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Hello, lille

The title of European Capital of Culture awarded to Lille over a decade ago was not the height of its ability, but rather a humble beginning, for in the years to follow Lille has grown to become a cultural hub second to none in northern France – and, some would argue, even beyond. There is a strong Flemish flavour in Lille, which manifests itself literally, through Lillois cuisine, and figuratively, through the ornate buildings of the charming old town (Vieux Lille).

Restaurants

Restaurants to visit

Flemish dish carbonade

Le Bistrot Lillois

For honest, authentic Lillois fare, try this unpretentious eatery that serves a combination of French and Flemish dishes. Be warned: the offerings of northern French cuisine are generally rather straightforward, built on the foundation of meat and potatoes, with the occasional curiosity in the form of – in this case – bone marrow.

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Welsh - a Flemish dish

Estaminet Au Vieux de la Vieille

During the summer months, this atmospheric little eatery spills out onto the charming Place aux Oignons, where patrons tuck into hearty Flemish specialities. Cheese-lovers won't find themselves at a loss, and meals are welcome to be followed by a sweet crêpe or another local dessert.

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Duck confit

Comptoir 44

The Parisian-style brasserie serves a regularly updated menu of French dishes, with a special emphasis laid on showcasing fresh, seasonal ingredients. Le Comptoir 44 serves simple, hearty dishes, along with sophisticated specials like foie gras and crêpe suzette.

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Soup

La Petite Table

The cosy old town restaurant offers a fusion menu of Flemish and international dishes, one of the most popular orders being the humble "Welsh" - essentially, toast smothered in cheese, with a few filling extras. Frequented by both locals and guests looking to experience northern French dining.

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Mussels

La Petite Cour

The pleasant, centrally located restaurant entices with good value menus featuring Belgian and Flemish specialities. When weather permits, make use of the restaurant's intimate outdoor courtyard seating.

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Duck confit

La Chicorée

This atmospheric brasserie often stays open till the wee morning hours, entertaining guests with live music shows and fine food. It is a rather popular local dining spot, not least because of its great value French and Flemish cuisine. A "Chicorée" menu will set you back just over a dozen euros (includes starter or dessert, plus main).

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