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Published February 9th 2011
I would unashamedly reveal to you that, until recently, I never really bothered to know or appreciate the historical architecture prevalent around Melbourne city. During my years, when I was not yet best mates with the Gillette Mach 3 razor, I always viewed the city of Melbourne as nothing more than a shopping hub, a social hang out and John So's not so secret lover.
However, the older and subsequently more mature Kevin, can now see that it is a city of both great historical and architectural significance. The Royal Arcade not only epitomises this, but in addition, it's also a great place to have a stroll and see interesting specialty stores.
Acting as a hub between Bourke St Mall, Little Collins St and Elizabeth St, the Royal Arcade is an exemplary example of classical Victorian antiquity within Melbourne. Despite coming from the Victorian era, it is unique in its design, in that it is fashioned in the beautiful Renaissance Revival style. Also, whilst you're there, don't miss the giant Gog and Magog statues at the end of the Royal Arcade. These statues serve as the centrepiece of the place, where conveniently at every hour, the chimes will be struck, just to remind you the end is nigh for your work break.
Other than its architecture, the Royal Arcade will satisfy those with the shopping bug. A range of specialty stores can be found within it, ranging from stores such as The Game Shop, with its novelty board games, Spellbox, a place for wannabe witches (the good ones, not the bad) and Westminster Gifts, a convenient place to buy the right gift for any anyone and any occasion.
And if you want to conclude your day comfortably within the surroundings of a café, don't give a miss to Koko Black, a café specialising in chocolate, where you can sit, relax and drink delicious, rich chocolate drinks.
I'll check this place out. Didn't know about it at all.
By supermiikes - reader Thursday, 10th of February @ 11:37 am
Having been to the city (especially Bourke St Mall) many times before, I have not been here. I, too, use to have the same views about the city as you. I seem to go to the city (other than for uni) more often to try the food and different restaurants than I do for shopping or to hang out. Must go to Koko Black to try their chocolates! Great article, keep it up!
By ly.vu - reader Thursday, 10th of February @ 10:56 pm
Thanks, yeah the chocolate at Koko Black is very good, though admittedly, it's quite pricey, at least in my opinion.
By Kevin Hoang - senior reviewer Friday, 11th of February @ 08:53 am