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Leisure activities in Lille

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Lille is a multifaceted city which buzzes with culture. For a long time, the city was an industrial heavyweight, and this has contributed to the development of a rich cultural and historical heritage, which is still present and visible today. Whether you are into museums, music, opera or sports, Lille has something to offer.

This holds true if you decide to move or visit Lille with a family, as there is a wide range of parks and activities for children both in the city and in its immediate surroundings. To top it all, Lille is close to Belgium, so weekend or even day trips to a new country are also feasible.

Lille's culture

Culture is at its peak in Lille, as demonstrated by its magnificent architecture, sumptuous museums, not to mention its cinemas and numerous shows that are held all year round. When in Lille, make sure you visit the Natural History Museum, the Palais des Beaux Arts, and the Musee des Cannoniers, all of which are exquisite. The city hosts one of France’s most illustrious orchestras, the Orchestre National de Lille, and are based in the Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle, in the heart of the city. Lille also offers ballet representations, opera and comedy shows. The theatre scene in Lille comes to life at the Theatre Sebastopol and Theatre du Nord to name a few. Lille, of course, is a city of traditions. Do not miss the popular yearly events such as the Lille Carnival, the Christmas Market, Lille Neige, Lille Plage, as well as the Braderie de Lille. Finally, the city is also famous for its Wazemmes market which is truly breathtaking, and is also home to several other markets and fairs.

Make sure to check out the official website of the city of Lille as well as websites such as Mother in Lille for updates of what is on offer in the city.

Nature

Nature lovers will be delighted as well. In fact, Lille hosts many parks, namely the Parc de la Deûle, the Jardin Mosaïc, the Marque and Lys refurbished banks, the Barbieux Park in Roubaix and the Citadelle Park in Lille. If you are with your children in Lille, the pedagogic farm of Marcel Dhenin and the zoo of Lille constitute fun days out which your children will be sure to enjoy. For those willing to enjoy nature while exercising, the Promenade des Remparts is a 16km circuit which is both interesting for trekkers and cyclists. Another green and leafy spot are the banks of Bois-Blancs.

Shopping in Lille

Lille is also deemed to be a shopping haven, even for window shoppers. You will be seduced by the chic boutiques in Vieux Lille, not to mention the dynamic ambiance created by huge shopping malls such as Euralille. However, for those willing to shop at luxury shops, a walk through Vieux Lille is essential, and for those with a sweet tooth make sure to stop at the Chocolaterie Trogneux. In recent decades, Lille has evolved into a multicultural hodgepodge, and for ethnic shopping head out to the Wazemmes area.

Lille's cuisine

Lille’s local cuisine is typical of the Northern European countries. In fact, many of its specialties originate from Belgium, but the city also has its own specialties such as the flamiche, hochepot, stew, mussels, patties, maroilles, as well as chips and beer. In the winter, nothing is better than a good serving of hot stew in one of Lille’s many traditional joints. For ideas on where to dine while in Lille, you can visit the website of LaFourchette, which on top of listing restaurants also offers interesting discounts.

Sports

If you like sports, you will be glad to know that Lille hosts a wide range of sports clubs and associations involved in various activities. You can choose from collective and individual sports, combat sports and water sports, to name a few. Find more information in the “Useful links” listed below.

 Useful links:

Lille Municipal Library
MotherinLille
Culture in Lille
Sports in Lille
Euralille
Kidzou – Kids activities

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