Oops! Thanks Guanche for this note. My friends from Lille always take me to this Brasserie, so that I can enjoy my traditional "Welsh", a really greasy dish, I'll confess what it's made of: One slice of bread soaked in beer (on the bottom), covered by about 2 or 3 inches of melted cheddar cheese ... And served with a portion of chips! That and a beer, and you'll be able to withstand the climate of Lille and a nap like little angels!
This restaurant is an old bar "bonneterie", I.e. a lingerie store for women, which was converted into a cafe 30 years ago. It's situated in Lille´s Theatre Square, right opposite the chamber of commerce of the city. It is one of the most famous cafes in France, because it has recently recorded a movie that 20 million French people saw, "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis", a comedy about people in northern France. Two generations had managed the lingerie business, but the son, seeing the central location, decided to turn it into a cafe, leaving the mannequins and the typical business objects of their grandparents behind. They serve mussels and fries, as do most of the bars in Lille, and they are delicious. There is a great selection of Belgian and French beers. The facade of the building, from the eighteenth century, is a historic monument. There is a terrace for days when the weather is good, and it is also heated in winter. It is always very busy.
Aux Moules is a traditional restaurant situated in the old district of Lille. They opened in 1930, and the restaurant still retains this old atmosphere of a time that was very successful for the city, with industrial development throughout the region. The food served is typical of the region of Flanders, a Franco - Belgian region. The specialty, with the same name as the restaurant, are the mussels, which are prepared using a variety of different sauces and stir-fries. In Bethune Street, which is a pedestrian street, you have no problem spotting the facade of the restaurant, which is restored but ancient. During braderie, which is the largest street sale of second-hand and antiques in France, sold both mussels which were piled up high like a mountain on the street and then served in buckets that they then take to the kitchen in order to be prepared. Mussels are one of the favorite dishes of the French Fast food and there you have a chance to try how they prepare them in one of the most traditional places.
The celebrated restaurant La Chicorey (chicory) located in the heart of the city of Lille, just off Rihour subway is within walking distance of the Grand Place. Having visited several times I have never encountered any problems. The food is good offering typical dishes of the region, for a very good price. The only "criticism" that you can make is that there are very few vegetarian options. Maybe vegetarianism in France is not as developed as in Anglo-Saxon countries and although the restaurant is always busy, they must lose clientele of this ilk. The waiters are not always very friendly, but it is due to the noon rush.
Akira is a sushi restaurant which is located in the old center of Lille, near the Lilles Flandres station. It is a rather small establishment, but the staff work hard and also offer a take out and delivery service. If you order by phone to your hotel or home, you get free delivery plus a 10% discount. The food is cooked fresh, right there in front of you. I almost always like sushi but this selection was particularly tasty and very good. The prices are average for this type of restaurant, 15 euros for a dish of sushi and sashimi. If you are going to eat there, the dishes are well presented in wooden boats of different sizes filled with sushi and decorated with carved vegetables. The service is discreet and friendly and served fairly quickly. It is best to book or call ahead to give them your order and it will be ready when you arrive.
Kokoa is a dream for those of you ice cream lovers out there! They have flavors nutella, chocolate flecks, yogurt, muffins, coconut, white chocolate, and so on and so forth. They have all the best flavors! You can also enjoy waffles and different kinds of teas, chocolate, coffee, etc. But if you fancy an ice cream in Lille, this is the place to go!
If there is a special place to eat traditional Wissant, It has to be the Hotel Restaurant Le Normandy. Much more famous in the area as a restaurant than a hotel. Personally I can only speak from my experience. The decor, a very traditional French countryside theme,while the service was excellent and the bonus was they spoke perfect English. Its strengths are local fish and shellfish, including some seafood. All that plus local wines and how could it be otherwise, magnificent cheeses. It also offers salmon and meats. With regard to prices, there is something for everyone after you can eat a la carte menu. I must say that both options are at reasonable prices, considering we're talking about the freshest products and top quality. If you want to try the local cuisine, without doubt this is the place to come to!
