One of France's best-kept secrets is the capital city of the North.
People who come across it cannot help but be charmed by this warm and fascinating city of contrasts.
Lille has many top-notch museums, fantastic art galleries, and unique exhibitions. For the local Lilleoise, art is not exclusive to a chosen few but a part of daily life. As an added advantage, you can easily access a variety of other cultural gems, such as the magnificent Louvre Lens or the Piscine de Roubaix, in just a short train or vehicle ride.
Recalling history can be enjoyable. It's like walking through a kaleidoscope of architectural styles while in Lille. There is a point of interest around every corner, whether it be the Flemish homes, the façades surrounding the Grande Place, the remains of Spanish domination, Haussman-style architecture, Art Nouveau, or Art Déco.
The city is like an outdoor museum. You can mix it up by going to the Citadelle, a huge military fortification built by King Louis XIV, and then stopping for an aperitif on your way to the Old Stock Exchange to experience Renaissance times.
With its markets, fairs, and very upscale variety of designer brands and posh boutiques—not to mention the factory outlets in Roubaix where you can score amazing deals—the city has maintained its historical role as a commercial hub.
Nothing makes the Lillois happier than a wild street party; they even host a soup festival. Any justification will do!
Every year, the city transforms into a massive flea market for the Braderie de Lille, and every week, there are food stalls in the local markets filled with mouthwatering fruit, cheeses, and gourmet treats.
Moreover, whether you stay in a five-star hotel or a bed and breakfast makes no difference. The warm Ch'ti welcome they are renowned for is a distinctive ingredient in Lille residents' enjoyment of sharing their typically French 'art de Vivre.'