Old town Lille

Exchange students in Lille : discovering the Old town (Vieux-Lille)

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You are International student and new in town ? Want to know more about Lille? Learn more about the old city : le Vieux Lille. An emblematic and popular district of Lille. Who would refuse to settle down in a gourmet and atypical district which looks like a little village in the heart of a Lille ?

The last part of the city with an architectural style from the former industrial revolution period is located in the old town. All of the buildings are in that period’s style and this is why the Old Lille is such a charming and contrasting place comparing to the city center. Vieux-Lille is a very dynamic area with plenty of unique shops and luxury stores. Other symbolic places like Peuple Belge, Treille‘s cathedral, Place aux Oignons, and also the IAE of Lille can be found in the depths of the the Old Lille. Many students live in this district which brings a warm and active atmosphere. The prices are constantly increasing which is due to the popularity and the considerable appeal of the place.


Here are some special places where you can have fun, just drink a beer, discover some special place or even go on a date !

La capsule : If you are a beer lover, this is the place to be. Near the Cathédrale de la treille, you will have a large variety of beer. Prices are ok, the staff will always be there for you and help you to make your choice. You can go even underground! Facebook page

L’imaginaire : 5 place louise bettignies. This bar is very special, at first, it looks like a normal bar but if you go further, you will find a little terrasse when the sun is always there to warm you up !

Australian bar : 33 Place Louise de Bettignies. If you are talking about a real night out and having fun with your friends, that’s the place. They serve good drinks and they’re organizing a lot of events in this bar. From techno to Electro, house music, you will have a lot of fun down there.


Where is the best spot to chill ?

Parks are always best spots in town if you want to relax and breath ! Take a little break and go to the Park next to La treille.
La treille is a church that has been destroyed during the second world war and has been renovated with new techniques. What’s impressive with this place is that, it doesn’t really looks like a church. We could say that it’s a very special church.

More, around this area, you will find good restaurants and bars.


The best area to have lunch / dinner.

Rue de Gand is definitely the best street if you are hungry !

This street is only composed by restaurants. You can find specialties like cheese plates, tartines or even more typical french food. However, your budget should increase a little bit compared to the city center. The old town is more expensive than the rest in Lille.

Here are some restaurants that will make you taste incredible food !

Le Broc, 17 Place de Béthune is a restaurant about cheese and cheese only. If you are dying from French cheese, that’s the place to be. You have to try at least once during your stay !

Le Vieux de la vieille is an Estaminet located 2-4 Rue des Vieux Murs. This place is simply amazing. As nothern french, we never tasted such good food. Everything is fresh, the staff is amazing, the food looks absolutely delicious and a pure dream to eat in this place.

One of the best choice you could ever make is to go in this Estaminet and taste real french food. Our favorite choice is Poulet au maroilles or Carbonnades Flamande.

Desert are even greater ! You have to try the Pain perdu.

Do you think this would be a nice place for you to live in? Let us know in the comments !

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