Lille is a city that is full of life with many festivals taking place, plenty of art and historical building to visit. You will never be left wanting when you visit here. This friendly city welcomes you with open arms and it is the perfect city for all groups of people. So whether you are looking for great nightlife or a relaxing trip away, this is the place for you.
An Amazing Shopping Experience
Whether you like shopping or not, the hustle and bustle of these charming streets are enough to whisk you away to a place where you lose yourself in the moment. Take to the streets of the old town and take in the architecture along with some stunning shops. You can find chic boutiques right through to some of the biggest names on the high-street. It just feels like a completely different shopping experience. This is probably down to the fact that there are plenty of coffee shops to sample as well as many bakeries. Who doesn’t love a pastry and a coffee in between shops?!
Try a Famous Lille Bakery
Take a trip to Au Merveilleux where you will be met with a gorgeous bakery. Here they offer their speciality of meringues topped with chocolate. In fact, these are so popular that you will be met by a queue of people but that is always a good thing! When it comes to France and Lille in particular, they know how to create masterpieces in the kitchen. And you won’t go far wrong by taking a bit of me-time by indulging in one of the many tasty creations on offer.
Take a Tour of the Highest Municipal Building in France
To have a title as “The Highest Municipal Building in France” it has to be tall. And at 104 metres high, it does not disappoint because this is a must-visit attraction. This building is a symbol of Lille and it is a UNESCO heritage site, giving it even more of a reason to stand proud. To get to the top will take some effort as there are 100 steps to climb before you reach the reception. However, there is a lift which will please you but there are more steps to climb. However, after all that, you will be met with some of the most spectacular views over the city, making your efforts well worth it.
The Charm of Le Vieux Lille
This is arguably the main attraction of Lille. The Grande Place, or the main square as it is known, has so much to offer. Take a visit and get lost in the architecture and monuments. These include L’hotel de Ville, La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie, the tower Beffroi, the Grande Place and the Opera. This is the location where it all happens. This concentrated spot of absolute beauty will have you hooked and that is a guarantee because you will fall in love with this magical place.
Head to an Active Garrison
This is a sensational place and well worth exploring. This star-shaped Citadel, that is a fortified military base with a long and illustrious history, it is also a self-contained town. It was built by order of King Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’. It is now home to over 1,000 soldiers and foreign legionnaires. There are select open days but there are guided tours available, all of which will give you access to this exciting place.
Map of Lille
Events In Lille
Braderie de Lille
During the first weekend in September, the whole of the city centre of Lille, as much as 200km of footpaths are turned into the world’s biggest flea market. The market is open non-stop and that includes all through the night, from 2 pm on Saturday to 11 pm on Sunday. You will find all kinds of wares here as well as mussels and frites along with a bustling atmosphere. There are antiques, local delicacies, handicrafts and more, it is an event that really won’t disappoint.
Lille Christmas Market
As far as Christmas markets go, this is up there as one of the best. And with the perfect backdrop of the neoclassical Flemish building, it is enchanting in every way. This is the perfect way to welcome in the season of good-will because this winter event will certainly put you in the mood for the festive period. There are over 90 wooden stalls to wander through, mulled wine and many other treats available. This a spectacular Christmas market which you should not miss!
Hotels In Lille
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