For those who love old Victorian Architecture a visit to the stylish Block Arcade is a must when in Melbourne.
Originally a bulk grain store, the Arcade was sold in 1837 for 18 pounds (expensive at the time) and, from then until 1883 was occupied by Briscoe’s bulk grain store. George and George, Silk Mercers and General Drapers, were the next to take it over and the grain store was transformed in to one of Melbourne’s most prestigious stores, known as George’s. Unfortunately in 1889 a spectacular fire burned the building to a cinder!
New owners, The City Property Company, rebuilt what now stands on the site and The Block Arcade’s official opening occurred in 1893.
The Victorian Ladies’ Work Association ran a small tea room, previously located at the shop number 6 between 1893 until 1907. After the Association disbanded, the tea rooms continued to operate under a new name “The Hopetoun Tea Rooms”, after Lady Hopetoun. It was at this time that the tea rooms moved to its present location at the front of the Block.
A tradition of quality continues at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Sit back and relax whilst enjoying your tea and cake or a variety of other fine food and beverages and take in the wonderful décor both in the tearooms and outside in the marvelous decorative Arcade.
The morning we visited I had a flat white coffee and a slice of raspberry and apple crumble cake and Mr Iced vovo had an iced chocolate and a slice of chocolate moussecake. Both were delicious!