3 Fun-Filled Days In Lille + Day Trip To Bruges!

Standing as the urban center and cultural capital of northern France, Lille may be France’s most underrated metropolis. If we were to personify cities in France, Lille would be Paris’ much cooler, more laid-back second cousin.

You won’t find flocks of tourists here whatsoever, despite its enchanting old town with the prettiest French and Flemish architecture, its growing beer scene, and its youthful, energetic atmosphere.

In Lille, you’ll also find renowned art museums, amazing indie designer shopping, a poppin’ gastronomic scene, and a nightlife scene bolstered by tens of thousands of university students.

Among the many reasons why Lille is worth visiting, history buffs will appreciate the fact that it was Charles De Gaulle’s birthplace!

The best part about the city? You can easily reach it by train and see most of it on foot! Here’s how to spend 3 perfect days in Lille, France.

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Vieux-Lille, Grand Place, shopping, frites, beer, and more


Wazemmes Market, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Parc de la Citadelle, afternoon tea, food halls, and more


Day trip to Bruges

DAY 1: Discovering Lille’s Charm

Breakfast at Meert

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Meert, a locally famous patisserie known for its exquisite pastries and gaufres (waffles).

When you first get there, you might be confused by the fact that it looks like a tea and confectionary shop. But there’s actually a tearoom/dining room here.

Breakfast is a must at this gorgeous tearoom — it’s decorated so authentically French! No matter what you decide to order, you need to make it a point to try their signature pastry item, gaufres (waffles) with Madagascan vanilla.

After your meal, pop into the shop for some souvenir shopping. You’ll find all kinds of goodies here, including teas, chocolates, gummies, and other cutely-packaged confectionaries.

👉 More about gaufres: Forget everything you think you know about waffles. They’re different in Lille! In Lille, they’re flat and generously filled with traditional vergeoise (beet sugar). They come in a variety of flavors: speculoos, vanilla, coffee, etc. The best waffles can be tasted at the market or at the Méert patisserie in Vieux-Lille.

Explore Vieux-Lille

Grand Place in Vieux-Lille
Grand Place (Main Square)

It’s time to head to the heart of the city — Vieux-Lille. You’ll likely spend a few hours here as we did. It’s the city’s historic district after all! You can spend your time admiring the charming cobblestone streets and colorful Flemish-style buildings, and perusing the various boutique shops.

There’s no place better than here to get lost in Lille! We spend hours walking around aimlessly enjoying the area’s enchanting and maze-like streets. Half the fun was just exploring the little mom-and-pop shops and admiring the Flemish-style architecture.

Here are some recommendations on what to look for while you’re in the city center:

Grand Place: Start your exploration at Grand Place, the main square of Vieux-Lille. Soak in the unique Flemish-inspired architecture, including the Vieille Bourse (Old Stock Exchange), and explore the shops in the historic square.

Statue of General Charles de Gaulle: Pay homage to one of Lille’s most famous sons at the statue of General Charles de Gaulle, located near the Vieille Bourse. Snap a photo with the iconic statue and learn about de Gaulle’s legacy in French history.

Explore La Vieille Bourse: Enjoy the ornate Renaissance stock exchange building (there’s a gold Mercury statue on the campanile!), then wander into the courtyard to see what books, paintings, and other hodgepodge items are for sale. During our visit, there were even people playing chess in here!

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Old books for sale at La Vieille Bourse

Palais Rihour: Stop by Palais Rihour, a beautiful Renaissance-style building, currently where the Tourist Information Center of Lille is located. Learn about the city’s history and pick up maps or guides to help you navigate Vieux-Lille and beyond.

Rue de la Monnaie: One of the oldest streets in Lille! Rue de la Monnaie is packed with charming boutiques, artisanal shops, and trendy cafes. This is a great street to find new pieces to update your outfit with, browse for unique souvenirs, or sample local treats. In fact, this is the street we spent the most time on because of how much good shopping there was! There were lots of local brands I didn’t know which made browsing and window shopping even more fun.

Rue de la Clef, Rue Bartholomé Masurel, and Rue Esquermoise: These were also some of my favorite shopping streets in the area! You’ll find lots of indie boutiques as well as cute architecture to feast your eyes on.

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Rue de la Cler

Artisanal chocolatiers: Chocolate is big here (which makes sense, you’re so close to Belgium). Treat yourself to some artisanal chocolates from one of Vieux-Lille’s renowned chocolatiers! I recommend Guillaume Vincent Chocolatier, Au Chat Bleu, or Le Lautrec.

