Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Brussels

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Between rue du Marché-aux-Herbes & rue de l'Ecuyer

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    For praline addicts

    by breughel Updated Dec 15, 2012

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    My favored shop in the Galleries St-Hubert.
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    It's a great honor and pleasure for a Brusseleir like me to read on VT that our Galeries Royales St Hubert are much appreciated (4 stars and 50 tips) by tourists.
    Personally I appreciated them because it is not raining inside but I fancied for the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan when I discovered the central octagonal space topped with a glass dome. The thing that is missing in the Brussels' Galleries.
    However what is not missing and what I like in the Galleries St Hubert are the "pralines" shops (ref my tip PRALINES - NOT "chocolates" something you won't find in Milan.
    Recently, on an evening, I spent at least ten minutes staring at the window of the Neuhaus shop.
    I had no look for the architectural décor of Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer but only for my praline addiction.

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    Luxury place

    by lina112 Written Jul 27, 2012

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    Galleries Saint Hubert, designed in 1847, were the first commercial galleries in Europe and are the most elegant. Are 200 meters long, and covered by a huge glass dome which passes the light but no rain. They are divided into three zones: the Queen's Gallery, the Gallery of the King and the Hall of Princes. Inside you can see dozens of shop windows decorated with all luxury, jewelry best chocolate, exclusive fashion shops, quality restaurants and cafes and even a small theater and a cinema.

    Las Galerías Saint Hubert, diseñadas en 1847, fueron las primeras galerías comerciales de Europa y son de las más elegantes. Miden 200 metros de largo, y están cubiertas por una enorme cúpula de cristal que deja pasar la luz pero no la lluvia. Están divididas en tres zonas: la Galería de la Reina, la Galería del Rey y la Galería de los Príncipes. En el interior se pueden ver decenas de escaparates decorados con todo lujo; numerosas joyerías, grandes chocolateros, tiendas exclusivas de moda, restaurantes y cafeterías de calidad e incluso un pequeño teatro y un cine.

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    Galleries fit for a King

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Galeries Royales St. Hubert was built in 1846 King Leopold l laid the foundation stone for the glass roofed galleries. Inside there are three seperate galleries = The King's Gallery, the Queen's Gallery and the Prince's Gallery a right royal collection. The central motif includes the words "Omnibus omnia" = some thing for everyone and it certainly has. Today the galleries still retain some exclusive and old fashioned shops with a big price tag and upmarket cafes. I wasn't here to shop or have an overpriced drink but to capture the beauty as the light filtered down, also to sneek a peek through the many shop windows.

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    A beautiful shopping arcade

    by clareabee Written Oct 29, 2010

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    this is a wonderful shopping arcade with some lovely shops offering something different. It is an oasis of calm after the madness of pounding the streets and I would certainly recommend a visit. It is old fashioned elegance!

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    ELEGANCE AND STYLE

    by MaheshSamtani Written Feb 21, 2010
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    The covered Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert are an ideal place for window shopping or just strolling through. These arcades are supposed to be the first in Europe and date back to 1846 and are also supposed to be the longest with a length of 213 meters. There were a sensation when they opened and continue to remain so. These galleries are composed of three arcades, Galerie de Roi, Galerie de la Reine and Galeries des Princes. surely something to have on your list, for your next trip to Brussels.

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    The oldest Mall in Europe

    by csordila Updated Jun 1, 2009

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    Neuhaus, the best chocolate-maker
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    The glass-and-iron-roofed 200 meters long gallery was opened in 1847 and is said to be Europe's oldest covered shopping arcade.
    The Royal St Hubert Galleries are divided into 3 parts, the Galeries de la Reine (the Queen's Gallery), the Galerie du Roi (the King's Gallery) and the Galerie des Princes (the Princes' Gallery), to pay homage to the royal family.
    All through the 19th century, the Galleries became the meeting place of artists and the center of the mundane life.
    Even today there are still a lot of luxurious shops with leather jackets and handbags, smooth gloves, suits of classic cut for men and women. There are also apartments above the shops, as well as cinema and revue theatre, but the shops and cafes are the main attractions.

    You can find here the Taverne du Passage restaurant (open daily 11am - Midnight), which offers a wide variety of seafood, among others mussels of course and fish stew named " waterzooi" by Frommer's highly recommended.
    The Mokafe cafe serves delicious and complete breakfast for around 6 € including mouthwatering croissants with real fresh squeezed juice or warm waffles dusted with powered sugar and garnished with fresh fruit.
    Chocolate lovers should visit Neuhaus, the best chocolate-maker in this chocolate-mad country; they claim to have invented pralines in this shop. You can buy prettily wrapped boxes of the "best-in-the-world" chocolate to take home.

    The wellknown Rue des Bouchers is only a stone's throw away from the center of the gallery, which is still the most famous restaurant area in Brussels.

