Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
What travelers are saying
- We visited this shopping arcade just because of the fact that it dates back to 1847 and is still functioning! Nice to spend an hour here strolling and taking in the sights. We limited ourselves to window shopping but did indulge in waffles from Maison Dandoy here.Written December 3, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We visited Woluwe Shopping Center in July (school holidays in Belgium), which may explain why it was so quiet, despite the fact that summer sales were in full swing. Covid-19 may also have played a role as many people tend to avoid crowded places these days. When it was created in 1968 the shopping mall was the first of its kind in Belgium. Since then, it has been enlarged and refurbished several times and, today, it doesn’t look different from any other mall and you’ll find all the usual suspects. But we did find an unfiltered olive oil we had been looking for everywhere at an Italian Specialty Shop (‘Spécialités italiennes’). There are several pleasant places to have a bite or a drink; the loos were clean. Maybe due to the glass roof of the central hall - a nice feature in itself – it was a bit too hot inside on a warm summer day.
Tram 8 (stop Woluwe Shopping) left us opposite the mall. Metro station Roodebeek on line 1 is accessible from inside the mall.
Reading the reviews, we were amazed Flemish (Belgian) reviewers have been allowed to rant against and even insult French speaking shop assistants and to compare this mall to others, so much better, in Flanders (and even in Germany!). Isn’t that supposed to be against TA rules?Written August 9, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A blast from the past amidst the modern and arguably rather ugly commercial expressions of the Rue Neuve. Very elegant small scale shops in a pleasant indoor setting. Worth a visit for sure to get some relief from the hustle and bustle.Written July 1, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A little bit of everything and the shop keepers are very welcoming and helpful. I loved walking around whilst it was quiet, plenty of parking. Great places to eat, hard to choose where to though. Been 3 times now and discover new shops each timeWritten June 22, 2019
- I heard the parking and other services are not free and that's slightly inconvenient for car owners. I, however, cam by tram and faced no difficulties into coming or leaving. It's huge with a whole bunch of amazing shops. Seriously, you can literally find anything you need there! There's so much variety of shops and food places and it's so clean.Written October 2, 2022
- We quite like Galerie Ravenstein, especially the atrium with its high concrete and glass cupola and the majestic staircase leading to Horta’s Palais des Beaux-Arts in the upper town. Sadly enough, the modernist Galerie Ravenstein, built as a covered shopping mall by architects Alexis and Philippe Dumont in the mid-1950s, seems to have lost its original purpose and lustre these days. Most of the shops, restaurants, and cafés are gone; there are only a few businesses left. So, if it’s a shopping experience you are after, you will have to look elsewhere. But the gallery is still a pleasant shortcut between the Bruxelles Midi railway station and the upper town. The porches on both sides are worth a look.Written September 9, 2023
- My apartment was right in the heart of this area - a pedetsrianised shopping district where you can find all manner of different shops, cafes and restaurants with plenty of places to sit and eat and watch the world go by. Sometimes there is street entertainment, although not so much with Covid and Grand Place is only a short walk away.Written June 2, 2021
- Normally we tend to avoid shopping malls and never visit them on our travels unless they convey a sense of the local culture or are particularly interesting from an architectural point of view. That is not the case of the recently refurbished City 2 mall in Brussels. But sometimes we just need a convenient place like City 2 to snatch up clothes, toys, books (FNAC), a mobile phone or the right disposable vacuum bags (at Van den Borre or Handyman). With restaurants still closed due to Covid-19 the food court downstairs offers a good choice of takeaway food. Public transportation is just around the corner.
Why a TA contributor's recent rant (in French) against a particular shop assistant at a particular shop (FNAC) would be accepted as a ‘review’ of the whole City 2 shopping mall is a mystery to us.Written March 8, 2021
- It was a 15-30 minute journey from the Thon Hotel City Center by bus to this Shopping Center. There is a grocery store in the rear area of the Shopping Center. It was a comfortable atmosphere on the day I visited. There was rain, however it was not too crowded. There was a "Suavis" Cafe located in this shopping Center (see photos) and the food was delicious. Purchased a new cell phone and the price didn't seem to be crazy expensive considering it was a Shopping Mall. Was able to go down to the "Base" mobile store to activate my sim and the data had me up and running in less than an hour. The grocery had plenty of things to choose from as well. This was one of the more comfortable shopping experiences. On the corner outside of this shopping mall is located a nice gym.Written July 4, 2018