Eat pastries: And if you can fit more pastries in your belly, head to Dona Bica (for such delicious and authentic Portuguese pastel de nata) or Oxalis et Bergamote (for amazingly made cookies, cakes, cardamom buns, cinnamon rolls, and matcha lattes).

👉 Want some more guidance while exploring Vieux-Lille? Sign up for this 2-hour guided walking tour of the historic city center. With a qualified guide, you’ll spot the old town’s main sights and monuments and hear fun facts and anecdotes about life on the charming cobbled streets.

Eat fries at Friterie Meunier

Frites in Lille France

In Lille, fries are not just a side dish—they’re an art form! Known locally as “frites,” these golden delights are a must-try when you’re in the city.

👉 Did you know? Contrary to popular belief, fries are not French. They actually originated in Belgium, where they are known as “frites.” However, in Lille (with the city being so close to Belgium), fries hold a special place in the local culinary scene, often served with regional specialties like moules-frites (mussels and fries) or carbonnade flamande (beef stewed in beer).

Frites are so yummy because they are traditionally cooked twice: first at a lower temperature to cook the potato through, and then at a higher temperature to achieve that crispy exterior. This double-cooking method results in fries that are perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside!

Just like what you’ll find in Belgium, Lille takes its frites seriously. You’ll find them served alongside a variety of sauces, from classic mayonnaise to inventive house-made concoctions.

We got our frites at Friterie Meunier because of how close it was to the city center. It was simple, crispy, and delicious!

Lunch: La Petite Table or Mama Restaurant Lille

La Petite Table is a local restaurant that serves traditional French cuisine with a modern twist, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create flavorful dishes. You can try classic favorites like beef bourguignon, or opt for inventive seafood creations.

Mama Restaurant Lille is a super trendy restaurant that mixes good food with loud music and good vibes! You can try things like Carbonnade Flammande, a Croque welsh style, and Coquillettes with ham — all paired with their signature cocktails. The food is delicious and creative, the live DJ atmosphere is fun, and the trendy decor is awesome.

Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille Cathedral

Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille Cathedral is not your average church. You’ll be able to see that as soon as you lay eyes on its unique facade. It looks almost… modern.. with a hint of traditional architecture too.

This contemporary masterpiece stands out with its striking facade, featuring intricate geometric patterns and sculptural details. Inside, the cathedral’s stained glass windows will steal the show, designed by renowned artist Ladislas Kijno. Enjoy the kaleidoscope of colors before stepping back out.

Explore near Place aux Oignons

Just a 2-3 minute walk away from the Cathedral is Place aux Oignons, a small square known for its cozy cafes and lively terraces. Sit back with a small afternoon coffee in hand, relax, and soak in the ambiance as you watch the world go by.

You’ll find a few cool art galleries just one street over (Rue des Vieux Murs and Rue Coquerez), plus one of the coolest beer halls we found in Lille, La Capsule. More on this below.

For pastries, L’Ogre de Carrouselberg is just next door. The croissants are beautifully flaky, while everything else is almost TOO pretty to eat!

Beer Tasting at La Capsule

La Capsule Brewery - Lille France Travel Itinerary

I’ll never forget our beer breaks in Lille… there are almost too many beer halls and drinking establishments to choose from. By far one of our favorite stops was La Capsule, a craft beer hall offering a wide selection of local and international brews.

While the first floor may look like any old beer-tasting venue (beers on tap, counter seating, a few tables here and there), the magic of the place really unveils itself when you head downstairs.

It’ll feel like you’re drinking beer in a cave! If you want to enjoy your beers from the comfort of a table, be sure to arrive before 6 PM because this place fills up. We arrived around 4:30 PM and there were still lots of tables down in the cave area for us to choose from. But it filled up quickly!

You can also order small bites like cheese and charcuterie boards to pair along with your beers.

Dinner at Estaminet Chez la Vieille

For your first dinner, try embracing the fact that you’re in the Hauts-de-France region by treating your tastebuds to a traditional Flemish dinner at Estaminet Chez la Vieille, a cozy restaurant serving classic dishes like carbonnade flamande and moules-frites.

This is a great place to eat if you want to try out traditional Lille cuisine that you won’t find in other parts of France. For a super traditional dish, get the Welsh Au Maroilles Frites Et Salade!

