Looking for a getaway for a weekend near Paris? Look no further, direction Lille! Strange as it may seem, I had never had the opportunity to visit this city which is only two hours from the capital. Error now fixed during a girls’ weekend in Lille.
What to do during a weekend in Lille? Here are my essential visits!
What to do during a weekend in Lille?
Discover the Grand’Place
Do not look for the sign for the Grand’Place, you will only find the Place Charles de Gaulles, the great man being born in Lille! In the heart of Lille, this square bordered by buildings with remarkable architecture is very pleasant. We can easily imagine this place a few centuries back, the nerve center of the town’s commerce. Today there are still some old buildings, like that of the Old Stock Exchange, dating from the 17th century.
I loved the Vieille Bourse, one of my favorites in Lille. You enter a quiet and hushed courtyard, although it overlooks the bustling Grand’Place. Inside, the beautifully ornate facades give a glimpse of the economic importance of this building at the time. Today, it’s a quiet den of secondhand booksellers.
Getting lost in old Lille
A stroll through the old town is a must for any weekend in Lille. Paved floor, variegated facades skillfully worked, charming shops and restaurants … it is a real pleasure to get lost in these narrow alleys.
Stroll through the Citadel Park and the funfair
If the weather permits, push the ride until Parc de la Citadelle, Lille’s largest green space with its 60 hectares housing a Citadel, ramparts, a wooded park, the Deûle canal and even a tree climbing course or the Lille zoo. An exotic and pleasant place, it feels like surrounded by nature while we are very close to the city.
During the summer, the Fairgrounds takes possession of the Champs de Mars, on the edge of the Citadel park. A good old funfair as we like it with cotton candy, loud music and thrilling rides. Will you be brave enough to try one of them?
Eat at Wazemmes market
On Sunday morning, do like many people from Lille and go for a stroll at the Wazemmes market! A covered market in halls, but which extends beyond and where you can find everything: food, fresh flowers, freshly squeezed fruit juices, caterers … you will certainly find what you are looking for!
Visit an exhibition at Saint Sauveur Station
Saint Sauveur station is a former freight station from the 19th century, abandoned in 2003, then brought up to date in 2009 to accommodate a restaurant, a cinema and an exhibition space for cultural events. During our visit, the current exhibition “Ola Cuba” welcomed various Cuban artists.
Click here to find out about upcoming events at Gare Saint Sauveur.
There are obviously many other points of interest in Lille, but we did not have time to discover them all. For those who love shopping, don’t ignore EuraLille, a 66,500 square meter shopping center where you will certainly find your happiness. For more players, go to the Casino Barrière. The casino sometimes organizes international events, such as the PokerStars Festival Lille in July.
Where to sleep for a weekend in Lille?
Lille offers many accommodation solutions, from the most economical to the most luxurious. We chose an Airbnb ideally located near the city center. Thus, we made all of our trips on foot and did not have to take the metro. Discover our Airbnb here.
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Where to eat during a weekend in Lille?
One thing is certain, you will not starve to death in Lille! The specialties of the North are particularly consistent. We can only mention the famous Welsh, a clever mixture of bread soaked in beer, covered with ham and cheddar cream, all baked and accompanied by fries! During our weekend in Lille we ate in different restaurants:
Hinterland : A good address in Old Lille which welcomes you in a neat industrial setting, and which offers tasty sandwiches and local beers. Good and suitable for all budgets!
Menus between 10 and 13 €
47 rue Basse 59000 Lille
The companions of the cluster : Our favorite of the stay. Right in the old Lille, hidden in a dead end which reveals a small intimate place, the companions of the cluster offers an idyllic setting to eat or have a drink. If the terrace does not find favor with your eyes, the worked and very original decoration of the interior will certainly convince you. Finally, we can only validate the typical Lille menu and the impeccable and friendly service!
Dishes between 15 and 18 €
26 rue Lepelletier, Lille, 59000, France
Taco Memo : Well, this address is not really local, but it is definitely worth a visit. On the way back from the Wazemme market, you have to be careful not to miss Taco Memo, a small Mexican restaurant that serves homemade burritos, tacos and guacamole. It is tested and approved by my Mexican friend, so you can go there with your eyes closed, and especially on an empty stomach, because the portions are generous!
Menu between 10 and 15 €
209 Rue Léon Gambetta, 59000 Lille
And of course, you cannot visit Lille without succumbing to its famous waffles! You’ll find them everywhere in town, so let yourself be tempted!
I really enjoyed Lille, even though my visit only lasted for a weekend. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll be back for the big clearance sale? Have you ever attended this event?
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