From its rich merchant past, Lille has kept a strong commercial tradition. Here, shopping is a reflection of the northern towns — lively and friendly.
Each district has its own special features, and the variety of the 3900 shops is enough to satisfy every budget and every desire.
With its narrow, cobblestone streets lined with lovely Flemish houses, Vieux Lille (old town) is the ideal place to find the great names in luxury goods, fashion and design. There are plenty of antique shops, art galleries and delicatessens. A pleasant market takes place on the Place du Concert every Sunday morning.
In the centre and pedestrian streets, you’ll find the department stores* and international chain stores. On the Grand Place, the Furet du Nord is one of the biggest bookshops in Europe!
In the train station district, the Euralille shopping centre, designed by Jean Nouvel, houses a hundred shops, restaurants and a hypermarket beneath its futuristic lines.
The multi-ethnic Wazemmes area is a place to go bargain hunting in the bazaars and discount shops in the Rue Gambetta district. On the Place de la Nouvelle Aventure, you’ll find flavours from all over the world at the great bustling Sunday morning market.
In the Lille – Sud area, Rue du Faubourg des Postes has become the “Maison de la mode” (fashion district). It was inaugurated in January 2007 in the presence of its promoter, Agnès b. At the heart of an area in the midst of a revival, young designers create and sell their own collections from 10 workshop-shops.
Just a few minutes from Lille, Roubaix, known as the “bargain capital”, has two factory shop centres (McArthur Glen and A l’Usine) and a fashion district (near the La Piscine museum) dedicated to young designers.
Most of Lille’s shops are open Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 7 pm, and are closed on Sundays (except for the first Sunday of the winter sales, the Sunday of the September Braderie (flea market) and the 3 Sundays before Christmas). Some shops are also closed on Mondays, particularly in Vieux Lille.