Flemish masters to Art Deco Rise early at your Lille hotel to beat the crowds to the cavernous
Fine Arts Museum, showcasing Rembrant, Van Dyck and Monet masterpieces. Trams rumble past Art Nouveau façades to the Art Deco pool-turned-gallery
La Piscine in
Roubaix, where stained-glass windows dapple light on Rodin busts and 19th-century Flemish oil paintings. Founded as a hospital in the 13th century, the redbrick
Hospice Comtesse Museum shelters a fine collection of Lille faïence pottery and tapestries. Dress up for opera or ballet in the
Opera House's elegant red-and-gold auditorium.
Mussels and microbreweries Linger over vanilla cream-filled waffles in
palatial 19th-century tea room.
Old Lille's twisting alleyways are packed with cosy
estaminet pubs. Tuck into hearty Flemish dishes like creamy
waterzoï stew and moules-frites (mussels and chips). Shaded by step-gabled façades, the pavement cafés on the
Grand' Place are great for people-watching over a coffee. Seafood lovers can splash out on oysters and champagne in opulent Michelin-starred
Microbreweries serve pizza-like
flammekeuche with homebrews in the area around the station. Take home pungent
Vieux-Lille cheese and mini waffles from your Lille city break.
Diverse shopping Peruse antiques and bric-a-brac stalls to the sound of accordions at Sunday's sprawling
Wazemmes Market on Place de la Nouvelle Aventure. Comfortable shoes are recommended when shopping around the Old Town's cobbled lanes. Browse
rue de la Monnaie for designer prêt-à-porter,
rue d'Angleterre for quality antiques and
rue Nationale for mouth-watering cheese and chocolate shops. South of the centre,
rue du Faubourg des Postes is dubbed the fashion district, being home to the workshops of up-and-coming local designers. Find a bargain at one-time factory
Roubaix, now a designer outlet with cut-priced brand names.