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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)...
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
This inside row of shops was the first shopping arcade in continental Europe, built by King Leopold I in 1847. Back in its early days, it was a place the rich and famous would go to attend meetings. Its neo-Renaissance styling sports a vaulted glass room which lets the light in during the day while protecting shoppers from the elements.
There is a simple straight pathway with openings on either end and lined on both sides with booksellers, chocolate shops, cafes, and other shops. The window displays are wonderful and worth walking through just to window shop. It also makes a nice short-cut getting from one part of the city to another without having to walk around the building.
The Galeries St-Hubert can be found at Rue des Bouchers.