Inescapable places and events
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Lille's BraderyThe Braderie of Lille is a popular appearance which takes place every year in Lille.
Its origins go back up to the XIIth century. Nowadays, the braderie extends over more than 200 km of pavements and welcomes about 3 million visitors every year.
It is one of the biggest gatherings of France and the biggest flea market of Europe.
The Braderie of Lille is organized the 1st weekend of September and lasts (officially) from Saturday early in the afternoon to Sunday at midnight, continuously for "bradeux" (people sending things). The Braderie of the storekeepers takes place on Mondays mornings.
For these 2 days, the city is transformed into a huge "flea market" where the cultures cross themselves.
Sectors built up themselves by "speciality". We find for example a strong concentration of professional antique dealers Boulevard Jean-Baptiste Lebas and of associations around the Porte de Paris; while along the field of Mars and the banks of De�le reign the amateurs emptying their attics. Syndicates and political parties are also present.
"Bradeux" promenades or nose about and eventually stop to eat a "mussels - fries", traditional dish of the braderie.
The restaurants of the city moreover challenge during the event: the one who will have in front of its signboard the biggest heap of shells of empty mussels.
Numerous animations (semi marathon on Saturdays mornings, concerts, merry-go-rounds, etc.) could also be discovered.
A historical heritage
> Belfry of Lille � Door of Paris
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Belfry of Lille � Door of ParisThe belfry of the City hall, inaugurated in 1932, is the highest of the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The project of its construction results from the destruction of the ancient city hall of Lille during the First world war. It was then necessary to reaffirm the power of the city. The architectural set, at the same time massive for the city hall, and exceptionally fine and huge for its belfry, was conceived by the architect �mile Dubuisson. For reasons of basic available funds and political choice, the building is slightly moved away from the centre with regard to the current city center. The brick-built red belfry and the concrete "way sculptured stone" peaks in 101 m of height (104 m with the lighthouse), asserting the political and commercial power of the regional capital. The red brick answers to the green plane trees which surround the building. The belfry welcomes a beautiful collection of contemporary works, which completes those who decorate the various town halls.
Close to the subway station: Mairie de Lille.
The Door of Paris is a door of the ancient ramparts of the city of Lille. In this place rose initially the Door of the Patients. On August 28th, 1667, after a seat of 10 days, Louis XIV enters the city by this door and receives of the "Magistrate of Lille" the keys of the city. One year later, to the treaty of Aachen, Lille becomes French. Louis XIV shows certain interest for the city and orders to the architect Simon Vollant, the construction of the Door of Paris to replace the Door of the Patients. It is built between 1685 and 1692. Its structure contains two different facades, the entrance and the exit of the city. A bent lane at the level 0 , with a drawbridge door allowed the access in city at the time of the fortifications. The bow could be separated into three parts: a central part and two wings each decorated each mythological figure framed supervised by two columns of Doric style. The size of this door evokes the military rigour. On the left, Mars, God of war; on the right, Hercule, symbol of strength. On the middle ground, over the arched lane, we can observe coat of arms sculptured by the city of Lille and just above the royal badge; but 32 meters higher, the baroque faces figures are present among which two angels, two allegories of the "Fame" sounding the victory of Louis XIV suggest the splendors of the court. In the center of the summit, the allegory of "Victoire" is represented in the middle of flags, his right hand raised, ready to put down a crown on the head of King Soleil, Louis XIV.
Restaurants and BrasseriesAll the conviviality of the inhabitants of Lille meets itself in the regional gastronomy. Delicious and generous, it arises at the same time from an exceptional soil, from proudly protected Flemish traditions and from a touch of French lifestyle.
Among the numerous culinary specialities, the Flemish carbonnade, the waterzo� and the potjevleesch make the originality of the Lille tables. Without forgetting famous mussels-fries culinary emblem of the big Braderie of Lille.
Fair, amber, brown or white special beers from the Nord-Pas de Calais are characterized by their pronounced taste and a strong density in alcohol.
Cheeses, in particular Maroilles come then and its cousin the Vieux Lille.
As for the local sweetnesses, the vergeoise (fair or brown sugar elaborated from the syrup of beet) is the honor, whether it is in the sugar pie, the caramelized cream, the filled waffles or the babeluttes of Lille.
Finally, any good meal ends by a juniper berry, a brandy of cereal flavored in the bays of juniper.
Stores and economic activities
> Shopping and city center
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Shopping and city centerFirst pole trading in the North of Paris and benefiting of a rich trade past, the metropolis of Lille knew how to keep a true commercial tradition. Here, the shopping is just like the North cities: full of life and friendly.
4 654 storekeepers and craftsmen offer everything to satisfy all the budgets and all the wants.
Le Vieux Lille is the district the most convenient to the discovery of the big brands of luxury, the fashion and the design. There are many antique dealers and the art galleries.
In the center and the pedestrian streets, the place to department stores and to international signboards, among which Gallery Lafayette since 2007. On the Grand Place, the "Furet du Nord" is one of the biggest bookshops in Europe.
In the sector of train stations, the Euralille shopping mall shelters hundred of shops, of restaurants and a hypermarket.
In the multiethnic district of Wazemmes, bargains are for the honor in general stores and stores discounts of the sector of the street Gambetta.