Galeries Royale St-Hubert

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Rue du Marché aux Herbes, Brussels, 1000

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By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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expert-rated things to do in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Singles, Design and architecture, History, Shopping

Expert review of Galeries Royale St-Hubert

Europe’s very first shopping mall.

Built in 1847, the neo-classical Galeries Royale St-Hubert had the prestige of being Europe’s first-ever indoor shopping mall. Its split into three sections: Galerie du Roi, Galerie de la Reine and Galerie du Prince. When the covered galleries first opened, the refined clientele were charged 20 cents to wander beneath the stunning vaulted glass ceiling and across the marble floors that today are home to the boutiques of a handful of revered designers, the renovated Vaudeville theatre, the Neuhaus chocolatiers — where the first praline was concocted in 1912 by Jean Neuhaus — and a selection of pricey restaurants and cafés, including Taverne du Passage and L'Ogenblik. Entrances to the galleries can be found on Rue du Marché aux Herbes and Rue de l’Ecuyer.

Expert tips: 
Order a beer at one of the cafes with a terrace and sit back to admire the glass ceiling in detail.

More information on Galeries Royale St-Hubert:

Price guide:
Architectural site
Rue du Marché aux Herbes, Brussels, 1000
Months open:
All year round

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