Palais des Beaux Arts
Lille's illustrious Fine Arts Museum displays a truly first-rate collection of 15th- to 20th-century paintings, including works by...
Porte de Paris
This triumphal arch was built in the late 1600s to celebrate Louis XIV's conquest of Lille.
Flanders Battlefields Tour
Takes you to Fromelles' museum and Australian memorials and the Belgian city of Ypres. Tours depart from the tourist office, which...
Central Lille's hottest discotheque has two dance floors, three bars, plenty of flashing lights and space for 700 revellers. On most...
Marché de Wazemmes
This beloved foodie space is 1.7km southwest of the tourist office in the working-class quarter of Wazemmes. Open-air stalls add to the...
For an authentic taste of grass-roots Lille, head to the ethnically mixed, family-friendly quartier populaire (working-class quarter) of Wazemmes, 1.7km southwest of place du Général de Gaulle, where old-school proletarians and immigrants from Africa live harmoniously alongside penurious students and trendy bobos (bourgeois bohemians).
The neighbourhood's focal point is the cavernous Marché de Wazemmes, Lille's favourite food market. The adjacent outdoor market is the place to be on Sunday morning – it's a real carnival scene! Rue des Sarrazins and rue Jules Guesde are lined with shops, restaurants and Tunisian pastry places, many owned by, and catering to, the area's North African residents.
Wazemmes is famed for its outdoor concerts and street festivals, including La Louche d'Or (The Golden Ladle; 1 May), a soup festival that has spread to cities across Europe.