Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Brussels
These glass roofed arcade was built in 1847. It was the first shopping arcade in Europe. It consists of two mayor parts called Galerie du Roy (King' s Gallery) and Galerie de la Reine (Queen' s Gallery); and a smaller section called Galerie du Prince (Prince' s Gallery).
This shopping arcade is lined with lots of luxury shops, cafes, some restaurants, a theatre and a cinema.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful shopping arcades I have ever seen is the GALERIES ROYALES ST. HUBERT. Construction began on this arcade in 1846 and was inaugurated on June 20, 1847 by King Leopold.
The main passage is 213 meters long. The Galleries are divided into 3 parts - Queen's Gallery - King's Gallery - Prince's Gallery.
Here you will find upscale boutiques, including the Neuhaus Chocolatier, (pic #4) clothing, jewellery and lace boutiques (pic #5). There is also a theatre and movie house.
The Sint-Hubertus gallery , the part closests
to the 'schildknaapstraat' you will find
You can't miss it...it is some sort of an old-
fashioned living room and it has a wide
terrace. The 'rue des bouchers' is nearby and
how much I advised you not to go there ,
now I'm saying try this.
There is this little island in the middle with
lots of cakes , tartes , biscuits...
They also serve small dishes (never with fries)
for a reasonable price.
But that is not the reason. The atmosphere is
just unpayable. The real life theater is for free.
You think this is a tourist spot?
Have a closer look.
'john' the weighter is obviously gay and
flirts with the older ladies. They smile with
there thin red painted lips.
Their clothes got this old , imperishable
style. They enjoy their 'tarte-tatin' very slow
and sip parsimoniously from thair excellent
coffee. Behind the cassock it is quit vivid.
It is a popular spot.
My favorite game was guessing what the
old ladies did as a job in their former lives.
She must have been a piano teacher...
and she was the wife of the doctor
Make sure you find yourself
a nice spot to watch it all.
see the Saint Hubertus Gallery’s.
The first stone of this gallery was lay down by Leopold I at May 6th, 1846.
The galleries form a large glazed passage from 212 meters long, 8 meters wide and 18 meters high.
The design is from Cluysenaer.
Busts and statues are decorating the interior and are ascribed to the sculptor Jaquet. This is the first gallery with shops, restaurants and theatres.
THE ST. HUBERT GALLERY
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.
Favorite thing: Not far from the Grand Place you find this Galerie. It's very nice with its glass roof and its pictoresque shops. you can even sit there for a coffee in a smart bar or go to the teathre.