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Leisure in Lille


Wondering what are the leisure activities available in Lille? Here is an overview.

Like most French cities, Lille has a rich natural and cultural heritage. So if you have settled there, you are definitely not likely to get bored during your free time. The city provides a wide range of leisure activities that you can enjoy alone or with your family. So what are you waiting for to go out and explore Lille?


Culture is at its peak in Lille, as demonstrated by its magnificent architecture, sumptuous museums, not to mention its cinema halls and numerous shows that are held all year round. Indeed, Lille has nothing to envy to other major French cities.

You will also be able to attend ballet representations, opera, comedy shows, and many other cultural events in Lille.

The city is also famous for its Wazemmes market which is a real breathtaking scenery. But you can also visit several other markets and fairs.


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, the Citadelle Park in Lille, etc.


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. There is so much to see and do in this city for shopaholics.


As Lille is located in the North of France, its cuisine can seem quite fine and complex to amateurs. 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, etc. Of course, this is a non-exhaustive list! You will discover the rest during your tour around the city.


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.


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 among collective and individual sports, combat sports, water sports, etc. Find more information in the “Useful links” listed below.

This article contains a non-exhaustive list of leisure activities available in Lille. For more information on cultural and sports events held all year round in the city, make sure to visit Lille's official portal every now and then.

 Useful links: – Leisure in Lille Forum 
Lille Municipal Library
Culture in Lille
Sports in Lille
Kidzou – Kids activities

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