While this is a great restaurant to sample local cuisine, we could not recommend it to people who don’t like cheese. There’s a heavy cheese smell within the restaurant, which could be heaven to some and a rotting dumpster to others!

I’d suggest you make a reservation before you come as it can get quite crowded.

👉 Did you know? An estaminet is a typical Northern restaurant that serves local specialties in a warm and welcoming setting. It also serves excellent beers from regional or Belgian breweries. If one of your objectives is to taste your way through Lille, look for restaurants with “estaminet” in the name. You’re likely to find local food, local beer, and local people there!

Eat a crepe for dessert

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Our dessert crepes at La Saint-Georges

Despite having eaten a crepe a day since arriving in France (Lille was days 5 and 6 of our 2 week trip to France), we had not gotten tired of crepes!

We love ending our nights with sweet crepes — give us any kind of crepe with nutella and fruit or lemon, sugar, and butter and we’ll do just about anything you want!

Here are two places near Estaminet Chez la Vieille that we can’t recommend enough:

La Saint-Georges – looks almost like a restaurant you’d find in Baja California or Tulum, Mexico, but instead of coastal cuisine, they serve a massive menu of all kinds of crepes!

Crêperie Beaurepaire – A really cool venue that serves both savory and sweet crepes. It’ll feel like you’re having a meal in a medieval tavern!

DAY 2: Markets and Gastronomic Delights

Wazemmes Market

Wazemmes Market Lille France

Let’s start day 2 with a dose of local culture. Lose yourself in the bustling energy of Wazemmes Market, where the vibrant colors of fruits/veggies and aromatic scents of roasted chicken, fresh cheese, and fresh pastries fill the air!

Wander through the maze of stalls, sampling local cheeses, olives, and artisanal bread along the way. For an authentic experience, strike up a conversation with the vendors and learn about the origins of their products while indulging in a sensory feast.

It just so happened to be strawberry season during our trip to Lille in May, so you know we had to go in on all the strawberry tarts while they were available!

Since we love walking, Papu and I walked here from our hotel located in the city center. It was quite a long walk, but it was pretty pleasant the entire way.

Palais des Beaux-Arts

Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, France

If you’re someone who prioritizes museums on your trips/vacations, the first and biggest museum in Lille you need to know about is Palais des Beaux-Arts.

This impressive museum is actually one of the largest museums in all of France (also one of the first to be built, under Napoleon I) and it’s home to a massive collection of fine arts, modern art, and antiquities. I mean, you don’t get the nickname the “Louvre of Lille” without being truly impressive.

Within the museum, don’t miss the iconic areas such as the Gallery of Antiquities, showcasing ancient Greek and Roman artifacts, and the French and Flemish paintings section, featuring works by renowned artists like Rodin, Rembrandt, and Picasso.

All of the other heavy hitters are here too: Raphael, Donatello, Tissot, Jordaens, Goya, El Greco, David, Corot, Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Delacroix, Rubens, and more.

For art lovers, you won’t want to miss “The Lamentation of Christ” by Peter Paul Rubens, “The Harvesters” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and “The Death of Sardanapalus” by Eugène Delacroix.

When you’re there, don’t forget about the audioguide that comes with your admission! It will give you all the background you need to get you started.

👉 Alternative museum: La Piscine Musée d’Art et d’Industrie is an art deco-style swimming pool built between 1927 and 1932 turned into an innovative museum showcasing fine arts (paintings, sculptures, drawings), design, and industrial artifacts.

Lunch at Bloempot

Head to Bloempot if you’re in the mood to splurge on innovative and delicious Flemish food while you’re in Lille! This Michelin-starred restaurant offers a gastronomic journey through the essence of regional French cuisine.

You’ll have to order the “Les yeux fermés” fixed menu, a multi-course menu that highlights the best of the region. While the menu is always rotating depending on what seasonal ingredients are available, you can expect everything to be super fresh and super creatively done!

👉 Pro Tip: If you can snag reservations for a weekday lunch, you’ll get a pretty sweet discount compared to the normal menu price!

Citadel of Lille

We didn’t have time to do this one on our trip to Lille (plus my allergies were acting up from the pollen), but we regretted not making the time to picnic at Citadel Park!

The Citadelle in Lille, constructed by order of Louis XIV in the late 17th century, holds great historical significance as a symbol of French conquest and defense against Spanish rule.

