Distance: 2,5 km, 30 min walk or 15 min by metro
Before going to the Vieux Lille, do not miss the Grande Place, a traditional meeting place for the residents. It is framed with majestic Flemish facades and lines with cafĂ©s where you can enjoy a drink while observing the inhabitants going about their everyday lives. If you like books, get lost in the Furet du Nord, Europeâ€™s biggest book shop with its 350 000 books. If you prefer ancient works, stopping by the secondhand booksellers of the Vieille Bourse is a must.
Distance: 2,5 km, 30 min walk or 15 min by metro
The Old XVII Century commodity exchange, now called the Vieille Bourse is a red ochre square composed of 24 identical merchant houses with an interior yard. If you are lucky you will observe chess players or on Sunday evenings, in summer, join the Argentinian tango dancers for a very lively night. Just behind the Vieille Bourse, you will find the chamber of commerce and the Opera on the Place du ThĂ©Ă˘tre. With any luck, you will hear the carillon bells of the belfry.
Whether you like window shopping or not, you must scroll through the small paved streets of the Vieux-Lille. There you will find fancy shops, restaurants and animated bars. Donâ€™t forget to look up and admire the magnificent XVII Century facades.admire the HuitriĂ¨re, in the surprising Art DĂ©co style fishmongersâ€™ restaurant. For an afternoon snack the waffles from chez Meert, in Esquermois street are a must.
Once youâ€™re on the Grand Place, walk behind the Vieille Bourse following the sound of the belfry canting the â€śpâ€™tit Quinquinâ€ť, an anthem to the north. You will then arrive at the Place du ThĂ©Ă˘tre with its majestic neo-flemish style chamber of commerce and its 75 meters belfry. You will find there the Opera with its neoclassical faĂ§ade inspired by that of the Paris Opera Garnier.
Itâ€™s one of the oldest and biggest museum of Beaux-Arts in France after the Louvre. The Belle Ă‰poque style building is registered in the historic monuments inventory. Inside, you can admire the French and European collections of paintings from the XIX Century (Courbet, David, Delacroix, Goya, Rubens, Van Dyckâ€¦), XIX Century sculptures (Claudel, Rodinâ€¦), ceramics, drawings and XVII Century models of the fortified cities by Vauban.
Place de la RĂ©publique â€“ 59000 Lille
Open Monday from 2 pm to 6 pm and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Full rate: 6,50 â‚¬ - reduced rate: 4â‚¬
The museum of lâ€™Hospice Comtesse occupies an old medieval hospital in the old city. It will allow you to discover the different aspects of city life in Lille from the XIII to the XVIII Century.
32 rue de la Monnaie - 59000 Lille
Open Monday from 2pm to 6pm and Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 12:30 am and from 2 pm to 6pm.
Individual rate: 3,50â‚¬ / 2,50 â‚¬ - free for children under 12 and every first Sunday of the month. (permanent collections)
Vauban himself called this citadel the Â« queen of citadels Â». This fortress is an example of Vaubanâ€™s genius. Itâ€™s a perfect spot to jog, to make a bike trip in the woods, to take a simple stroll along the DeĂ»le. You will come across ducks, herons, and with luck bisons (yes I have seen some!!). And if you want to see more animals, you can visit the free zoological garden situated in the heart of the citadel park (closed from beginning of December to beginning of February).
It is a crosser for artistic and cultural exchange situated in an old spinning mill. Shows, concerts, workshops, training and much more exhibitions.
Maison Folie Wazemmes, 70 rue des Sarrazins.
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In Wazemmes, in the shop "A les chopes", an enthusiastic couple will help you choose the perfect present from the biggest collection of beer.
The waffles of the Wazemmes market on Sunday morning: stuffing with rum, vanilla or chicory, prepared in front of you, to eat lukewarm on the spot or cold later if you still have some leftâ€¦
Get lost walking through the streets of the old city. Don't forget to eat the waffles from chez Meert.
Stroll along the DeĂ»le until you reach the Citadelle and visit the free zoo. On the way, pass in front of the university Â« La Catho Â» and admire its neo-gothic architecture.
Then rest with a mini cruise on the DeĂ»le (departure from the Citadelle).
Do some shopping at the Wazemmes market and enter "Au Merveilleux de Fred" to buy some delicious meringue and Chantilly cakes. See also our Favorites rubric.
On the other side of the street, we love its authentic sicilian cuisine, the ambience, Enzo the charismatic owner, and the charming waitresses.Web site: www.la-trinacria.fr
"THE" italian restaurant of Lille, 200 m from the house. A nice room, quality cooking and service, all you need to have a good time.Web site: www.latramontana.fr
Try the tasty and original french cuisine of Christophe PIROTAIS, famous Top CHEF 2015, simple but convivial style restaurant, only 5 minutes walk from home. Booking strongly recommended.Web site: www.solange-restaurant.fr
Excellent local cuisine and guarantied good wines in this charming tavern nested in a yard in the Vieux-LilleWeb site: www.lescompagnonsdelagrappe.mobi
For the fans of wild fish, an excellent address and an owner with passion.Web site: www.quai38-lille.fr
Fancy gastronomic restaurant for a romantic rendezvous or a business dinner.Web site: www.lelionbossu.fr
Another very good address for regional specialties and traditional cuisine.Web site: www.lecompostelle.fr
Three taverns to discover cuisine and local beers without the risk of being disappointed.Web site: www.lepetitbarbue.fr
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