Royal Arcade offers a whole range of interesting and delightful stores where shoppers can find a wide variety of items.
You will find famous jewellery stores including antique jewellers, to food, clothing, cosmetics and game stores, and right through to interesting and exotic stores, such as tarot reading and Russian dolls.
The Arcade still retains it's old pristine features and ornaments, whilst exposing a fantasy element that reflects the eclectic nature of the stores that populate it's interior.
The Royal Arcade is the oldest retail arcade in Australia. The land was first purchased in 1837 in the first land sale for 20 pounds by Joseph Moore. It was later sold to Simon Staughton in 1855 for 650 pounds.
In 1868 a competition was held for the design of the Royal Arcade building and was won by Charles Webb and construction was commenced on the 4th of June 1869.
The Arcade was officially opened by Charles Amess, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, 2nd May 1870.
Gaunt's clock and the two figures of Gog and Magog were installed at the southern end of the Arcade in 1892. The Elizabeth street Annex was added in 1902.
Ownership of the Arcade was retained by the Staughton and Spensely families and their descendants until 1958 when the property was sold at auction for 541,000 pounds to a company formed by the tenants at that time.
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ 335 BOURKE STREET MALL Melbourne | Map
✆ +61 3 9670 7777
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Royal Arcade
→ Royal Arcade, Melbourne - Wikipedia
→ Also see Block Arcade
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