Close to the border of Belgium, Lille is a stunning, multicultural city and will host some of the most exciting football games this summer.
capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France, Lille is
celebrated for its diverse culture and beautiful city centre. When you’re
travelling for the football this summer, see the most of this thriving city by
using our guide to the best things to see and do in Lille.Lille’s Palais des Beaux Arts – Image by Flickr user Alex Toulemonde
30,000 capacity Place Francois Mitterrand, near to Lille’s city centre, will
host the official 2016 Fanzone for this summer’s football tournament. Huge live
screens will display matches happening in Lille and elsewhere, while live
entertainment will be regularly held throughout the football tournament. It’s
going to be a great place for football fans to get involved, so if you’re in
Lille, check the Fanzone out.
Palais des Beaux Arts
to 20th century art is on display at the incredible Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille’s iconic Fine
Art museum. From top to bottom, you’ll find delicate porcelain and ceramics,
archaeology, medieval antiquities, plus works by the big names in art such as
Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin and Peter Paul Rubens. Try taking one of the
45-minute tours, which explore specific themes, such as love and the colour
blue, throughout the museum collection.
Bois de Boulogne
Bois de Boulogne is an impressively large public park that can be found across
the canal from the smaller, equally pretty Jardin Vauban. Bois de Boulogne is
Lille’s largest park, boasting an amusement park, zoo and children’s
playground. It’s ideal if you’re travelling with the whole family as there’s
plenty to see and do, especially in the summer sun. The main attraction of the
park is the Citadel – a huge 17th century star-shaped fortress,
which is a beautiful place to unwind after a particularly lively football
Marché de Wazemmes
in the trendy Wazemmes neighbourhood, the Marché de Wazemmes is a popular food
market with heaps of character. You’ll find everything here from delicious French
cheeses, meats, fish and fruit, to ready-to-eat delicacies such as fresh breads
and pastries. On a Sunday morning, this part of town is thriving and is a great
place to check out Lille’s diverse community.
Estaminet 'T Rijsel
traditional restaurant serving Flemish cuisine, Estaminet 'T Rijsel has a wonderful array of beers on tap,
which you can enjoy with rich dishes such as Flemish Stew (with beef, cooked in
beer, brown sugar and gingerbread), or ham and endives with béchamel sauce and
Maroilles cheese. For a casual meal, try the sharing plates. Featuring
rillettes, sausage, pate and cheese, they’re the perfect accompaniment to any
Maroilles is a cheese popular in northern France and you’ll find it on many restaurant menus in Lille. – Image by Flickr user Frédérique Voisin-Demery
La Capsule is a cool, dimly lit bar in the
heart of town and has around eight beers on tap at any one time for you to try.
With even more rare beers from around the world available by the bottle, it’s a
popular spot for beer connoisseurs. La Capsule is a great place to spend an
evening with friends, so if you’re travelling as a group to see the football
this summer, make sure it’s on your to-do list.
Australian-themed bar in the heart of Lille, Café Oz is part of a small chain which
offers Australian-imported beers, entertainment and hearty bar food.
Aboriginal-style artworks line the walls inside, which provide a vibrant
backdrop for live DJ sets and bands. The bar also shows key televised sporting
events, so it’s a good option if you’re looking for a change of scene from the
Fanzone when watching the football in Lille.
traditionally decorated hotel with stunning bedroom views overlooking the
nearby square, the Hotel Carlton
is well located in the centre of town. With such a prime location, all the
shops, restaurants and sights you want to visit are within walking distance,
making this hotel ideal if you’re looking to pack a lot into your stay when in
Lille. Rooms are cosy, comfortable and breakfast is available before you head
out for the day.
more independence on your trip to Lille, try staying at the self-catered
apartment units of Princesse Apart'hôtel
in Lille’s historic district. With 24-hour access, the apartments, they’re a
great choice for those planning long days and longer nights. They have all the mod
cons you need for a comfortable stay, such as Wi-Fi, a flat-screen television
and a fully equipped kitchenette, so you could even enjoy the football at home!
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For fun things to see and do during your drive from Calais to Lille, find out more here