Located in northern France, Lille offers a delightful blend of Flemish joviality and French elegance. It has everything to seduce: stunning architecture, great museums, lovely shops and atmospheric cafés.
Lille City Tour
A 50-minute tour of the city on a minibus, which is air-conditioned and wheelchair-accessible. The tour runs every day, every hour, all year round. It starts from the Tourist Office and includes an audio-guide available in 9 languages.
Lille City Pass
Available for 24, 48 or 72 hours, the Lille City Pass covers all museums in Lille and the area, some guided tours and monuments, and provides unlimited access to all public transport (metro, tramway and bus). It also includes special offers on shopping, restaurants and leisure activities.
The Lille area has dozens of museums, including 3 ranked among the best in France. In Lille, Rubens, Delacroix and Monet sublimate the huge Museum of Fine Arts, housed in a 19th-century palace. In Villeneuve d’Ascq, the LaM museum is the only one in Europe that shows modern art, contemporary art and Art Brut (outsider art) under the same roof. Roubaix’s hidden gem “La Piscine” is indisputably the most unusual one: former Art Deco public baths act as a background to art, fashion and design collections!
Every first weekend in September, Lille is home to \"La Braderie\", the biggest flea market in Europe! Preceded by a half-marathon, the flea market officially opens at 2 pm on Saturday and carries on until 11 pm on Sunday.
The city is transformed into a huge pedestrian zone where 10,000 traders, second-hand sellers and especially “Bradeux” (non-professional sellers) gather in a festive atmosphere. All of the city’s restaurants sell mussels and chips, and participate in an unofficial competition to see which one is able to build the highest pile of empty mussels shells: it’s quite a sight!
Fun-loving and out-going, Lille boasts the highest percentage of young people in France. The city moves to the rhythm of its carnivals and festivals of all kinds. And at night-fall, the party goes on in the numerous bars and clubs that make Lille nights famous... Vieux Lille (old town) and Massena street are the best places to party!
In this region of festivities and hospitality, locals like to get together around a good table! The tasty regional specialities are to be found in the popular "estaminets", those small Flemish restaurants providing a rustic décor and a convivial atmosphere. Their hearty food, including "carbonnade", "waterzooï" and "potjevleesch", is usually washed down with a traditional, locally brewed beer.
Lille is a mecca for shopaholics! The city has 3,900 shops, and each district has its own special features. Luxury boutiques in Vieux Lille, department stores and high-street names in the city centre, a huge hypermarket in the Euralille shopping mall and bazaars in the multi-ethnic Wazemmes area. Just a few miles away from Lille, Roubaix is known as the “capital of bargains”, with two factory outlet centres. It also develops a fashion district (near the “La Piscine” museum), dedicated to young fashion designers.
The Tourist Office is open 7/7 and available at www.lilletourism.com or +33 (0)359 579 400.
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