It was part of a strategic defensive network known as the “Pré Carré,” designed by military engineer Vauban to protect France’s northern border. The Citadel played a crucial role during the sieges in 1708 and 1792, showcasing its effectiveness in safeguarding the nation’s borders.

Today, while parts of the Citadel are open to the public for exploration, its core remains in military use, housing the Rapid Reaction Corps-France, a deployable operational unit of the French army.

To visit the Military Citadel, you can take a guided tour (by reservation only). The only way to visit is by guided tour.  

Not interested in military history? Outside the 2.2km-long ramparts is central Lille’s largest public park, the Parc de la Citadelle, spanning a whopping 60 hectares.

If you’re not in the mood to learn about the Citadel or see it from the inside, you should at least visit the beautiful park grounds! While you’re here, I suggest you pack some snacks (or even a light picnic) to enjoy while exploring the vast park surrounding the citadel, which includes lawns, woods, a zoo with ~400 animals, and even an amusement park perfect for little ones!

You could also go for a bike ride along the canal/river!

Go to a dog cafe

Wait, what? A dog cafe in Lille? YES! Le Waf Dog Cafe is Lille’s very own dog cafe… which, in our humble opinion, is so much more fun than a cat cafe!

Visiting is quite simple, you basically just pay an entry fee that comes with 1 hour and 15 minutes of dog play and free drinks!

Your entry package gives you access to a variety of drinks, including coffee, teas, syrups, hot chocolate, a smoothie of the day, and various juices.

Due to high demand, reservations are essential. We advise you to book 1 or 2 days in advance to guarantee your slot.

Afternoon tea at Elizabeth’s

Elizabeth's Lille France

It wouldn’t be a day in France without a stop at a bakery or afternoon tea shop! Head back to the city center and make a beeline for Elizabeth’s.

With an extensive coffee and tea menu featuring favorites like ginger and peach tea, you can choose the perfect drink for you while munching on tea cakes and pastries! Sounds like a great break from exploring the city, right?

While we were there, we ordered the carrot cake — it was so moist and delicious! From my research, other must-tries include their multi-layer cakes (seasonal flavors), banana bread, cheesecakes, scones, and irresistible shortbread cookies.

Basically, just order whatever speaks to you because chances are, everything will be amazing here.

Try le merveilleux

Aux Merveilleux - Lille France

If you’ve got the appetite for one more regional specialty sweet, head to Aux Merveilleux de Fred to try one of Lille’s most famous treats — the location by Euralille (Lille-Flandres station) is the most convenient for this itinerary!

These delicious meringues coated in buttercream and chocolate shavings have become a staple of Aux Merveilleux de Fred, which has its origins in Vieux-Lille.

From the looks of it, Papu and I didn’t think we’d like it (my tastebuds can’t really handle “decadent” or overly sweet things, but we had to try it regardless. Guess what? We ended up really liking it because of how soft and fluffy it was!

See Yayoi Kusama’s art sculpture

Les Tulipes de Shangri-La - Yayoï Kusama

Yayoi in Lille? Oh, yes! Chances are, if you’re arriving in Lille by train, you’ll encounter Les Tulipes de Shangri-La naturally.

Created by the renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in 2004 as part of a previous “Flower Power” Project, this whimsical sculpture features a few oversized tulips adorned with colorful polka dots. It’s a must-see for all Yayoi fans!

Go shopping at Westfield Euralille

Westfield Euralille

Didn’t get enough shopping in on your first day in Lille? Did you know Lille has its own indoor mall?

I’d never come across a mall so close to a historic city center in Europe, so I was shocked to find this massive shopping mall just steps away from the train station!

You’ll find all your big international brands here including Pull & Bear, Uniqlo, Sephora, Primark, Adidas, and more. You can get chocolate gifts at Jeff de Bruges or treat yourself to ice cream and liege waffles at Chuck’s.

Dinner: Grand Scène food hall (or another restaurant)

We checked out Grand Scène for dinner and found a surprisingly large food hall buzzing with young, hip, and trendy people! The building looked rather small from the outside, so we were shocked (once we walked in) to find that not only was it quite big, but there was also a second floor of additional food vendors.

You’ll find food stalls offering everything from innovative burgers to international delights (there were lots of Thai food options). You’ll find freshly baked pastries, dessert crepes, gourmet burgers, authentic Asian dishes, and so much more, all under one roof.