I discovered the Pain Quotidien in Lille because my friends are fond of the place ... It's a franchise, but in this case, in all honesty, ve cares? Here you are welcomed with a family atmosphere and a traditional décor which reminds you of the cocoa you used to drink during your childhood, wooden tables for groups or couples, with shelves full of homemade jams and other crafts ... A hot chocolate, a slice of toasted bread filled with cheese and other things, a pastry for dessert or snack, a coffee, a salad ... Everything for everyone! And there is a small terrace outside for sunny days or the brave ve want to endure the cold that is getting closer ...! Oh and I forget: you can buy to take away at the counter at the entrance ... Bon appétit!
If you want to eat a traditional and local bread, I suggest you go to the Main Street Bakery. The charming owner is Catherine, and she will entice you with the delicious homemade breads that she has baking for more than eighteen years. Among its specialties; various 100% yeast breads, among which are the bread and bread Helios Hardelot (a bread with olives, raisins, hazelnuts and spelled, very good for bowel movements), without forgetting the Seed Champions (Grain of Champions), with cereals. During my visit, I had the privilege to taste a coucougnette. Even though this is a specialty in my region of the southwest, it was actually the first time I had ever tried one! Is simply a sweet almond chocolate coated black and covered with a layer of pasta Almond containing a glass of Armagnac. It is hand rolled and sprinkled with raspberry juice (which gives it its red color). A true delight!
Behind its beautiful showcase, which has showcases that highlight blue cats, you'll see the chocolate Chat Bleu will delight young and old. Founded in Touquet in 1912, the Chat Bleu is definitely the chocolate to visit. A delight for the senses. Among the specialties of the house, enjoy the famous Chat Bleu (a sweet black chocolate praline mousse filling between two layers of nougat), or the Souris (a chocolate milk chocolate praline filling in sheets). In addition, you can return with suitcases full of real chocolate bars, fine and fondat, that blend original flavors (orange, cinnamon milk, tea, coffee, ...). There are shelves with so much candy that any child would stop and stare, slack-jawed. Their gum in their hang pipe or candy, as well as bâtons zan (the famous strips of licorice). If you stop by this gorgeous little shop feel free to indulge!
Charming decor and an exceptional menu. You can find a wide selection of different sandwiches, hot and cold, with flavours from home and abroad. There are also some truly delicious cakes! We felt right at home here, and the service is continuous, so if you want to eat at a non-peak time, no problem. I would recommend it every time!
Paul is a famous chain of old-time bakeries. I love the breads made with sesame and cereals. They are so delicious and last a long time. I went to the original family store that Paul founded over a century ago. Now it has become a restaurant - a perfect place at noon when you are visiting the old center of Lille. You can eat very well here, it's not very expensive and the dishes served quickly. You can choose from a selection of sandwiches, crepes and quiches. They are all simple dishes made with fresh ingredients. A midday menu costs around 12 euros. Also it's in a landmark building in the opera square overlooking the theater and the old stock exchange. It is one of the most charming places Lille.
This restaurant has stood here in Lille since the year 2003, and invites you to enjoy a taste of traditional cuisine from the north or Provence. On sunny days, you can relax on the large terrace enjoying a good dinner.
A showcase of art deco, where you can find delicious chocolate, ice cream, sweets, and more. The specialty is the vanilla waffles. The recipe has remained the same for the past century, and it is absolutely delicious!
This is a Japanese restaurant offering classic sushi, maki, sashimi, yakitori, udon noodles and tempura, all accompanied by cucumber salad, miso soup, and rice. There aren't many dessert options, but all the food is great.
This is a restaurant where they make culinary wonders with a great price-quality ratio. Budget around 15-30 euros per person.
It's a typical atmosphere and you'll eat well.
You can also enjoy the two beautiful neighborhoods of old Lille that are very nice.
I highly recommend this place!