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How best to spend a weekend in Lille

Perhaps France’s most underrated major city, Lille has an attractive old town in Flemish style, as well as plenty of cultural highlights and a cutting-edge nightlife scene.
Place du Général de Gaulle in the historic centre of Lille

Friday evening


Wise up on Flemish food at this restaurant with a menu based solidly on expertly prepared regional specialities. The highlight is os à moelle (marrow bone), but other its also worth trying carbonade famande – braised beef stewed with Flemish beer, spice bread and brown sugar (00 33 3 20 14 04 15; 40 rue de Gand; noon–2pm & 7.30pm–10pm Tue–Sat; mains from £7).

L’Illustration specialises in Trappist and artisan beers
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