Designed and built by architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer between 1846 and 1847, Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is one of the first shopping arcades built in Europe! The Galeries are divided into three areas (Galerie de la Reine, Galerie du Roi and the Galerie des Princes) filled with luxury shops, auditoriums, elegant cafés, restaurants and cultural spaces. Inside, there’s the commemorative plaque of the first showing of the Lumière brothers’ motion picture camera and the Taverne du Passage, called the Café des Arts until 1892 and the meeting place artist of the time. You can also visit the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts that holds a collection showcasing the correspondence of Einstein, Van Gogh and Brussels’ own Jacques Brel.
Hosted in a nineteenth century building designed by architect Henri Rieck, this shopping arcade is one of the oldest in Brussels. The small beautiful passageway is a heaven for chocolate lovers as it has some amazing chocolate shops, as well as other interesting little shops selling jewelleries, luggage, clothes, etc. The great architecture of this place is definitely a plus when visiting.
Very close to Grand Palace and other attractions of Brussels, this is a chic avenue often compared to Champs Élysées in Paris. It is filled up with designer shops and all top global brands have stores here. There are also nice restaurants and cafés, if you want to take a shopping break. If you are into shopping, Avenue Louise is the place to go!
The Dansaert neighbourhood is a top destination for shoppers that are looking for boutiques hosted by Belgian designers and top level retail shops. Located in the centre of Brussels, this focal point for fashion and design has not only beautiful shops, but a wide variety of restaurants and bars as well. This place is good for a walk, shopping, or to relaxing somewhere for a bit.