The Vieille Bourse (Old Stock Exchange), built in 1653, has been fully renovated and is one of the most beautiful buildings in Lille. Originally built in Flemish baroque architecture to serve as a symbol of the market town of Lille, it now encompasses a secondhand bookstore and flower shops. As you wander through this enchanting building, you'll find many old books of all genres: novels, scientific books, textbooks, graphic novels, post cards, etc. This place is unique, thanks to both its site and to its incredible variety of ancient works on sale, and so it provides the perfect backdrop for a trip into the past. A real gem!
At Furet du Nord, you're sure to find whatever book you're looking for. The store spans 7500 square meters (24606 feet), ten floors, and there is a section for each topic: novels, cinema, travel, hobbies, scholastic, foreign languages, etc. The Furet du Nord is very popular with students and is one of the most visited places in the city. You can also find records, videos, toys and video games here.
This establishment was mentioned as a confectioner's shop in the Lille commercial registers back in 1761. And In 1839, the decorator Huidiez, the painter Stalars and the architect Benvignat transformed it into a sweet-shop of bygone days. Glittering mirrors, ornaments, moldings, carved doors and balconies make this confectioner's a pleasure to the eyes. Monsieur Meert, who took over from Monsieur Rollez in 1849, obtained authorization in 1864, to declare his shop the official supplier to His Majesty, the King of Belgium. The shop's specialty is the filled waffle, also very appreciated by General de Gaulle.
Locals and tourists flock to the Wazemmes Market at the Place de la Nouvelle Aventure, found three times a week around the Saint-Pierre Saint Paul Church. Open from from 7a to 2p Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, stalls sell fresh produce as well as clothes and wares from all over the world. On Sunday, when the flea market is set up, there can be up to 50,000 visitors.
Ideal for those looking to gift something unique, Souvenirs Lille offers tourists a chance to take home some interesting memorabilia from Lille. The shop contains an assortment of items like mugs, beers, post cards, books, dishes and magnets. The owner is friendly and would also help you around with information about the town.
Situated between the Lille Flandres and Lille Europe train stations, this shopping center has over 120 boutiques, giving you everything you could want on its three levels. Clothing shops include everything from modern labels like Zara to traditional labels like Armand Thierry. You can also find shops selling crafts from all around the world here, as well as pretty table ornaments for dinner parties. Don't forget the Carrefour supermarket for you edible needs, which extends over two floors.
This small bookstore sits next to the Notre Dame de la Treille Basilica, in the annex of the rue Lepelletier. Godon carries an extensive variety of old books and engravings. Old or recent, secondhand or new, all the books are worthwhile! If you want to let your fingers do the walking, all of the books in the shop can also be bought on the store's website.
Best known for its classy fitting, La Mesure Au Masculin is a men's boutique. It is quite popular among the fashion circles of the city. The clothes include business suits, formals, ties, cuff-links and other accessories that spell luxury. The material is rich and the colors would certainly set you apart. Drop by and explore the rich collection here.
Galerie Bettina Flament is the place to go to for some exquisite pieces of trendy jewelry that can brighten up any outfit. The designer pieces are created by jewelry designers from across the globe like Marion Vidal, Edith bellod, Nelly Way and Tzuri Gueta. Here, men can shop for eye-catching cuff-links as well. Scarves are also part of the collection.
Vieux-Lille is welcoming the introduction of new millésimes (or "vintages"), and Vins Gourmands is one of the wine cellars. The decor is prestigious, the bottles are full of promise, and the sommelier has a way with words. This wine cellar stocks classic vintages, other high-quality wines and liquors galore - there is a great deal of choice here, including French wines and whiskeys from the rest of the world. This is Vieux-Lille in Northern France, so naturally the basement is also chocked full of a variety of beers.
At Boisson Cash Dubus, in the 160 square meters of his wine cellar, Monsieur Dubus exhibits over 350 wines from all regions of France. He also offers, alongside the special Dubus vintage, wines from Hungary, Chile and California. If such a wide choice seems a tad daunting, hearty and relaxed Monsieur Dubus will tell you all about his own champagnes and help with your decision.
If chocolate is your indulgence, then Guillaume Vincent is the place to be. The store offers a stunning range of deliciously crafted artisan chocolates that are perfect for gifting. Experience the taste of the rich chocolate as it sweeps down your palate leaving you craving for more. Choose from chocolate bonbons, truffles or dark chocolate and other variants to indulge your sweet-tooth.