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Arcades

Do a modern version of "the block", a century-old form of cruising Melbourne's arcades that to this day takes in cutting-edge artwork, independent fashion, imported music and stunning design.

Arcades with history

These days you're not walking endlessly around Block and Royal arcades, unlike your forebears who were trying to escape the prying eyes of their elders. You may still start at Block Arcade, which links Collins Street and Little Collins streets via a glass canopied, mosaic floored laneway. Slaver over the cake displays at Hopetoun Tearooms, stylish accessories at Mimco, rollicking tunes at Basement Discs and al fresco eating options.

Cross over to Royal Arcade, nodding to the giant statues of Gog and Magog and set yourself up with babushkas, boardgames, bling and super style from Marais and Somewhere.

Embarking on new "block"

Your new-fangled "block" doesn't end there. Cover your tracks back over Collins Street and head for Cathedral Arcade, with the dome, stained glass and leadlighting that the name suggests. Browse the wares at Limedrop and ride the historic lifts up to the Nicholas Building ateliers, studios and galleries.

Going underground

Slip beneath Degraves Street to Campbell Arcade and be surprised by the latest offering from the Platform Artist Group, one of Melbourne's oldest artist-run initiatives that gives commuters something to smile about. Also proffering reasons to smile is Cup of Truth and its seriously excellent coffee; indie fashion at Cats Meow and Corky Saint Clair; big beats at Wax Museum Records; and Sticky zine world, which almost defies description.

With all the cafes, bars and restaurants scattered around "the block", you can maintain your energy levels, and do it all again.

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The Block Arcade

Cross the mosaic floor and explore the incredibly ornate Victorian architecture of Block Arcade.

The Cats Meow

Feel like the cat's pyajamas in locally made, totally original designer fashion and accessories.

Cup of Truth

Go underground for barista-brewed coffee so smooth you won't want to get it at street level again.

Corky Saint Clair

Art meets life and then gets madly meta as you find yourself browsing Corky's shop in real life.

Campbell Arcade

Slip beneath Degraves Street and discover an unlikely subterranean world of art, design and fashion.

Somewhere

Indulge in all things Nordic by nature at this stylish fashion store with an upstairs gallery space.

Platform Artists Group

The pink tiled interior of the Degraves Street Subway and the glass display cases outside the...

The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi

Take home stylish souvenirs: Melbourne-themed prints on clothing, accessories, canvas and homewares.

Hopetoun Tea Rooms

Raise a pinky to founder Lady Hopetoun as you dine the 'old-fashioned way' at this house of fine tea.

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