The main entrance to the Block Arcade is in Collins St in the city. Collins Street itself is rich in impressive architecture and frames the Block Arcade perfectly. The Block Arcade is like stepping back in time. The elegance and attention to detail is spell bounding and I’m not just talking about the chocolates. From the floor to the ceiling, it could only be described as a work of art. It is a credit that it has been maintained in such pristine condition.
You cannot walk through the Block Arcade without expecting to see people in period dress walking towards you. The arcade could only be described as immaculate. This is the perfect place to have a cup of coffee or more appropriately tea and scones. The first section was built in 1891 and the final construction completed in 1893. It was designed by the architect David C Askew for a financier at the time by the name of Benjamin Fink. The name Block Arcade is reputed to come from “doing the block”or in other words showing yourself off around Melbourne’s best shopping streets.
The arcade was completely revamped giving it modern amenities without spoiling the original look. A tour is a must.
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