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What to look for when visiting LILLE?

While it’s tempting to spend all your time watching rugby matches, don’t forget to take the time to discover Lille’s rich culture and history. Here are some of the main attractions you shouldn’t miss on your visit.

Le Vieux Lille (Old Lille)

Vieux Lille is the historic heart of the city, with its cobbled streets, colorful houses and numerous shops and restaurants. Here you’ll find Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille Cathedral, an impressive edifice that blends Gothic and modern styles.

The Grande Place and the Vieille Bourse (Old Stock Exchange)

The Grande Place is one of Lille’s most popular meeting places. Surrounded by historic buildings, including the Vieille Bourse, it’s a lively, convivial place. The Vieille Bourse, with its inner courtyard transformed into a book market, is one of the city’s most beautiful buildings.

The Palace of Fine Arts

Lille’s Palais des Beaux-Arts is one of France’s largest museums, and home to a rich collection of art ranging from antiquity to modern works. Don’t miss a visit to this emblematic venue to appreciate the diversity and quality of its exhibitions.

The Citadel of Lille

Built in the 17th century by Vauban, the Citadelle de Lille is an impressive example of the military architecture of the period. Surrounded by a large park, it’s the ideal place for a green walk in the heart of the city.

Wazemmes district

Wazemmes is a popular and cosmopolitan district of Lille, known for its lively market, one of the biggest in France. It’s an ideal place to discover the diversity of local gastronomy and the warm atmosphere of the Nord region.

Charles de Gaulle's birthplace

For history buffs, a visit to Charles de Gaulle’s birthplace is a must. The museum offers an interesting insight into the life and legacy of the famous French general.


For shopping enthusiasts, EuraLille is the place to be. It’s one of the largest shopping centers in the region, with a wide variety of stores, restaurants and other services.


Don’t forget, Lille has much more to offer than is mentioned here. Take the time to explore the city for yourself and you’re sure to find many more hidden gems.

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