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Where to Eat There are loads of restaurants in Lille from haute cuisine to local specialities… Fancy a snack: The best chips (a local speciality) in town can be found at: l’Express – eat in or take away. 50 Place de la Gare Locals love: The bars and cafés of Place des Oignons such as Estaminet Au Vieux de la Vieille, with handwritten menus in children’s’ exercise books. 2-4 Rue des Vieux Murs Wine and dine: Barbue d’Anvers, candles on book shelves, vintage décor in a gorgeous old building. A place to linger and enjoy delectable dishes of the region like carbonnade flamande (stew with beer and brown sugar), mussels cooked in white wine and a cheese platter that includes the local stinky, delicious Maroilles cheese 1 bis rue Ste Etienne. Best Bars There are hundreds of bars in Lille… Quirky: Peekaboo (92 rue de l'Hôpital Militaire) is fun and friendly. Food is served lunchtimes, Tuesday to Saturday. Great ambience, décor, beers and cocktails. Splash out: The only Champagne Bar in Lille, located in a converted 18th Century Convent that’s now the Couvent des Minimes Hotel and bar. (17 Quai du Wault) Popular with the locals: La Capsule: great selection of beers and friendly staff who are happy to advise on what beer to try, one of the best bars in town (25 Rue Trois Mollettes). Learn about beer: At Vivat Factory they’ll explain how and where beers are made and have a great beer tasting menu. appreciate its beauty. Place Gilleson
Above left: Grand Place, Lille; above: Champagne bar Couvent des Minimies Mussel power in Lille At the annual Lille Braderie, a giant flea market, it's traditional for restaurants to pile up empty mussel shells - the biggest pile is judged at the end of the 33 hour flea market marathon and the restaurant with the biggest pile claims the win!
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