Lille: what to do, what to see...

Lille is brimming with northern hospitality, epitomised by its exhibitions and festivals, the festive ambiance at the Braderie flea market and the convivial Estaminet bars of Old Lille that are perfect for enjoying the artisanal local beers and speciality dishes with Flemish accents. It is also a cultural hotbed, with examples of fine-arts and modern creativity sitting side by side in its museums and monuments.


• Views from the Town Hall belfry, the highest in northern France
• The permanent collection at the Palais des Beaux-arts fine arts museum
• 6-metre sculpture of a baby in front of the former Gare Saint-Sauveur station, now a contemporary art and festival centre
• The magnificent Villa Cavrois in Croix designed by Mallet-Staevens
• La Piscine modern art museum in Roubaix, a former art deco swimming pool


• The famous “Braderie de Lille” in September, the biggest flea market in Europe
• Shopping in the pedestrian cobblestone streets and the boutiques of the Lille-Sud district and of Roubaix
• Party in the bars and clubs of the Solferino-Massena district
• Spend a night in a B&B on board a barge or in a gipsy caravan
• Rent a V’lille bike and cycle along the banks of the Deule river


• More than 50 different local cheeses at Wazemmes market
• "Gaufres fourrées" (filled waffles) from Meert
• Carbonnade flamande , waterzoï or potjevleesch served at a local "Estaminet" restaurant
• The famous “moules-frites”, a culinary symbol of the great September “Braderie”
• Locally-brewed beers, typically strong-flavoured


• "P'tits Quinquins" sweets made in Lille since 1921
• Meringues from “ Aux Merveilleux” wrapped in chocolate whipped cream and covered with chocolate shavings
• Local products and man-crafted souvenirs from L'Estaminette, rue de la Barre
• Beer from L'Abbaye des Saveurs, rue des Vieux Murs
• Local cheeses from Philippe Olivier, cheesemongers since 1907

Getting to Lille