Shopping break in Lille: our recommendationsShopping break in Lille

On your visit, don't miss out on the city's 10 must-do activities, so you can squeeze a spot of shopping onto your agenda. Lille, the capital of French Flanders, is known as an unmissable destination for all things fashion, and its shopping culture can be found in a number of its districts. We share our tips and recommendations so you can treat yourself to a seriously satisfying shopping trip.

Good news for the under 26s: TGV INOUI will take you to Lille for only €9* from Brussels.


The capital of French Flanders and its historical centre

From Lille Europe railway station, you can reach the Old Town and surrounding area easily in just 10 minutes.

  • Once at the Grand'Place, head to the Furet du Nord (it's the largest bookshop in Europe, you know) and explore the streets of the Old Town
  • Be amazed when you reach the rue de la Grande Chaussée: this small, cobbled street is home to high-end names such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Le Comptoir des Cotonniers and renowned shoe store La Botte Chantilly. 
  • Then head down the more alternative rue de la Clef: here you will find a younger clientèle in the clothes stores, music shops and comic bookshops that lie behind the pretty, colourful shop fronts made of wood. 
  • If bargain hunting or wandering through the antique shops is more up your street, we recommend you visit the rue Basse and surrounding area. It boasts an array of art galeries, antiques shops and smart boutiques located inside 17th century private residences. Not forgetting Lille's second-hand stores such as Nostalgie, Vintage Expo, Tilt Vintage, etc. 
  • The city also organises frequent closet clearances in the city's bars, plus large-scale clearance sales including the unmissable "braderie de Lille", during which the entire city metamorphoses into a gigantic rummage-sale market ;-)

A trip to Roubaix: the place to be for clever shoppers

All year round, brand factory outlets sell collections from previous years at discounted prices (reductions of at least 30%). Buy ready-to-wear clothes, shoes, leather goods or accessories – you're spoilt for choice. 

  • L’Usine (accessible by bus from Roubaix railway station): this former spinning mill now accommodates 85 concession spaces offering cut-price debranded stock
  • McArthurGlen (accessible from Lille via the Metro): more than 80 stores offering year-round discounts

Tips and great ideas