About Lille

This charming medieval city is proud of its wonderful architecture, cobbled streets and thriving Old Quarter, elegantly restored. It has a buzzing arts scene and is building a reputation for excellent shopping.

Food and drink

The regional dishes of Northern France combine the influences from both French and Belgian cuisine. The area is justifiably proud of its numerous brasseries serving regional specialities. Dishes to sample include carbinnade de boeuf and waterzooi, a Flemish stew made with chicken or fish in a creamy sauce. You'll also find mountains of mussels with enormous mounds of frites.

Desserts include tarte au sucre, brioche-like cramiques and almond macaroons. The drink of choice is beer and it's often used in cooking - you might even find beer soup on the menu!

Shopping

There is plenty in Lille for the discerning shopper. On the rue de la Grande Chaussee, you'll find French designer names such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Lacoste. For something more unique, try the tiny boutiques in the old Flemish houses of the old town; you might find antiques, jewellery or fashion. At Euralille Mall, near the Eurostar terminal, there are more than 100 high-street brands to browse through.

Weather in Lille

Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Lille

5.7

Lille weather in

January
7.0

Lille weather in

February
10.8

Lille weather in

March
15.2

Lille weather in

April
17.6

Lille weather in

May
20.8

Lille weather in

June
23.0

Lille weather in

July
23.2

Lille weather in

August
20.0

Lille weather in

September
15.3

Lille weather in

October
10.2

Lille weather in

November
6.8

Lille weather in

December