Galeries Royale St-Hubert

Address: Rue du Marché aux Herbes, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

- Free


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.

Value for money

Expert tips

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

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Shopping
  • History
  • Design and architecture