Philippe: L’Île ? L’Île de quoi ?
Jean: Pas sur une île. Lille, la ville de Lille!
Forget Paris, Marseille and Lyon for a second… Lille is the way to go! The city is either underrated or unknown to many and I’ll try to change that thought. I’ve had the chance to go out and explore the wonderful city by taking the Thalys for merely 35 minutes. Hopped on, hopped off et voilà: bienvenue à Lille-Europe! My main chick Winny & her camera followed me around and this is the result. We started off the day at Urban Basilic Café for tea, coffee and a briefing on how the day would look like. The café would also be our meeting point in the evening. After my café au lait, a city guide showed us the Grand Place, or better Place du Général-de-Gaulle. It’s a meeting point for many and it’s characterized by the mix of Dutch and French architecture.
We were guided along the opera and Rue Faidherbe to end the tour at Tri Postal, post office turned art venue with industrial touches. God, I loved it there! We started off with a yummy lunch in the food corner (brunch on Sunday, it’s possible!) and got to meet the people behind Lille3000. Afterwards, we got to explore Passions Secrètes: private Flemish art collections. They were ah-mazing! The whole time, I pictured my future home with a few of the art pieces.
Enough art for the day, time to explore the city! Winny and I had a quick look at Euralille (hello shopping malllll) before commencing our discovery in Vieux-Lille, the old part of town. You could say it’s a small version of Le Marais with its mix of French labels – Sandro, Zadig&Voltaire, Maje – and small boutiques. The ones that caught my eye? Le Dressing de Charlize, Poppy Milton and Harris Wilson. If the shopping part didn’t convince you, Lille has various design stores and LOTS of patisserie shops.
Basically, everything a women wants… you’ll find it in Lille!
Big thanks to Winny Man, Thalys & Lille3000.