The Hopetoun Tea Rooms is one of the greatest treasures of the Block Arcade. The salon has been part of the Block's history from the very beginning as it opened its doors in 1892. Created by the Victorian Ladies' Work Association, it was named after the Association's founder (and wife of Victoria's first governor), Lady Hopetoun. While the location within the Block Arcade has now changed, it still offers a splendid array of old-fashioned scones, sandwiches and cakes.
The crowning feature of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms is undoubtedly the beautiful etched mirror on the back wall of the salon. Manufactured in 1891, the mirror adds grandeur and a sense of depth to the petite room. If anyone has any extra information on this beautiful piece of work, I would love to hear it!
Upon entering the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, diners are immediately ensconced in a sea of resplendent green. While the food and service are passable, I believe it must be the experience of dining in such a beautiful and historical room which keeps this cafe full to the brim with patrons today!
What are your impressions of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms?
Buckrich, Judith, Collins: The Story of Australia's Premier Street (2005)
Photos: My own, 2010