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)
This marvellous looking galleria was built 16 years after the first king of Belgium, Leopald I, ascended the throne. When it was opened in 1847 it had the distinction of being the first shopping arcade in Europe. It was designed in Neo-Renaissance style by Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar and features three vaulted glass roof sections, Galerie du Roi, Galerie de la Reine and Galerie des Princes. The galleria today houses luxury shops, a lot of chocolate shops and cafes and is lovely to take a wander through.
This is the favourite place of all those keen on shopping. It's packed with shops and restaurants and very busy all the time.
The construction of the building started in 1846.
If you look up, walking through the large passage, you'll see the busts and statues created by Jacquet.
These galeries are not only royal, but also useful, when you want to slow down your pace, without a chilly wind pushing in your back, or have a coffee with the unforgettable "Speculoos" (a small and tasty cake you have probably already heard of)...
One of my favourite place in Brussels... the Galleries St-Hubert with their bright, elegant and airy architecture (thanks to high ceiling topped with glass) is a must-do stop for building lovers and shop-aholic alike. It is the honor of bring the first mall ever build on the continent and was finished in the middle of the 19th century. Divided in three part (Gallerie du Roi, Gallerie de la Reine and Gallerie du Prince), you will find elegant cafes, posh boutiques, a day spa, the flagship store of the famed Neuhaus chocolate company (yummy!), a theatre (Le Theatre des Galleries), a movie Theatre (Arenberg Galleries, shows art and indie movies mainly) and its best kept secret... on the adjoigning Gallerie du Prince, Tropismes, one of the most beautiful store in Brussels. This bookstore is a gem and I'm sure that you won't be able to leave without buying one.
But the Galleries are not only a place to shop. Look at the second floor : these are appartment windows! The goal of the Galleries since its construction was to mix commerce with people and apprtment where built above the shops. It's still the case today. I really wouldn't mind an appartment with such a view!
This is a covered galerie that shelters fancy boutiques and a movie theater (only artistic films). If you cross the galerie you can get to the Rue des Bouchers.
You can eat good ice cream too.
Coming down from central station, you'll first pass a small square (Agora). From there take "rue du Marche aux Herbes" and you will then see your first classical must-see on your right...
These old and wondeful galleries are still housing many luxurious shops, feel free to do some shopping (but be careful if using a credit card ;-).
If you are not in the mood, keep going down the street to the left untill the Grand Place
Don't miss the oldest gallery in the world. It's a beautiful covered passage with a lot of special, luxurious shops and beautiful architecture.
In the middle of the 19th century, the Saint-Hubert Galleries were the longest, highest (8 meters), best decorated and best lit galleries in the world, thanks to the enormous glass roof which is 200 meters long.
Even today the St. Hubert gallery continues to attract a lot of visitors. There are still nice luxurious shops and beautiful cafés.
Godiva and Neuhaus (famous Belgian chocolates) each have a shop in the gallery.
The architect of the gallery is Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar.
St Hubert's Gallery is a massive gallery of shops and cafes in the city center. It is covered by a glass roof, so you can see the skye. There are all kinds of great shops inisde such as chocolate, jewelry and book shops. You'll also find some nice pieces of modern arts, such as the flying cow.
Nice shopping mall and art galleries for fancy stuff and even a couple of small grocery shops!!! Designer clothes, photography, perfumes, the list is endless, ask what you want and so shall you get!!! And the architecture is splendid from inside as well as outside!!! Take your time and browse around for something that may catch your fancy!!!
The St. Hubert gallery is a fine example of a typical kind of building of the 19th century: the covered shopping gallery.
The gallery was officially opened on June the 20th 1847. The gallery consisted of two major parts which were called the King's gallery (Galerie du Roi) and the Queen's gallery (Galerie de la reine). A third, and smaller, section was called the Prince's gallery (Galerie du Prince). All through the 19th century, the St. Hubert gallery would remain in the center of the mundane life in Brussels.
The St. Hubert gallery is a fine example of a typical type of building of the 19th century: the covered shopping gallery. Between 1820 and 1880 seven of these galleries were built in Brussels. Three of these have survived: the St. Hubert gallery, the Bortier gallery and the Northern Passage. These galleries had a double function: the ground-level was almost always occupied by shops, whereas the upper section (first and second floors) were reserved for apartments and habitation.
The first true gallery was constructed in Paris in 1786. A nephew of king Louis XIV had financial problems and, therefore, decided to rent his garden close to the Palais Royal to shopkeepers who were allowed to build little shops to sell their products. Very soon this primitive gallery became a meeting place for lots of people, amongst which were booklovers, visitors of the neighboring theater but also whores and pickpockets. The gallery quickly received a bad reputation. This gallery was then replaced in 1830 by a more beautiful one (the Orléans gallery) where the aforementioned mischievous persons were no longer tolerated. The concept of the covered shopping gallery for the richer classes had by then become so popular, that in that same period similar galleries were constructed in Paris and other cities.
After the Belgian independence in 1830 a plan was made to embellish Brussels. Already in 1820 a new gallery had been built close to the Monnaie (opera) of Brussels. In 1839 it was decided that the city should receive a new gallery which would be more beautiful than the one build in the Belgian city of Liège in 1837. The new gallery was to be implanted in the St. Hubert street, close to the Grand-Place. After the expropriation of the local shop owners, the first stone of the gallery was laid in 1846 by king Leopold I. The financial aspect of the construction was taken care of by the creation of a limited company with private funding. The architect was Jean-Pierre CLUYSENAAR.
The gallery was officially opened on June the 20th 1847. The gallery consisted of two major parts which were called the King's gallery (Galerie du Roi) and the Queen's gallery (Galerie de la reine). A third, and smaller, section was called the Prince's gallery (Galerie du Prince). All through the 19th century, the St. Hubert gallery would remain in the center of the mundane life in Brussels. Noteworthy is, that the architect Cluysenaar has reached the pinnacle of gallery building with this beautiful example in the city center of Brussels. It was also the first time that a roof construction with glass and metal with these dimensions was built in Belgium.
Even today the St. Hubert gallery continues to attract a lot of visitors. There are still nice luxurious shops (e.g. the chocolate house Neuhaus) and beautiful cafés (Taverne du Passage). From the center of the gallery, one can also see the famous Beenhouwersstraat/ Rue des Bouchers, which is still a famous restaurant area in Brussels.
Besides being a historical sight, they can not be missed by a true lover of shopping: so many elegant shops and cafes (they come pretty handy when you are feeling exhausted with carrying all your purchases) situated quite compactly - a dream of a shopping fan!
Oh, the place has historical significance, too, being the first covered European shopping street - it opened in 1846.
These are Galleries built in 1846. There is in fact three galleries - Gallerie de la Reine, Gallerie du Roi, and Gallerie des Princes. They are wonderful. Full of shops and cafes. Great Athmosphere. Stop for a coffee and some people watching. You will stay longer than you intended.
This is a must see.