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Top Choice Patisserie 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 an…
Pub in Lille

Café Oz – The Australian Bar

Footy and rugby on a wide screen, Australiana on the walls and cold bottles of Cooper's Pale Ale – what more could you ask for? Hugely popular with English speakers, including students, this place is packed when DJs…
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…
Club in Lille

Le Network

Central Lille's hottest discotheque has two dance floors, three bars, plenty of flashing lights and space for 700 revellers. On most nights the music is three-quarters house and electronic and a quarter R&B. The…
Gay in Lille

Vice & Versa

Rainbow blazes are displayed proudly at this well-heeled, sophisticated bar, which is as gay as it is popular (and it's very popular). Decor includes brick walls, a camp mirror ball and lots of red and green laser d…
Fortress in Lille


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 bri…
Art Museum in Lille

La Piscine Musée d'Art et d'Industrie

If Paris can turn an outmoded train station into a world-class museum (the Musée d'Orsay), why not transform an art-deco municipal swimming pool (built 1927–32) – an architectural masterpiece inspired by a combinati…
Museum in Lille

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 French leader in the context of his times, with an emphasis on his connection to …
Art Museum in Lille

Musée d'Art Moderne, d'Art Contemporain et d'Art Brut – LaM

Colourful, playful and just plain weird works of modern and contemporary art by masters such as Braque, Calder, Léger, Miró, Modigliani and Picasso are the big draw at this renowned museum and sculpture park in the …
Cheese in Lille

Fromagerie Philippe Olivier

An excellent source of perfectly aged cheeses.