Citadelle Walking Tour
The only way to see the inside of the Citadelle, usually a closed military zone, is to take a one-hour tour (in French); sign up at the...
Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle
The upper-middle-class house in which Charles de Gaulle was born in 1890 is now a museum, run by the Nord département , presenting the...
Lille's star-crossed neoclassical cathedral, begun in the 1850s, took well over a century to complete. Some say that the strikingly...
Adorned with art nouveau woodwork and changing exhibits by local painters, this laid-back bar attracts artists, musicians, budding...
Au Vieux de la Vieille
Hops hang from the rafters at this estaminet (Flemish-style eatery), where specialities include carbonade flamande (braised beef...
Vauban-Esquermes quarter · interesting places nearby
At the northwestern end of bd de la Liberté, this massive, star-shaped fortress was designed by renowned 17th-century French military architect Vauban after France captured Lille in 1667. Made of some 60 million bricks, it now serves as the headquarters of the 12-nation, NATO-certified Rapid Reaction Corps – France. Outside the 2.2km-long ramparts is central Lille's largest public park – children will love the playground, amusement park and small zoo (free).