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The title of European Capital of Culture awarded to Lille over a decade ago was not the height of its ability, but rather a humble beginning, for in the years to follow Lille has grown to become a cultural hub second to none in northern France – and, some would argue, even beyond. There is a strong Flemish flavour in Lille, which manifests itself literally, through Lillois cuisine, and figuratively, through the ornate buildings of the charming old town (Vieux Lille).
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Old Town

Start your stay in Lille by exploring the old part of town and wandering along Vieux-Lille's cobbled streets. Apart from fine examples of old Flemish architecture, the area contains a plethora of small boutiques and cosy cafes. Do not miss the charming little Place aux Oignons.
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Palais des Beaux Arts

Second only to Parisian Louvre in the calibre of its collection, Lille's Fine Arts Museum (Palais des Beaux Arts) contains works by assorted great masters, the likes of Rubens and Manet. The basement level holds archaeological finds and miniature representations of the region's 18th-century fortified settlements.
Adresse: 18bis Rue de Valmy, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 06 78 00
Åpningstider: 14:00-16:00 (Monday) 10:00-18:00 (Wednesday to Sunday)
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La Piscine Museum

The building of what once was an Art Deco swimming pool has now been turned into a fine/applied arts museum (La Piscine Musée d'Art et d'Industrie), classical sculptures and busts lining the filled-up pool in a bizarre yet curious presentation.
Adresse: 23 Rue de l'Espérance, Roubaix
Telefon: +33 3 20 69 23 60
Transport: Gare Jean Lebas / Grand Place (underground)
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Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art

The Lille suburb of Villeneuve-d'Ascq is worth the trip if only for its singular Modern Art Museum (Musée d'Art Moderne, d'Art Contemporain et d'Art Brut – LaM), which showcases works by celebrated modernists (such as Picasso and Modigliani, to name a couple), along with a noteworthy collection of outsider art.
Adresse: 1 Allée du Musée, Villeneuve-d'Ascq
Telefon: +33 3 20 19 68 68
Åpningstider: 10:00-18:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
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Citadel of Lille

First built in the 17th century following the seizing of Lille by French forces, the Citadel is an impressive star-shaped fortress which now houses the French Rapid Reaction Corps. Guided tours of the Citadel are held monthly. The park area surrounding the fortress contains pleasant greenery and the Lille Zoo.
Adresse: Avenue du 43e Régiment d'Infanterie, Lille
Telefon: +33 4 43 05 12 90
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The Old Stock Exchange

The building of La Vieille Bourse, as it is known locally, consists of a couple dozen separate buildings and a beautiful courtyard containing a book flea market. It is a fine example of 17th century ornamental Flemish Renaissance.
Adresse: Place Charles de Gaulle, Lille
Telefon: +33 891 56 20 04
Åpningstider: 13:00-17:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
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Lille Cathedral

Finally completed only at the turn of the current century, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille bears striking dissimilarity to Gothic and Romanesque cathedrals across Europe - perhaps, due to its pronouncedly modern facade. The inside contains a crypt and sacred art museum.
Adresse: Place Gilleson, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 31 59 12
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Lille Zoo

Located only a short walk outside the old town, the Lille Zoo is a pleasant afternoon pastime for the whole family. Ticket prices are times lower than those at an average west European zoo, all animals are well looked after, and an impressive collection of species for a zoo of such compact size is represented.
Adresse: Avenue Mathias Delobel, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 28 52 07 00
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Lille Belfry

The belfry of Lille's Hôtel de Ville shoots up a hundred metres into the sky, and is accessible via both stairs and an elevator (the latter means of reaching the top is recommended). From up top, a splendid view unfolds over the entire city, including a few local landmarks (although admittedly little of the old town).
Adresse: Place Roger Salengro, Lille
Telefon: +33 891 56 20 04
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Hospice Comtesse Museum

The Hospice Comtesse Museum, or Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse, is a century-old once-hospital now open to visitors. The complex consists of a former hospital hall and an adjacent chapel. The English audio guide is informative and essential for those who do not speak French.
Adresse: 32 Rue de la Monnaie, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 28 36 84 00
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Le Bistrot Lillois

