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Top Choice Museum in Lille

Palais des Beaux Arts

Inaugurated in 1892, Lille's illustrious Fine Arts Museum claims France's second-largest collection after Paris' Musée du Louvre. Its cache of sublime 15th- to 20th-century paintings include works by Rubens, Van Dyc…
Top Choice Pastries in Lille

Meert

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 an…
Top Choice Gallery in Lille

La Piscine Musée d'Art et d'Industrie

An art deco municipal swimming pool built between 1927 and 1932 is now an innovative museum showcasing fine arts (paintings, sculptures, drawings) and applied arts (furniture, textiles, fashion) in a delightfully wa…
Top Choice French in Lille

L'Assiette du Marché

Entered via a grand archway, a 12th-century aristocratic mansion – a mint under Louis XIV, hence the street's name, and a listed historical monument – is the romantic setting for contemporary cuisine (tuna carpaccio…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Lille

La Capsule

Spread across three levels – a vaulted stone cellar, beamed-ceilinged ground floor and an upper level reached by a spiral staircase – Lille's best craft beer bar has 28 varieties on tap and over 100 by the bottle. M…
French in Lille

Le Clair de Lune

Creations such as duck carpaccio with gingerbread vinaigrette, beef fillet with red wine and chocolate jus, and guinea fowl with smoked bacon crème have seen Sébastien Defrance's elegant restaurant awarded the prest…
Vegan in Lille

La Clairière

In a bare-timber space with mezzanine seating, La Clairière creates colourful, 100% organic vegan cuisine made from sustainable produce (no palm oil). Most is locally sourced including herbs and flowers grown in its…
Pizza in Lille

Papà Raffaele

The queues at Papà Raffaele are as legendary as its pizzas (it doesn't take reservations), so come early or late to this post-industrial space with recycled timber tables, vintage chairs and cured meats hanging from…
Barbecue in Lille

Le Barbier qui Fume

Charred aromas waft from this former barber shop (hence the name, the Smoking Barber), which now houses a ground-floor butcher and upstairs restaurant specialising in premium meats (pork knuckle, lamb shoulder, beef…
Bar in Lille

L'Illustration Café

Adorned with art nouveau woodwork and changing exhibits by local painters, this laid-back bar attracts artists, musicians, budding intellectuals and teachers in the mood to read, exchange weighty ideas or just shoot…