Characterised by Flemish inspiration and French expertise, three landmark dishes of the region are served in Flemish ‘estaminets’ and other restaurants throughout the city. They are carbonnade flamande (beef in beer), fish or chicken waterzoi (in a cream sauce with baby vegetables), and potjevleesh (white meat terrines in jelly), all washed down with one of the numerous local beers. You can’t possible leave the city without having a filled waffle or a ‘Merveilleux’ (meringue) both of which need no introduction !
Discover the Nord département and its ‘absolute musts’ with Gites de France Nord : Lewarde Mining History Centre, Cassel, Roubaix and the Villa Cavrois, the seaside resort of Malo Les Bains."
Braderie de Lille, the biggest flea market in Europe, held every year during the first weekend of September.
Art Up, a Contemporary Art Fair, held every February.
Christmas Market from the end of November onwards
Lille 3000, formerly Lille 2004 : cultural events every 3 years.
A little further afield…
Roubaix for its factory shops and museums (La Piscine, la Manufacture)
Croix and the Villa Cavrois, villa built by the architect Mallet Stevens, a listed building.
Villeneuve d’Ascq and its LAM museum of contemporary art, lakes, Pierre Mauroy Stadium…
How to get to Lille
Ideally situated at the heart of Europe, Lille has a dense, varied transport network.
Lille has 2 railway stations 400m apart in the city centre :
Lille Flandres : TER and TGV direct trains to Paris
Lille Europe : Eurostar to London and Brussels, TGV direct to Roissy (CDG airport), Marne la
Vallée (Disneyland Paris), Lyon, Rennes, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Strasbourg, etc.
Lille-Lesquin international airport is 10km from the centre of Lille. Shuttle bus service to the city centre.
Lille is at the intersection of 6 autoroutes :
• A1 : Paris (220km)
• A22 / E17 : Ghent (75km) then Antwerp (125km) and Amsterdam (290km)
• A23 : Valenciennes (53km)
• A25 : Dunkerque (80km) then A26 : Calais (110km)
• A27 / E42 : Brussels (110km)"