For honest, authentic Lillois fare, try this unpretentious eatery that serves a combination of French and Flemish dishes. Be warned: the offerings of northern French cuisine are generally rather straightforward, built on the foundation of meat and potatoes, with the occasional curiosity in the form of – in this case – bone marrow.
Adresse: 40 Rue de Gand, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 14 04 15
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Estaminet Au Vieux de la Vieille

During the summer months, this atmospheric little eatery spills out onto the charming Place aux Oignons, where patrons tuck into hearty Flemish specialities. Cheese-lovers won't find themselves at a loss, and meals are welcome to be followed by a sweet crêpe or another local dessert.
Adresse: 2-4 Rue des Vieux Murs, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 13 81 64
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Comptoir 44

The Parisian-style brasserie serves a regularly updated menu of French dishes, with a special emphasis laid on showcasing fresh, seasonal ingredients. Le Comptoir 44 serves simple, hearty dishes, along with sophisticated specials like foie gras and crêpe suzette.
Adresse: 44 Rue de Gand, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 21 03 63
Åpningstider: 12:00-14:00 19:00-22:30 (Monday to Friday) 12:00-14:30 19:00-22:30 (Saturday, Sunday)
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La Petite Table

The cosy old town restaurant offers a fusion menu of Flemish and international dishes, one of the most popular orders being the humble "Welsh" - essentially, toast smothered in cheese, with a few filling extras. Frequented by both locals and guests looking to experience northern French dining.
Adresse: 59 Rue de la Monnaie, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 55 60 47
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La Petite Cour

The pleasant, centrally located restaurant entices with good value menus featuring Belgian and Flemish specialities. When weather permits, make use of the restaurant's intimate outdoor courtyard seating.
Adresse: 17 Rue du Cure Saint-Etienne, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 51 52 81
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La Chicorée

This atmospheric brasserie often stays open till the wee morning hours, entertaining guests with live music shows and fine food. It is a rather popular local dining spot, not least because of its great value French and Flemish cuisine. A "Chicorée" menu will set you back just over a dozen euros (includes starter or dessert, plus main).
Adresse: 15 Place Rihour, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 54 81 52
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Pancook

Popularity of this corner restaurant is on the rise, and no wonder: dishes severed are all great value home-style cooking at its best. The star of the menu are the "pancooks" themselves - hollowed-out bread bowls stuffed with a mix of ingredients, sealed off with a generous helping of cheese.
Adresse: 125 Rue Colbert, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 40 10 97
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Quai 38

Quai 38 is all hype among local seafood-lovers, for it is fresh seafood that the restaurant has its focus on. From scallops to lobster, to perfectly seared fish, there simply is no room to go wrong on the extensive and carefully thought out menu. Ring the day of booking to confirm the restaurant will be open.
Adresse: 38 Rue Saint-Sébastien, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 42 10 68
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Pâtisserie Méert

Méert's gourmand history begins in the 18th century, when chocolate maker Delcourt opened his first boutique in Lille and started a real pastry revolution in the city. Nowadays, this tea salon is very popular for their exquisite cakes and pastries, along with, of course, the famous vanilla waffles--considered the best in Lille.
Adresse: 25-27 Rue Esquermoise, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 57 07 44
Åpningstider: Tue–Sat 10am–7pm, Sun 9am–5:30pm
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La Crêperie de Lille

Lille's finest crêperie boasts an extensive selections of sweet and savoury crepes as well as galettes (the latter are made with buckwheat flour). The chefs make sense of the most bizarre flavour combinations and easily turn even the most sceptical of diners into converts.
Adresse: 64 Rue de Gand, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 12 77 76
Åpningstider: Mon–Wed 11:30am–2pm, Thu–Sat 11:30am–2pm, 5:30–9pm
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Cafés Méo

Despite its central location smack in the Grande Place of Lille, this café manages to keep its prices reasonable and its slew of customers content. Grab a coffee and head to the second floor, and if you're lucky, you might be able to secure a spot by the window, overlooking the very heart of the city.
Adresse: 5 Place Charles de Gaulle, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 57 34 54
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 9am–7pm
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Coffee Makers

