Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

#5 in Best Things To Do in Brussels
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Galerie du Roi 5

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Free

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Shopping, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Want to get in a little shopping while visiting Brussels? Make time for a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, a Renaissance-style arcade built in the mid-1800s. With a glass roof once known as the "umbrella of Brussels," the building is worth seeing whether or not you want to indulge in any retail therapy. Around 6 million visitors come to the Galeries every year to enjoy stores selling everything from clothing to chocolate to diamonds. The Galeries Royales also house restaurants, art galleries, a cinema and theaters. Victor Hugo even once enjoyed hanging out here.

Past visitors said it makes a great place to see on a rainy day and described the building as stunning. Many also recommended checking out the extensive chocolate shops.

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, which is located less than a half-mile from the Grand-Place, is always open to explore, though check shops for specific opening and closing times. For more information, visit the website.

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