Top choice pastries in Lille

Famed for its gaufres (waffles) made with Madagascar vanilla, Meert has served kings, viceroys and generals since 1761. The sumptuous chocolate shop's coffered ceiling, painted wooden panels, wrought-iron balcony and mosaic floor date from 1839. Its salon de thé (tearoom) is a delightful spot for a morning arabica or a mid-afternoon tea. Also here is a French gourmet restaurant.

Restaurant dishes might include roast pigeon with potato mousse or spinach, kale and Brussels sprouts crumble.