Appearing in Paris at the end of the 18th century, arcades became hugely fashionable at the beginning of the 19th century. They were sophisticated places to be that were accessible to everyone, where people could walk without getting dirty and do some shopping. Between 1786 and 1930, some 320 covered arcades were built in Europe, around 178 of which are left, in 18 countries and 119 towns. These locations still boast a certain appeal today, thanks to their heritage and aesthetic qualities. They remain centres of economic, commercial, tourist and cultural development. Many of them still provide accommodation as well.
The Association EuroArcade’s aim is to bring together Europe’s historic arcades. Its goal is to publicise, promote and drive forward our continent’s historic arcades in a variety of ways. EuroArcades has its head office in the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels.
For Historic Arcades:
If you too manage, live in, own or occupy an historic arcade, send us an application.
For private individuals:
If you too manage, live in, occupy or just love historic arcades, get in touch and we will keep you posted about what we are doing.
To support us:
If you are interested in historic arcades and would like to support our European association, become a member of the Association Euro Arcades.