Lille City Breaks
This charming medieval city is proud of its wonderful architecture, cobbled streets and thriving Old Quarter, elegantly restored. It has a buzzing arts scene and is building a reputation for excellent shopping.
Spoil yourself at the Michelin-starred restaurant L'Haitriere for an evening of gourmet seafood in opulent surroundings. Located close to the cathedral, it's a popular restaurant so you will have to book.
Palais des Beaux-Arts This beautifully restored 19th century palace museum is second only to the Louvre and contains works of Monet and Goya..
Ancienne Bourse This beautiful ornate building dominates The Grand' Place where its courtyard hosts an afternoon flea market.
Relax with a biere on the cafe terraces in The Grand' Place, after wandering around the cobbled streets of the old town and exploring the cultural sights of Lille.
Visit Le Braderie, held on the first weekend of September, where you can rummage through bric-a-brac and find an antique treasure to take home.
Book your trip in late November and December to enjoy the delights of the Christmas Market - the largest in Northern France.
Food & Drink
The regional dishes of Northern France combine the influences from both French and Belgian cuisine. The area is justifiably proud of its numerous brasseries serving regional specialities. Dishes to sample include carbinnade de boeuf and waterzooi, a Flemish stew made with chicken or fish in a creamy sauce. You'll also find mountains of mussels with enormous mounds of frites.
Desserts include tarte au sucre, brioche-like cramiques and almond macaroons. The drink of choice is beer and it's often used in cooking - you might even find beer soup on the menu!
There is plenty here for the discerning shopper. On the rue de la Grande Chaussee, you'll find French designer names such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Lacoste. For something more unique, try the tiny boutiques in the old Flemish houses of the old town; you might find antiques, jewellery or fashion. At Euralille Mall, near the Eurostar terminal, there are more than 100 high-street brands to browse through.
Lille City Pass
Adult from £18 - 24 hour pass,
£27 - 48 hour pass, £41 - 72 hour pass.
Discover the beauty of Lille with a guided bus tour, free access to 27 museums/cultural sites and free transportation, valid for 1 day or 2 days.