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Situated on the northern border of France, Lille is thought to have been some form of settlement from as far back as 2,000BC. Today the city proudly displays its historic heritage and has fast become a popular destination for a European city break. 

Lille is a complete mix of old and new and its vibrant and dynamic atmosphere means that it is constantly moving and developing with the times. There are a selection of historic buildings and famous cobbled narrow streets, an excellent choice of bars and restaurants and some of the best art galleries and museums outside of Paris.

The city has hints of Spanish, Dutch and German, yet is still a really exquisite French city at its heart, full of beautiful Flemish and Belgian influence in its architecture and cuisine. 



If you're shopping with little ones in tow, then pop into Lille's very own "family concept store", Little & Tall. It's an Aladdin's cave of treats for all ages, from tiny leather booties to fancy face masks and floral lampshades. 9 rue Bartholomé Masurel, 59800. littleandtall.fr

If you're planning a hen or stag do, or simply need to recharge your batteries, then a break at Kurma Bien-Être could be just what the doctor ordered. This eco friendly destination, just outside of Lille, is the ideal place to reconnect with nature and your calmest self. www.xn--kurma-bientre-yhb.com/


The exhibition, De Picasso à Séraphine, Wilhelm Uhde et les Primitifs Modernes is a rare chance to get to know the Naïve Art movement, by peeking into the collections of one of its champions, German art collector Wilhelm Uhde. Until 7 January 2018. musee-lam.fr

Following their "creation residency" at the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille, artists François Andes, Pascal Marquilly and Gaëlle Luca have teamed up for the Chimère Lille exhibition. Using the museum and its collections as their inspiration, with a particular focus on endangered species, they have succeeded in breathing new life into the old institution. Until 18 September 2017. mhn.lille.fr

The Michel Nedjar, Introspective exhibition at the Art Brut museum LaM in Villeneuve d'Ascq (Lille's neighbouring city) is well worth making a detour for. It examines themes which fascinated the artist and Art Brut scout, from death to magic and travel. Nedjar may be best-known for his dolls made of cloth and mud, but this exhibition also sheds light on pieces from other genres including sculpture, painting and experimental cinema. Until 4 June 2017. musee-lam.fr

For quick bite of culture, catch a lunchtime concert by the Orchestre National de Lille. Expect musical masterpieces from the likes of Beethoven and Schumann without breaking the bank (tickets are priced between €5 and €10). The first three concerts of 2017 are slated for 20 January, 3 March and 22 March at 12:30. www.onlille.com

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Cinephiles should check out L'Hybride - a cultural destination dedicated to the seventh art where you can catch under-celebrated movies from the comfort of a vintage sofa. As well as a programme full of independent gems, there are also regular events including cine-concerts, cine-BBQs and bi-annual exhibitions. Add a charming bar to the mix and you have yourself a film lover's dream night out. Pass the popcorn please! http://lhybride.org/

If you're in Lille with kids then Planète Mômes, a kinder-friendly zone, is a must-visit. Why not enjoy a spot of shopping, you might just find an uber-chic outfit for your little one. Children can also take part in interactive workshops or dance classes, as well as getting their photo taken or sussing out their circus skills. planetemomes-lille.com

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