Lille is a university town so has a very young population, this is reflected in the shops. There are a mix of funky shops and boutiques selling diverse ranges. Artisans sell their wares and there is also a mix of fashion outlets ranging from designer names to tiny boutiques. When it comes to shopping, Lille does it with style. Generally shops opening hours are Monday 2pm-7pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-7pm (or often 8pm in malls). Smaller shops close from 12pm-2pm. Most shops are closed on Sundays, so weekenders should nip down to rue Gambetta, where shops are open on Sunday morning from 9am-1pm.
Just round the corner from this busy junction the scene changes dramatically into a maze of pedestrian street where you will find high fashion for men, women and children including babes and tots!
The shoppers here on a Saturday morning were relaxed and well heeled.
I am not a travelling shopper but if I were these streets would have been top of my list.
I did enjoy a bit of window shopping though!
Just out of camera shot bottom left of the photo is the best boulangerie/patisserie we found - wonderful lunchtime picnics from there! Look out for the blue and red building lower down on the right,
What to buy: Fashion if you can afford it.
Bakery, cheeses, paté, chocolate ...... actually anything you want!.
No specific shop described here, but just by walking the streets you will discover a whole range of individual boutiques and attractive shops selling a wide variety of items. Since Lille is not a main tourist hotspot, there are not an overwhelming amount of similar shops aimed at tourists all selling postcards etc.
Lille is a shoppers paradise!!!
From the Grand' Place, there are pedestrianised streets lined with boutiques and chain stores.
There are enough shops to keep women and men happy, with a range of clothing styles.
In Vieux Lille, there are fancy shops, selling speciality goods, designer clothes and gourmet delights.
What to buy: I really enjoyed wandering around and window shopping.................ok, with the occassional purchase to keep me happy!!
I was amazed how much shopping you could do in such a rather small city. Not far from the market square, in the pedestrian area, you can find the most common shops like H&M, C&A, Eram, ... When I was there, there were still discounts, which were already over in Belgium, great! ;-)
I really liked the Disney Store and felt I was going back to my youth over there :-)
Also close to the city centre, you can find the commercial centre Les Tanneurs. Smaller than Euralille, but nice as well. Here you can find Monoprix, clothes, jewelry, gifts, Fnac ( a huge book and multimedia store), ...This commercial centre is more or less combined (via Fnac) with another shopping centre: Galérie Grand Place, right on the market square.
I especially liked the decoration on the wall, as you can see in this picture.
Lille is THE place to go shopping. There are many pedestrian streets where you can find anything possible. Stop only when you can't carry your bags ;-)