DAY 3: Day Trip To Bruges

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The view from my Airbnb that one time I stayed in Bruges overnight!

Bruges, often referred to as the “Venice of the North,” is a postcard-perfect medieval city located in the northwest part of Belgium.

It’s situated in the Flanders region (extremely close to Lille!), so we’d highly recommend integrating a visit into your 3-day Lille itinerary because the well-preserved architecture and meandering canals are to die for. As a matter of fact, the entire city is drop-dead gorgeous!

Bruges is actually really easy to get to. Traveling by train from Lille, the train ride will take you just over 1 hour.

With just one day in Bruges, here are the top 5 things you shouldn’t miss:

Explore the historic center

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Markt Square

Spend as much time as possible in the historic center — the atmosphere is just too magical to not just linger for longer. While you’re here, you’ll come across tons of historic buildings built in Flemish architectural style, picturesque squares, chocolate shops galore, and quaint cafes.

Be sure to visit the Markt Square, dominated by the Belfry Tower, and the Burg Square, home to the Town Hall and Basilica of the Holy Blood.

Take a canal tour

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A visit to Bruges isn’t complete without a boat trip on its pretty canals. You’ll get to see another perspective of the town– and I’d even say the best views I witnessed were from the boat!

Drift along the tranquil canals as you pass by elegant medieval architecture, charming bridges, and lush greenery. It’s SUCH a relaxing way to soak in the beauty of the city!

Visit the Belfry of Bruges

If you’re a sucker for aerial views, you’ll probably want to climb the iconic Belfry Tower for panoramic views of Bruges and the surrounding countryside. The walk up the tower may be steep, but the vistas from the top make it well worth the effort!

Don’t forget to listen to the mesmerizing melodies of the carillon bells before heading back down.

Indulge in Belgian Chocolate

Hot Chocolate in Bruges, Belgium

Now is your chance to buy world-famous Belgian chocolate from the source! Treat yourself to some delicious Belgian chocolate from one of Bruges’ many chocolatiers.

Here are some renowned chocolatiers and brands in Bruges that will get you started if you have no idea what to look for while you’re there:

  • The Chocolate Line: Known for its innovative and creative flavors, The Chocolate Line offers a wide range of chocolates, including unique combinations like wasabi, ginger, and tequila. Don’t miss their signature “Bruges Swan” chocolates!
  • Neuhaus: As one of Belgium’s oldest chocolatiers, Neuhaus is famous for its pralines and truffles. Their luxurious chocolates are beautifully packaged, making them great gifts to bring home.
  • Dumon Chocolatier: This is a family-owned business that has been producing artisanal chocolates since 1992.
  • Leonidas: With numerous locations across Belgium, Leonidas is a popular choice for indulgent Belgian chocolates.
  • Galler Chocolatier: Founded in 1976, Galler Chocolatier offers a wide range of chocolates, including pralines, truffles, and chocolate bars. Their chocolates are known for their smooth texture and rich flavor.

Admire the art

Visit the Groeningemuseum to explore Bruges’ rich artistic heritage. Marvel at masterpieces by Flemish Primitives such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling, as well as works from other renowned artists.

Eat more: Waffles and frites!

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You’re in Belgium. You need to try as many Belgian delights as you can while you’re in town! You definitely want to taste some moules-frites (mussels and fries), frites on their own, and liege waffles!

For the fries, dip with ketchup and mayonnaise. Belgian mayonnaise is like none other. It’s a must.

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Lille is shockingly affordable to visit (given that it’s in France and all). Room rates are easily 50% less than what you’d find in Paris. Like I said, Lille is Paris’ cooler, more laid-back cousin — and you can tell in the hotel prices.

I had such a hard time picking for my very own trip because so many hotels were within our price range, but here are the ones that made the final cut for our stay:


Mama Shelter Lille

Fun, affordable, stylish designer rooms, and super trendy restaurants — there’s a lot to love at Mama Shelter. Designed by architect Jalil Amor, its 112 rooms offer a cozy refuge, perfectly combining comfort and modernity. And if you’re debating whether to opt in for the hotel breakfast, you 100% should.


Moxy Lille City

Moxy hotels worldwide are the definition of comfort and trendiness. The hotel, despite it being housed in a repurposed old building, has smart rooms and immersive spaces. Other hotel amenities include a healthy continental breakfast, a 24-hour gym, and an evening bar featuring wines by the glass and local brews.


