LILLE, Hauts-de-France

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A quick dash down from Calais will bring you to Lille, a vi­brant city with won­der­ful Flem­ish ar­chi­tec­ture, great restau­rants and fan­tas­tic shop­ping. Once a year, on the first week­end of Septem­ber, the city is host to a giant flea mar­ket, the Braderie de Lille, which at­tracts around 10,000 sell­ers, of­fer­ing a wide va­ri­ety of items. The event takes on a fes­tive air and ev­ery­one eats as much moules-frites (mus­sels and chips) as they can.

At other times of the year, Lille has plenty to of­fer an­tiques en­thu­si­asts. An­tique books and prints can be found at the Marche De La Vieille Bourse, which is held in the or­nate cen­tral court­yard of the old stock ex­change; and the hangar-like Es­pace Nord-Ouest is home to 17 dif­fer­ent ven­dors of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from clas­sic an­tique fur­ni­ture to vin­tage prints and posters, mid-cen­tury light­ing and or­nate mir­rors. When the shop­ping is done, take the Metro to Roubaix, where the arts cen­tre is set around La Piscine Roubaix, a stun­ning art deco swim­ming pool. Stay at Ho­tel de la Treille, set on one of the city’s best shop­ping streets and within walk­ing dis­tance of the main sights. A dou­ble room is from 90 (hotelde­la­

ABOVE Once a year, Lille’s Flem­ish streets are taken over by a vast flea mar­ket. LEFT The ex­tra­or­di­nary art deco pool at La Piscine Roubaix is now an arts cen­tre.

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