About Lille

This charming medieval city is proud of its wonderful architecture, cobbled streets and thriving Old Quarter, elegantly restored. It has a buzzing arts scene and is building a reputation for excellent shopping.

Food and drink

The regional dishes of Northern France combine the influences from both French and Belgian cuisine. The area is justifiably proud of its numerous brasseries serving regional specialities. Dishes to sample include carbinnade de boeuf and waterzooi, a Flemish stew made with chicken or fish in a creamy sauce. You'll also find mountains of mussels with enormous mounds of frites.

Desserts include tarte au sucre, brioche-like cramiques and almond macaroons. The drink of choice is beer and it's often used in cooking - you might even find beer soup on the menu!

Shopping

There is plenty in Lille for the discerning shopper. On the rue de la Grande Chaussee, you'll find French designer names such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Lacoste. For something more unique, try the tiny boutiques in the old Flemish houses of the old town; you might find antiques, jewellery or fashion. At Euralille Mall, near the Eurostar terminal, there are more than 100 high-street brands to browse through.

Lille Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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24th September 2020 by Emma

Announcing the winner of our Eurostar holiday competition

On Thursday 24rd September we drew the winner of our summer Eurostar holiday competition. From the thousands of valid entries received, twenty were chosen at random and placed in a "hat" (our trusty Cabeau travel pillow bag). Watch the video of Stuart drawing the winner in the Facebook video above.A big congratulations to Sophie-Mai Wilde! Her prize is valid for 12 months, so I'm sure she'll make good use of it once the current travel restrictions are lifted. And thank you to all who entered;...

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6th July 2020 by ScribbleStu

A Lille trip by Eurostar

Located in France’s northern Hauts-de-France region, close to the Belgian border, Lille is a surprisingly short journey from the UK. It’s a great destination for a quick and hassle-free mini-break, or as a way of getting those travel juices flowing again after lockdown. Getting there. There are indirect flights with various airlines but it’s much better news if you live close enough to a Eurostar station: at just an hour and 26 minutes from London, the journey to Lille is direct and...

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8th February 2021 by Stuart

Booking a Christmas market trip

It's Chriiiiiiiiiiistmmaaaaaaaaasss!! Well, no actually, it isn't. But if you could see my inbox - full up with countless snowy and festive wintery travel deals - you'd definitely think it was close. September is clearly the month for change: hazy sunshiney memories begin to take a backseat, superseded by thoughts of wintery getaways.With all this in mind, and added to the fact it's often more advantageous to beat the rush and book your Chrimbo break early, we're celebrating with a whole...

Weather in Lille

Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Lille

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