Lille is the perfect location for a girls’ getaway and, with Mother’s Day coming up, a long weekend with your Mum would make a fantastic treat for her (and you). In a blatant attempt to persuade you to visit, here are our favourite things to do, eat and drink in Lille. Together they add up to make a Mother’s Day or even a weekend to remember.
Top Ten Things to Do, Eat and Drink in Lille for Mother’s Day
1. Personal Shopper at Printemps
39-45, rue Nationale
Splash out at this famous department store with your very own assistant guiding you to the latest fashions that will flatter your figure and reflect your personality. You’ll need to book it in advance. Tel: +33 (0)3 20 63 62 76.
2. Visit Wazemmes Market
Place de la Nouve Aventure
If markets are more your style than department stores, then a visit to Wazemmes famous Sunday morning market is a must. Pop inside to pick up some fabulous cheeses or wander around the outdoor stalls selling a huge variety of things including flowers, Indian fabrics, antiques and street food from around the world.
Open: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Metro: Line 1 to Gambetta
3. Morning Coffee (and cake) at Coffee Makers
151 rue de Paris
Reputedly serving the best coffee in town, Coffee Makers are also known for their delicious homemade cakes and tasty sandwiches.
4. Cycling Tour of Lille
Perfect for the more active Mum, a cycling tour with Le Grand Huit is a great introduction to the parks and historic sites of the city. You can read about my experience with them on my personal blog, Exploring Lille by bicycle.
5. Lunch at Guinquette de la Marine
8 Avenue Léon Jouhaux
After all that cycling you’ll have worked up an appetite and this quirky riverside brasserie is the perfect place to refuel. Try their Carbonnade Flamande (Beef and beer stew) or their Tarte au Maroilles (Cheese Flan), both traditional to the area and utterly scrumptious. Arrive early to be sure to get a table. Tel: +33 (0)3 20 39 85 43.
6. Afternoon Tea at L’Impertinente
9 boulevard Papin
A fantastic tea room with a warm and friendly atmosphere where the delicious homemade cakes are bound to tempt you.
7. La Piscine, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie André Diligent
23 rue de l’espérance, Roubaix
Not far from Lille in neighbouring Roubaix, which you can easily get to by tram, is my favourite museum and art gallery, La Piscine, a former art deco swimming pool with a fascinating history which you can read about in this previous post, La Piscine, a beautiful museum in Roubaix, Lille.
8. Waffles and chocolates at Méert
27 rue Esquermoise
A beautiful and historic shop and café, famous for its chocolates and waffles. You’ll also find them in Lille’s Printemps store.
9. Champagne at Alliance Couvent des Minimes
17 Quai du Wault
Just ten minutes from Lille’s main square you’ll find the city’s only champagne bar. Located in the glass-roofed courtyard of this 17th century former convent, the hotel beautifully combines many historic features with modern design. (And they are currently running a 3rd night free offer which you can find out more about at the end of this post.)
10. Dine at Basilic Café
24 bis rue Esquermoise
A little further down the same street as Mason Méert, away from the tourist traps of the main square, you’ll find this trendy, reasonably priced restaurant known for their excellent burgers with a twist. They have a number of vegetarian options and I’ve heard they can also offer vegan dishes on request (although talking to them in advance is recommended).
3rd Night free offer at Alliance Couvent des Minimes
To make this Mother’s Day a day to remember, book a long weekend in Lille at one of the many lovely city centre hotels. The elegant Alliance Couvent des Minimes currently has a 3rd night free offer for travel completed between 15th February and the 9th March. With this offer the price for 3 nights, including breakfast and travel by Eurostar, is from £187 per person based on 2 sharing a room. And you can travel in style with an upgrade to Eurostar’s Standard Premier from £73 per person each way.
For more information or to book call 01489 866932.
Please note that the price for the Eurostar element is subject to fare availability.