This little gem of a cafe is a favourite for breakfast, casual lunch, or even just a cup of coffee (soy and oat milk available on request). One of the cafe's best attributes is the jovial, welcoming attitude of the staff (that apart from the delicious toasted sandwiches).
Adresse: 151 Rue de Paris, Lille
Telefon: +33 9 73 55 93 60
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, Sat 2–5pm
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Crêperie Beaurepaire

It would be an abomination to leave northern France without sufficiently indulging in the region's speciality - galettes and crepes - and Beaurepaire lets you do just that, all at very reasonable prices. The menu variety astounds - from classics containing just egg and ham to much more elaborate concoctions (look out for the day's specials on the chalk board above the kitchen counter). The chef graciously agreed to take us in despite the scheduled afternoon break (2-7pm).
Adresse: 1 Rue Saint-Etienne, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 54 60 54
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Notting Hill Coffee

With multiple locations across the city, Notting Hill Coffee is an easy-to-find spot for a snack or a full meal accompanied by very decent coffee. In the food department, there are soups, salads, pasta, bagels, wraps, and all sorts of sandwiches; for dessert, pick from muffins, cookies, brownies, cakes and more.
Adresse: 11 Rue de Béthune, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 49 77 41
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 8am–7pm, Sat 8am–6pm
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Jaja

Jaja does what one would expect a French wine bar to do, which is commendably showcase wines from the country that knows how to make them best. There are many labels to choose from, and delicious meat and cheese platters to order on the side.
Adresse: 36 Rue Saint-André, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 51 83 73
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Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde

This quirky bar is a find for any sci-fi, comic book, or even just pop culture enthusiasts. With regular thematic exhibitions and events, it attracts patrons with not only drinks but the thematic component, too, making for an entertaining pastime in the well-stocked game room.
Adresse: 12 Rue de Pas, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 61 50 43 20
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Bar L'Illustration

This atmospheric bar in Lille's old town has, over the years, become a meeting place for the cultured elites, who rub shoulders with those outsiders who are lucky enough to stumble upon or learn of the place. The bar hosts live singers and serves a pleasant selection of drinks.
Adresse: 18 Rue Royale, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 12 00 90
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Le Network

Following the closing of Lille's popular Magazine Club, Le Network now remains Lille's best of the kind for a night out on the dance floor. Le Network's indoor space is fit to host up to a few hundred party-goers, all dressed to the nines and ready to light up the night to house and electronic beats.
Adresse: 15 Rue du Faisan, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 40 04 91
Åpningstider: Tue–Wed 10:30pm–7am, Thu 9:30pm–7am, Fri–Sat 10:30pm–7am, Sun 7pm–7am
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La Pirogue

Patrons do not mind being a little cramming into the compact space of this atmospheric bar with a very eclectic client base. In the drinks department, everything here revolves around rum and rum-based drinks, so expect to leave being on a friendly footing with the drink.
Adresse: 16 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 31 70 82
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Bartown

Bartown serves – rumour has it – some of the best cocktails in the city, with generous servings of fruit mounted on top of some of their concoctions. The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed, forged by the establishment's jovial regulars. Meat and cheese platters complement the drinks.
Adresse: 10 Rue Saint-Sébastien, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 21 16 97
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Wazemmes Market

The working-class, eclectic neighbourhood of Wazemmes contains Lille's most praised food market, the Marché de Wazemmes. On Sundays, trade spills out onto the adjacent outdoor area, making for an animated commercial affair. Nearby streets contain shops that minister to residents of North African origin.
Adresse: Place Nouvelle Aventure, Lille
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Furet du Nord Bookshop

Spread over an entire 8 floors, the stunning Furet du Nord is a bookstore that lays substantial claim to being the best in all of northern France. Genres represented vary greatly, from classics to manga comics, and a pleasant selection of English-language literature, along with local souvenirs, is also on offer.
Adresse: 15 Place Charles de Gaulle, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 78 43 43
Åpningstider: 9:30-19:30 (Monday to Saturday)
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Philippe Olivier Fromagerie

The cheese boutique of a century-old family business is an absolute must: the family has long-dedicated itself to preserving rare varieties of cheeses and propelling the cheese-making tradition further. The boutique stocks cheeses sourced from small local producers.
Adresse: 3 Rue Cure St Etienne, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 74 96 99
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Sebastopol Market

