Sightseeing in Lille

The most beautiful aspect of this Flemish town is the charming Vieux Lille – the old town. A mix of narrow streets and cobbled squares, trendy bars, cafés and restaurants make it a wonderfully agreeable place to saunter through.

Starting at the Grand’Place to view the 1652 Flemish styled Vieille Bourse (the old exchange) in the heart of the city, followed by a stroll to the next square to see the Opera House and the Cathedral then along rue de la Monnaie to see Hospice Comtess. Finish by heading south to the famed Musée des Beaux-Arts, an art gallery second only to the Louvre in Paris.

If time allows, visiting the Citadel is a real treat. This fortification is an entire town all of its own.

When it rains though, the modernistic Euralille shopping complex just next to the Eurostar train station offers refuge and some interesting shopping opportunities.