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Lille Things to Do

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  • Place du General de Gaulle - Grande...

    The official name of this square is the Place du Général-de-Gaulle, but most people still call it Grand’Place. It is the traditional main square of Lille and is now largely car-free, with only one lane that is still open to motor traffic. On a sunny Saturday afternoon in October the entire population of Lille seemed to be out in the square...

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  • Vielle Bourse

    4 out of 5 stars

    It used to be an Old Stock Exchange Building located between La Grand 'Place and La Place du theater and is built from 1652 -1653 The building in Baroque style seems to be a whole however, it consists of 24 identical houses with the Mercury logo god of commerce the building was funded by 24 merchants and offered shelter to people in the trade and...

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  • Opera House

    Located next to Chambre de Commerce this was closed for the fourth times for renovation and opened its doors in late 2003 again On top of the Opera House you can see the statue of Apollo with nine muses on the right you see the image group that represents the tragedy and to the left represents a different aspect of the music group It closed...

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Lille Hotels

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Lille Restaurants

  • Aux Moules

    4 out of 5 stars

    Aux Moules is a classic French-style brasserie with its white-apronned waiters, banquette seating, and close-fitting tables. The decor is characterful with old restaurant photos (Aux Moules was founded in 1930) hanging on the part ornately-tiled walls. The low-beamed ceiling and diffuse lighting add a cosiness and best of all the waiters are all...

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  • Meert Patisserie and Tea Room

    4 out of 5 stars

    The place looks nice, but it's so incredibly expensive and in my opinion it's not worth the money. There's nothing wrong with the patisserie - on the contrary. But four euro's for a regular cup of tea? Ridiculous! Other than that, I thought it strange that they didn't have a menu in English, the staff didn't speak English at all and we had to...

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  • Estaminet Chez La Vieille

    4 out of 5 stars

    If you want to taste real old Flemish cooking, this is a great restaurant. The restaurant is located in an old building that used to be a local pub. The interior is lovely and totally in the old Flemish style. It seems to be a popular place. Make reservations or come early when it just opens.

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Lille Nightlife

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  • Bars and Restaurants

    Being outside of the main tourist areas and historic centers, the people you'll find near the Wazemmes Marche are any combination of locals, students or resident expats. With that being said, the establishments here tend to be less trendy, cheaper and more relaxed. I came to a few of the places in the area, but preferred Oxford due to its beer...

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  • Nightclubs

    There is one major street in central Lille that has a selection of small bars, themes or foreign, restaurants from Greek to Chinese. You're looking for rue Solferino! It's actually not that far from the centre Grand Place, can walk there within 20 mins. Such bars include, the Highlmander Pub, where you can drink sweet blonde beer and even have...

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  • Live Music

    Ne pas rester à Lille pour Danser... après deux heures du matin ce n'est plus terrible. Avec une voiture et 15 minutes de route, rendez vous en belgique dans les meilleurs boîtes de la région : LE ZOO, l'H2O, LE RÊVE D'Ô.... jusqu'à l'aube ! Soyez fou ! n'ayez pas peur du ridicule et sortez ! dansez, amusez vous ! A Lille, tout le monde s'amuse et...

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Lille Transportation

  • Train to Lille

    There are two train stations in Lille which are close to each other. A short walk to Lille Europe is about 5-10 minutes The Lille Flanders railway station is more for regional destinations, coming from Belgium by train it usually arrive at Lille Flanders Restaurant/bar and hotels are right across the station The train station is just next to...

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  • Metro

    We've taken the metro into Lille on three of our four visits, we stayed in nearby Roubaix and took the Metro to the center of Lille, the second time we drove to Roubaix, parked and took the Metro, the 3rd time we stayed close to the St. Philibert metro station and drove from our hotel and parked. It's very quick, service is frequent and a round...

