night from 22 Dec. to 22 Dec.
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Pan Pacific Melbourne
Pan Pacific Melbourne
5 out of 5
2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, VIC
The price is AU$247 per night from 22 Dec. to 22 Dec.
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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$116 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
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Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
5 out of 5
123 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$269 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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QT Melbourne
5 out of 5
133 Russell St, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$230 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
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Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Docklands, VIC
The price is AU$224 per night from 20 Dec. to 20 Dec.
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Melbourne - Flinders Street
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Melbourne - Flinders Street
4.5 out of 5
270 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$185 per night from 23 Dec. to 23 Dec.
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Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$189 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
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