The market in Lille's Place Sébastopol takes place twice a week, gathering farmers from the region, who come to showcase and sell the finest produce, charcuterie, cheeses, and other locally-grown products.
Adresse: Place Sébastopol, Lille
Åpningstider: 7:00-14:00 (Wednesday, Saturday)
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Braderie de Lille

The annual Braderie held in Lille the first weekend of September is a city-wide flea market, the largest one of its kind in Europe. For two days, the entire city transforms into an open-air marketplace featuring events and celebrations, as roughly two million shoppers make their way into town.
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Maisons de Mode

Maisons de Mode is a collection of small designer boutiques selling unique, one-of-a-kind creations, primarily clothing and accessories. There are two locations of the "maisons" in Lille, another one being in Roubaix (Jardin de Mode, 58-60 Rue du Faubourg des Postes).
Adresse: 31-62 Rue du Faubourg des Poste, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 99 91 20
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L'Abbaye des Saveurs

This compact old town store is truly a dream-come-true for all beer-lovers: the selection of artisan brews and beers from all over the region impresses and invites visitors to discover flavours they would never have elsewhere. Stocks a selection of other regional products.
Adresse: 13 Rue des Vieux Murs, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 28 07 70 06
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Les Vins d'Aurelien

What makes this particular wine shop stand out from competition is the owner, Aurélien, who is a wine connoisseur and enthusiast that prides himself on being personally involved in tasting and independently selecting each wine represented at the boutique. Quality is, therefore, at the forefront. Wine tastings are held frequently; check the website for schedules.
Adresse: 5 Rue Jean Sans Peur, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 62 64 36 63
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Passport/Visa

France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
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Best Time to Visit Lille, France

The best times of year to visit Lille are late spring and summer, when warm temperatures allow for walks and outdoor pursuits. The first weekend of September is also an interesting time to visit, since this is when Lille hosts its historic "braderie", a large-scale, city-wide flea market that attracts 2 million visitors annually.
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Airport

The Lille-Lesquin Airport is located 7 kilometres away from the city centre. A shuttle bus service is offered and runs between the airport and the Euralille shopping centre (next to the main train station of Lille), and the journey lasts 20 minutes. Taxis can also be hired at the airport (check out this link to see the taxi firms that serve Lille Airport and some fares examples: www.lille.aeroport.fr/getting-to-the-airport/taxis). Lille can also be reached by train or bus from Brussels, and direct bus routes exist between the Brussels South Charleroi Airport and the city of Lille (check the flibco shuttles www.flibco.com).
Adresse: Rue de l'Aéroport, Lille
Telefon: +33 320 496 747
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Public Transport

Lille has a well-developed public transportation system, managed by Transpole, comprising metro, tram, and bus lines. Transpole has two underground lines which share the different areas of the city. The bus service include many lines which entirely cover the city of Lille. The service also include a night line (every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night) et a shuttle for the old city (with departures every 10-15 minutes, Monday to Saturday, from 7:00 to 21:00). Lastly, two tram lines serve nine districts of the city. Tickets for every mean of transport can be purchased both at the stations and online. For further information about tarifs: www.transpole.fr/fr/32-les-titres-occasionnels.
Adresse: Lille Flandres Station
Telefon: +33 3 20 40 40 40
Åpningstider: 6:30-20:00 (Monday to Friday) 9:00-20:00 (Saturday)
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Taxi

There are several taxi ranks across the city (Boulevard de Leeds at Lille Europe station or on Place de Buisses at Lille Flandres station). Multiple taxi-to-order companies operate in Lille, some of which include: TaxisLille +33 7 60 06 61 61 www.taxislille.com Taxi Flandres +33 6 05 05 05 01 www.taxi-flandres.com
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Pharmacy

Pharmacies are marked with a green cross and are relatively easy to locate. One 24-hour pharmacy is Grande Pharmacie des Halles:
Adresse: 99 Rue Solférino, Lille
Telefon: +33 3 20 54 02 74
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Post

Stamps may be purchased at post offices (most close for lunch) and tobacco shops. Post boxes are yellow in colour.
Adresse: 8 Place de la République, Lille
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Telephone

+33 (country code) 3 (city code)
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Electricity

230 V, 50 Hz

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