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  • Tours

    Lille has a good transport network with metro stations dotted around the city. If you don't have much time but would like to see most of the sights and learn some of the history of the city, take one of the tourist office tours. They leave hourly and are in English, French, German or Dutch. The tours take 50 minutes and you listen on a microphone...

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Lille Shopping

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  • Shopping in the Pedestrian Streets

    For us is only a short drive and I often come to shops in Lille on a weekend especially when during sales, prices drops down Lille is the largest shopping city after Paris in France! Trendy outfits you score the big fashion chains in the commercial center of the ultramodern Euralille in Lille-Europe station But besides the well-known chains, there...

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  • Euralille

    An ultramodern shopping center in Lille, just a few minutes walk from the center of town in this huge shopping mall you will find more than 130 stores in a mixed but mostly chain-like caliber Expect things like H & M, Zara, Sephora, Bershka, Esprit, Mango, Morgan, Naf-Naf, Pimkie, Foot Locker, Nature and Discoveries, Agatha, Yves Rocher, etc. A...

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  • Wazemmes market

    An array of market stalls, stands and shops, in a network of roads. This is the best place to buy your food and drink, fresh vegetables, cosmetics etc. It starts very early on Sunday and finishes by 1-2pm. The best bargains for flowers are to be had just around closing tile, so be strategic with your purchases. One of our favourite things to buy...

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Lille Local Customs

  • La Citadelle de Lille

    One of Louis XIV's first tasks after capturing Lille from the Spanish in 1667 was to commission the building of the Citadel, intended to be a heavily fortified town to which the population could retreat in times of war. The contract was awarded to the Marquis de Vauban, who was to build several other fortifications in the area, and was a massive...

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  • Place de la Republique

    When this square was constructed in 1858 it was originally called Place Napoleon III and the name changed after Napoleon fell from favour. Here you'll find the Palais des Beaux-Arts which houses works by, amongst many others, Claude Monet, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Van Dyck and Brueghel. This opened in 1892 and is considered one of the finest...

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  • La Deûle

    Lille is France's 3rd largest river port with La Deule connecting to Northern Europe via the rivers Scarpe and Scheldt and to the sea by the River Lys. The section that passes through the city is more of a canal than a river, having been straightened and dredged to allow passage of largish goods vessels. It is however quite prettily tree-lined and...

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Lille Warnings and Dangers

  • Not much to eat for veggies

    I found it very difficult to find something vegetarian to eat. Most restaurants have two lists of main courses: meat and fish. The first night we were there we spent about an hour looking for a place that had something vegetarian. In the end, I nearly settled for fish because I was feeling so sorry for my boyfriend having to put up with crossing...

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  • Safe Lille

    I'm sure there are safety issues in Lille.I've been to some pretty dangerous cities on my travels, and I can honestly say that I have never, ever felt as safe as I did in Lille. Walking round late at night, taking a wrong turn, using MacDonalds toilets without buying something (oops!), honestly I felt so safe in Lille, much safer than I feel...

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  • The bil ?

    Expensive! To thank our friends from "couchsufing" of Lille to have offered us one if the interesting visit, I offered to drink something in a local bar/pub. If the framework was magnificent with an exposition of photos of James Dean to the first floor, I have nonetheless had a bitter taste while receiving the bill. More than twenty Euro for 6...

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Lille Tourist Traps

  • The bil ?

    Expensive! To thank our friends from "couchsufing" of Lille to have offered us one if the interesting visit, I offered to drink something in a local bar/pub. If the framework was magnificent with an exposition of photos of James Dean to the first floor, I have nonetheless had a bitter taste while receiving the bill. More than twenty Euro for 6...

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  • Cafes on Grand Place

    Some of the cafes on Grand Place charge very inflated prices for drinks. As soon as we arrived in Lille we went for a coffee on the square. I was a little surprised that the bill came to just under 9 Euros for two. I guess you are paying for location here though, even allowing for that, it was very expensive. If you do fancy a drink on Grand Place...

