Lady Hopetoun Still Presides

Lady Hopetoun Still Presides
Photography by Sanjeev Singh

Stepping away from the crowded, bustling Collins Street or Elizabeth Street entrances and into the sublime oasis of quiet chatter is a welcome respite. Once off the cobbled pavement and inside the national treasure known as the Block Arcade, the stage is set. Overhead looms an extraordinary vaulted ceiling with etched-glass casements and a central cupola, all of which lead right up to Hopetoun’s threshold.

Waiting in the little queue outside the door allows plenty of time to window-shop the delicious assortment of spectacular recipes on the menu. It is said that this is the most photographed window in Australia—a true culinary artist’s masterpiece.  

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