Lille is very accessible by train, via the Eurostar line to London, and TGV lines to Brussels and Paris. Motorways also connect the city to Germany, England and the Netherlands. The airport offers international flights to surrounding countries. Local metro, bus and tramway systems ensure easy travel within the city and surrounding areas.
Local restaurants offer a taste of French and Belgian cuisine. Meert serves waffles, pastries, tea and is connected to a chocolate shop bearing the same name. Le Barbue d’Anvers specializes in Belgian chicken (a special breed), while Le Palais offers French and Flemish dishes. For real chocolate-lovers, Chocolaterie Vandyck makes pralines on the spot.
Lille Braderie, a giant flea market, overtakes the city the first weekend of every September. Sellers and buyers mingle and bargain, while enjoying food and music. Other festivals include La Louche d’Or (Festival of Soup), which takes places the first of May in Wazemmes and the Wazemmes Accordeon Festival.
Louis Pasteur, the French scientist who created the first vaccine for rabies and anthrax, as well as the pasteurization process, was named dean of the Faculty of Sciences in Lille in 1854. There is now a research institute named after him in Lille.
Lille Office of Tourism
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Travel and Transport
Transpole (Lille transportation system)