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  • The Citidel

    Everyone recommends the Citidel, don't do what we did and assume that it is open to the public all the time. You can only go on pre-booked tours, and the only tour during our stay there wa fully booked, in French and only once durign teh whole weekend. It looked great from outside the gates though. Tcikets for tours are available from the Tourist...

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Lille What to Pack

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    Take as little luggage with you as possible. This is a general tip for any time you are travelling to, or within, Europe. The less amount of bags you take, the less you'll have to haul around the train and metro stations. Bring clothes for rainy weather in the fall and spring. Lille can be quite cold so make sure you bring a warm jacket and...

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    A coat, it's a cold place specially if you don't visit Lille in summer. A Lille Map of the town and of the Métro (Subway).

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    Sometimes, one has to buy ordinary things or food. Auchan is a good place to do so. There is one in Englos, but you need a car unless you are patient and wait for the slow and infrequent bus. The V2 Auchan in Villenueve d'Ascq in on the metro line (station Hotel de Ville on the yellow line). There is also a large supermarket on the red line...

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Lille Off The Beaten Path

  • Hidden places in Lille

    Maison Coilliot looks a little different to the average house in Lille. That is because it was designed by famous Art-Nouveau designer Hector Guimard, best known for the elaborate metro station entrances in Paris. This type of design does look a bit overblown on a house but it’s a fascinating sight nonetheless. Maison Coilliot, a private residence,...

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  • Wazemmes Market

    Another thing to do every Sunday morning is the fantastic Wazemme market which is located off rue Leon Gambetta a major road that cuts through the centre of Lille. Make sure you get to the market by then time it closes usually around 1pm or 2 latest. Nearer the end you will get the amazing bargains as the perishable goods are sold off at knock down...

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  • Citadelle

    Memorial tombstone for a Leon Trulin at the Citadelle park. The tombstone reads 'Here Leon Trumin, died a hero November 8, 1915 at the age of 18. (In the last letter to his mother he wrote) I forgive everyone, friends and enemies.'

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Lille Sports & Outdoors

  • Pavé de Lille ( FAMOUS LILLE SETT)

    LILLE AEREA IS VERY FAMOUS FOR CYCLING ON SETTS.ON THE COUNTRY SIDE SOME ROADS ARE WELL KEPT FOR GREAT CYCLING EVENTS LIKE "PARIS-ROUBAIX"

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  • Big City Small Ground

    Although Lille are often in the top half of the French "Le Championnat" and usually qualify either the Champions League or the UEFA Cup alas the city is not a fooballing mecca and the ground is relatively small by Premiership Standards. In 2001 they were forced to play their Champions league home games at rivals Lens - a much smaller town but...

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  • OSC Lille soccer

    When in Lille you can visit a game of OSC Lille in the Premier French division.The stadium is in the old citadel parc a 20 min walk from the center. I visted matches against Bordeaux and Sedan (relegation game in 1999). The stadium is old and but has her charm. I like the typical french way of making noise (Buuuuuuuuut ddddeeee LLLLilllllle) and...

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  • Walking around Lille

    Central Lille is a delight to wander being both compact and diverse. From the Grand Place, a mere stone's throw from the main railway station, just about everywhere of interest is easily walkable. The ultra-modern Euralille district, built around the Gare Lille Europe, is about ten minutes due east whilst the old town begins immediately to the...

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  • Nothing to do with Lille

    Sea, rock and soil are the vital ingredients that make up the diverse landscapes of the Cote d’Opale. The sea is the dominant factor and from Wissant in the east to Ambleteuse to the west a succession of fishing villages and seaside resorts provide continuous interest for the visitor. The area between Caps Blanc Nez and Gris Nez is especially...

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  • Museums

    On the Place de la République you will find the hugue museum of beautiful art, which is the 2nd museum of France after the Louvre With 22.000 m2 of space. The building is not just interesting because of the art that is inside, but also because of the architecture. During the recent renovation they have put an extra building towards the old part,...

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