The Block Arcade, Melbourne CBD

The main entrance to the Block Arcade is in Collins St in the city. Collins Street itself is rich in impressive architecture and frames the Block Arcade perfectly. The Block Arcade is like stepping back in time. The elegance and attention to detail is spell bounding and I’m not just talking about the chocolates. From the floor to the ceiling, it could only be described as a work of art. It is a credit that it has been maintained in such pristine condition.

You cannot walk through the Block Arcade without expecting to see people in period dress walking towards you.  The arcade could only be described as immaculate. This is the perfect place to have a cup of coffee or more appropriately tea and scones.  The first section was built in 1891 and the final construction completed in 1893. It was designed by the architect David C Askew for a financier at the time by the name of Benjamin Fink.  The name Block Arcade is reputed to come from “doing the block”or in other words showing yourself off around Melbourne’s best shopping streets.

The arcade was completely revamped giving it modern amenities without spoiling the original look.  A tour is a must.

 

 

Open on Everyday

 


Cheese World Allansford

Located on the outskirts of Warrnambool in Allansford is Cheese World.  If you are having trouble figuring out what this place slap bang in the middle of the South West dairy region is all about the let me inform you – it’s CHEESE!

I realise not everyone is excited by cheese – although I am – but there is a lot more on offer than just a world of cheese.  Let’s start with the obvious. There is a lot of locally made cheese on offer with one of my favorites being the wasabi cheese.  There are regular tastings but you may want to check beforehand on times so you don’t miss out. There is also a very good selection of wines so you can head back home with your evening essentials.  

Cheese World has a large cafe which specialises in cheese platters and Ploughman’s lunches.  It is open for breakfast, lunch and snacks. As you are in dairy country you absolutely must try a milkshake using local product.

If you are not into dairy there is plenty on offer including the Cheese World Museum.  The museum shows off the equipment and household items used in the early 1900s. Great for both adults and children.  Its free so no strain on the family budget there. It is also a way of showing how the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory (owners of Cheese World) have been involved in the local area since 1888.  Only 10 minutes out of Warrnambool so it is well worth the effort.

 



  

Phone: (03) 5565 3127

Address: 5330 Great Ocean Rd, Allansford VIC 3277

Monday:  9 am to 5 pm
Tuesday:   9 am to 5 pm
Wednesday:   9 am to 5 pm
Thursday:   9 am to 5 pm
Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   10 am to 4 pm
Sunday:   10 am to 4 pm

 

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Pakington Street (Pako), Geelong

Pakington Street in Geelong runs parallel to the Western Beach on the other side of the Geelong to Melbourne Highway.  It is a long street that runs all the way to the Barwon River.  It starts out industrial, graduating into a long stretch of trendy cafes and shopping.  This is a fascinating street to shop and dine which is only minutes from the CBD.

The middle section of Pakington Street (known affectionately as Pako) was the centre for Greek and Italian immigration in the 50s and 60s and had a major influence on the shops and cafes.  Fortunately this influence is still represented in the bakeries, cafes and smallgood outlets.  If you are looking for continental goods this is the best place to go.

Towards the far end of Pakington Street approaching the Barwon River we get to the section they named the Paris End of Pako.  This section is a collection of trendy restaurants, cafes and outlets.  This is a very good area for great burgers, takeaway foods, cosy cafes and upmarket dining.

Pakington Street is a very busy shopping hub so you might manage to get parking in the street but more likely you will do better parking in the carparks at the back of the shops.  The great thing about Pako is that all parking is free.