Originally designed by Charles Webb, the arcade features a high glass roof and windowed stores. At the south end, the arcade features effigies of mythical figures Gog and Magog and a clock which chimes each hour. The arcade was restored between 2002-04 which resulted in additional natural light and consistency of the shopfronts.
It is a significant Victorian era arcade, listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. In addition, Melbourne's Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade. Along with Melbourne's other arcade, the Block Arcade, and Melbourne's lanes, it is a tourist icon of the city. Royal Arcade is famous for its fashion stores as well as specialty stores such as tarot card reading store.
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What a cool place! Very colorful and fun place to shop.ReplyDelete
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Melbourne's arcades are my absolutely favourite places to window shop and drink coffee. Royal Arcade and Block Arcade most of all, but also Cathedral and Capitol Arcades in their better days. The rest were demolished eg Queens Walk Arcade :(ReplyDelete
beautiful place :)ReplyDelete
The damp road adds a beautiful mystique to the streetscape. And this arcade is simply glamorous.ReplyDelete