on June 16, 2004
One of my favorite place in Brussels... the Galleries St-Hubert with their bright, elegant and airy architecture (thanks to high ceiling topped with glass) is a must-do stop for building lovers and shopaholic alike. It has the honor of bringing the first mall ever build on the continent and was finished in the middle of the 19th century. Divided in three part (Gallerie du Roi, Gallerie de la Reine and Gallerie du Prince), you will find elegant cafes, posh boutiques, a day spa, the flagship store of the famed Neuhaus chocolate company (yummy!), a theatre (Le Theatre des Galleries), a movie Theatre (Arenberg Galleries, shows art and indie movies mainly) and its best kept secret... on the adjoining Gallerie du Prince, Tropismes, one of the most beautiful store in Brussels. This bookstore is a gem and I'm sure that you won't be able to leave without buying one.
But the Galleries are not only a place to shop. Look at the second floor : these are apartment windows! The goal of the Galleries since its construction was to mix commerce with people and apartment where built above the shops. It's still the case today. I really wouldn't mind an apartment with such a view!
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