You’re most likely going to get to Lille in one of two ways: by train or by plane. There are also bus options and rental car options too.

By Train

Lille is well-connected by train, with frequent services from major European cities like Paris, London, Brussels, and Amsterdam. The Eurostar, Thalys, and TGV trains provide high-speed connections, making travel to Lille efficient and super duper convenient!

From Paris, Lille is approximately 200 kilometers (124 miles) away. High-speed trains, such as the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse), connect the two cities, with travel times averaging from 1 to 1.5 hours. It’s really not bad at all!

By Air

Lille has its own airport, Lille-Lesquin Airport (LIL), which offers domestic and international flights. From the airport, travelers can take a shuttle bus or taxi to reach the city center, approximately 10 kilometers away.

It might be cheaper to fly into Paris (explore Paris for a few days, then train to Lille) as opposed to flying right to LIL. Be sure to check prices from both airports to compare!

By Bus

Buses are often cheaper than trains, which makes it a good option for people on a budget.

There are a handful of bus companies that offer long-distance coach services to Lille from various cities across Europe. If you’re coming from smaller cities throughout France or nearby countries, check to see if operators like FlixBus, Eurolines, and Ouibus offer routes that fit you.

By Car

Driving in France is pretty straightforward, so if you’re the type to get out of town and explore neighboring regions, historic towns, and other scenic attractions of northern France, having a car will give you so much more flexibility.

You probably won’t need it to explore Lille (since the city is so walkable), but with a car, you would have the option to drive to further out places like Wazemmes Market which is a nice little convenience!

Lille is easily accessible by car, with several major highways connecting the city to neighboring regions and countries. Drivers can reach Lille via the A1, A23, and A25 motorways, which connect nearby cities like Paris, Brussels, and Calais.

Need a rental car for your trip? To find cheap rental cars, I recommend using Rentalcars.com. Their search tool is one of the best I’ve found!


We are walkers, and Lille is a great city to explore on foot. You can pretty much see the whole city with just your legs and a good pair of walking shoes!

During our 3 full days in Lille, we didn’t use public transportation or rideshare once. There were times when it would have been handy to have done so (like getting to Wazemmes Market), but we managed without it.

For those of you who can’t do extensive amounts of walking or choose not to, here are some other options.

Public Transportation

Lille has an efficient public transport system, including buses and trams operated by Transpole. You can buy single tickets or day passes to access buses and trams, which provide convenient transportation around the city and its suburbs.

Bike Rental

V’Lille is the city’s bike-sharing system, with numerous stations located throughout Lille where users can rent and return bikes.

This bicycle rental service has been available since September 2011 throughout the Lille Metropole area.

They offer two types of rentals: a self-service bike rental for your short travels from one stop to the other OR long-term bicycle rentals, where you can take the bike back to your home/accomocation and keep it for as long as you need.

Taxi / Rideshare

Taxis can be hailed on the street or booked in advance (Talixo or Uber).

You’ll also find rideshare services including Uber and Bolt (formerly known as Taxify).


For the average traveler, 2 to 3 days in Lille will be good enough to not feel FOMO (like you’re missing out on too much).

Having said that, one of Lille’s main draws is that it’s a city big on gastronomy. If you’re a big foodie who wants to taste as much good food (and/or beer) as possible during your time in Lille, you’ll probably want more time than that as 2 to 3 days is not enough to even make a dent in Lille’s dining/drinking scene.

Off-the-beaten-path travelers (like me!) would also benefit from dedicating more time to exploring the rest of the Hauts-de-France region and beyond with Lille as a home base. While we’ve included Bruges into this 3-day itinerary of Lille, you could also explore nearby places like:

  • Arras, France: Charming town with well-preserved medieval squares, historic architecture, the iconic Grand’Place with its Flemish-style buildings, and the underground tunnels of the Boves.
  • Ghent, Belgium: Just a short train ride away, Ghent is a picturesque medieval city with amazing architecture, including Gravensteen Castle and St. Bavo’s Cathedral. There’s also a really cool street art scene and, of course, Belgian cuisine!
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Ghent is one of the prettiest European cities I’ve been to!


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My name is Elle and I'm a travel blogger and adventurer based in California. I love helping people plan trips and create unique itineraries based on their interests and their budgets. I'm a huge fan of outdoor adventures and doing off-the-beaten-path things in my state (and all around the world too)!

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