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Lille's Markets & Festivals

Marché de Wazemmes - colourful Sunday market for flowers grown in the Flemish countryside, and from Belgium and Holland

The Vieille Bourse houses second-hand bookshops, whilst in the courtyard there's a daily flower market.

Big city, bustling markets
Lille's markets are the place to find fresh local produce from all over Nord-Pas de Calais - chicory, endives and vegetables from the surrounding area; apples and cider from the Avesnes are in the west; cheeses from the region's dairy farms - including the extremely smelly local speciality; sausages ("andouillettes") from Cambrai; seafood from Étaples and Boulogne on the coast; flowers from the Flanders lowlands.....

Regular markets in Lille
These markets can be found every week:

Rue du Solférino - general markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Place du Concert - general markets in Lille's Old Town on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Vieille Bourse courtyard - daily flower market, also book stalls that repay a good browse.

Quartier de Wazemmes - Sunday morning flower market; antiques and bric-a-brac by the church; local produce and seafood in the covered market.

"Braderie" annual street fair
On the first weekend each September a million visitors throng the streets of Lille. It's an enormous boot fair! Anyone can set up a stall - they line 200 km of pavements throughout old Lille, selling paintings, antiques, ornaments, furniture and junk of every description.

Part of the celebrations is eating moules-frîtes - mussels and chips. Traditionally, after eating you leave your empty shells outside the stall of restaurant - they compete to see which amasses the biggest pile by the end of the fair.

1. Stalls sell anything from works of art to junk in the annual "Braderie" fair
2. A pile of shells outside a restaurant - traditional leftovers from a weekend of serving moules-frîtes.

Background information
Local markets
Christmas markets
Regional food

March de Wazemmes - visiting the march is definately not to be missed but it's best to go early because by about 11am it's too busy to be enjoyable and there's a small cafe near to the flower stalls that serves a fantastic brunch ...
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Location: around central Lille
Information/ enquiries:
Ask the Office du Tourisme de Lille (in the city centre):
Palais Rihour, BP 205, LILLE
Tel: 00 33 3 20 21 94 21
Fax: 00 33 3 20 21 94 20




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