    Shop and restaurant hours vary, but the gallery itself is open daily around the clock, so you can admire the architecture day and night.

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    Magnificent Galeries St-Hubert

    by Mikebb Written Jan 6, 2009

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    This grand arcade was opened in 1847 being the first arcade in Europe. Today it looks brilliant and has lost nothing over the past 160 years. It is the high end of town with expensive fashion shops, several Belgium Chocolate shops, cafes and restaurants. We walked through the arcade several times, especially at night when the vaulted glass roof looks brilliant with all the night lights.

    Both times we limited our spending to several bags of Chocolates.

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    Shopping fun

    by mikey_e Written Jan 4, 2009

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    The Galeries royales Saint-Hubert were, I think, my favourite part of Brussels. It is not just that I enjoy walking through luxury shopping malls and feeling as if I were in fact wealthy, but somehow they reminded me of the royal pomp and luxury that I associated with Brussels - that is, apart from the rather dark and sleazy reputation the city earned in the 1990s and early part of this century. The Galeries are essential an enclosed shopping arcade with high-eng (although not too high-end) stores and some excellent cafés. I had café au lait at one of the cafés (unfortunately, I can never remember the names of the places where I eat) and it was truly the most pompous dining experience I have ever had. Never before have I been served a small coupe of chocolate mousse with my café au lait. In fact, I'm sure that someone in Italy rolled in his grave at the idea that, not only would people be having café au lait at 3PM, but that they would take it with such a rich accompaniment. The Galeries are divided into those of the King, the Queen and the Princes (I don't know which is which, although I believe that the Queen's Gallery is the middle one) and were erected in 1847, before the Vittorio Emmanuele Gallery in Milan.

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    Upscale Shopping

    by tere1 Updated Mar 16, 2008

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    The Galeries Saint Hubert are a heaven for shoppers who are willing to spend money.

    Most of the shops are "chocolateries". You have several of them and the smell of chocolate fills the place.

    But you can also find there upscale brand cloth , bags and shoes stores. A stop to have a coffee or tea in one of the coffee shop terraces while watching people go buy is a nice way of relaxing after a long walk.

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    by sabsi Updated Jan 8, 2008

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    This beautiful old glass covered shopping gallery makes you feel like you're in Italy. There are some pretty posh shops in here (including the Neuhaus chocolatiers flagship store, I nearly collapsed when I saw these prices!) as well as some cosy cafés. A great place for window shopping!! Have a look not only at the nice things you can buy but also at the nice shops themselves. A old fashioned bookshop and a fancy modern flowers shop come to my mind...

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    Galeries Royales St Hubert

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 30, 2007

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    I could have put this under shopping but I already have an unusually high amount of shopping tips for Brussels for being me! It must be all those rainy days and missing the family...:))) Besides, this is the gallery of galleries in a city which is full of them and it is an architectural masterpiece.

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    What to see or to do

    by Anne-Lieze Written Apr 7, 2007

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    One day: walking tour
    Start at the justice palace,walk down the Sablon to see the statues of the corporates, jump in the Musee des Beaux Art just to see the architecture, the Royal Place and the Royal Palace.Have a nice light meal at the top of The Museum of Musical Instrument with its beautiful view of Brussels.Walk down the hill to the Grand Place and have a drink there.Spend your evening at the quais.
    Second day :
    Take the hop on hop off bus and get out at The Atomium, The Cinquantenaire, The Museum of Tervuren, The European Quarter etc

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    Sint Hubertusgalerijen - Royal St Hubert Galleries

    by penumbra Written Dec 2, 2006

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    Galleries St. Hubert

    This is the world’s first shopping mall. Opened in 1847, you’ll find high-end boutiques and restaurants under the glass roofs of this galleria. There are three sections, appropriately called the King’s, Queen’s and Prince’s gallery.

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    Gallery de Roi (The King's Gallery)

    by Martin_S. Written Nov 29, 2006

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    Gallery de Roi (The King's Gallery), Brussels

    The gallery opened in 1847 and consisted of two galleries, the King's gallery (Galerie du Roi) and the Queen's gallery (Galerie de la reine)
    It is also called the St. Hubert gallery because of its physical location on St. Hubert Street.
    This was the first time a roof construction of glass+metal this large was built in Belgium.

    You can find many fancy shops there (the chocolate house Neuhaus, is a very "tasty" example)

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    Les Galeries Saint-Hubert

    by traveloturc Written Aug 5, 2006

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    Galeries Saint-Hubert

    The Galeries Saint Hubert, built in 1846, feature luxury shops and cafés, a famous tavern, a cinema and a theater. They provide a link between the surroundings of the Town Hall Square and the National Opera. Smaller side galleries are the universe of antiquarians and librarians.
    Nice place to visit specially if its a sunny day .( which is rare)

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