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Elected as 2004's European Capital of Culture, Lille is a super dynamic, ever-hipper city that has something for everyone, from art freaks to coffee geeks. We have beer, we have fries, we have architecture, and did I mention the beer? Franchement, we have it all in our little northern corner of France...bienvenue chez les Ch'tis!
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10 Rue des Vieux Murs, 59800 Lille, France
I don't believe I have words big enough to capture my huge love for Tamper, but bear with me as I try to express it anyway: The owners. Every great establishment has a great team behind it, and Germain and Marie-Sophie have nailed it. Warm,...
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Boulevard Vauban, 59000 Lille, France
Jardin Vauban is the hangout of hangouts when the sun is shining, and definitely my favorite place to kick it in the city. Come here on a Saturday afternoon to experience the park in all its glory; people from all corners of the city come by with...
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Place de la République, 59000 Lille, France
If you find yourself in Lille on the first Sunday of the month, you’re in luck – like many other cities in France, Lille participates in Free Museum Day! Yes, you heard right: every museum in the city is free for the whole day. Once every month....
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38 Rue Léon Gambetta, 59000 Lille, France
There is nothing in Lille quite so wonderful and terrifying as the Sunday market at Wazemmes. If you're brave enough to push your way through thousands of people while cries of "BANANES, 2 EUROS!!" assault you from every side, Lille's largest...
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25 Rue des trois Mollettes, 59800 Lille, France
Whenever my friends and I want to go for a drink after a long day…or a short day…or any kind of day, really…there’s no question of what our rendez-vous point will be. La Capsule is a beer fiend’s dream hidden away on one of Vieux Lille’s back...
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53 Rue du Molinel, 59000 Lille, France
If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself in the middle of your travels wishing you had just one more book to read. Problem is, you’re in a foreign city. If that foreign city happens to be Lille, Librairie Internationale V.O. has got you...
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On the weekend of my arrival in Lille, I serendipitously bumped into Caféine Coffee – serendipitous because I subsequently had my first truly good cappuccino, and because without much effort I’d found a café that is open on Sundays (unfortunately...
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1 Rue Saint-Etienne, 59800 Lille, France
A place in which it’s much easier to find beer and fries than wine and crêpes, Lille is not your typical French city. I’ve eaten my body weight in fries and couldn’t be happier, but sometimes you really just want a crêpe stuffed to the seams with...
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109 Rue Saint-André, 59000 Lille, France
I like hostels. Just kidding. I love hostels. And Gastama may be my favorite of them all. My home for two weeks upon my (pretty disorganized) arrival in Lille, Gastama is the place to be if you’re looking for reasonable price, awesome...
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Taking place once a year on the first weekend of September, La Braderie is the biggest flea market in Europe, and it is AMAZING. With all there is to do and see (not to mention the hoards of people that come into Lille for it), it's easy to get...
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2 Avenue du Peuple Belge, 59000 Lille, France
Find yourself in Lille on a Tuesday night and really want to immerse yourself in the locals and the French language? Sign up for an evening at Franglish! Taking place at the Queen’s Head Pub, Franglish is one of my favorite events to attend when I...
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1 Rue Saint-Etienne, 59800 Lille, France
If I could give a Lille visitor only one suggestion for a dinner spot, it would be, without a hint of doubt, Le Barbue d’Anvers. Located in the middle of the charming, tiny yet restaurant-packed rue St. Etienne, this restaurant is THE spot for...
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Place Charles de Gaulle, 59000 Lille, France
The Vielle Bourse building, seated right in the bustling Grand Place, conceals one of my favorite parts of this city. In the courtyard you’ll find a quiet market of books, posters, and antique trinkets that is easy to browse for hours on end. I...
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Avenue du 43e régiment d'infanterie, 59800 Lille, France
If you’re looking to get up and go, head toward the Deûle. Sitting on Lille’s western side, this river and the pathway you can take along it gives you a little taste of everything. Not only does the path take you past Lille’s zoo, where you can...
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2-4 Rue des Vieux Murs, 59000 Lille, France
Located in the picturesque Place aux Oignons, Au Vieux de la Vieille is the first place I started falling in love with Lille. At the end of my first day exploring the city by foot, I stopped in to kick back and enjoy a beer. I couldn't get over...
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12 Rue Esquermoise, 59000 Lille, France
Imagine you are in a room of jams and jellies. Literally jams from wall to wall. Any combination of flavors you can think of. Unlimited taste tests. Sound like heaven? Get yourself to the Chambre aux Confitures on rue Esquermoise. This is one of...
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23 Rue de l'Espérance, 59100 Roubaix, France
Though La Piscine is not as famous or grand as Lille’s Palais des Beaux Arts, it’s my preferred of the two, by a long shot. Located about 20 minutes from Lille by metro, this unusual museum features art that is diverse in period, style, and medium...