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“Typical Flemish town square with a French overlay.”
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Grand place
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Lille City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #3 of 135 things to do in Lille
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Main square where the magnificent 17th-century Vieille Bourse is located.
Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Typical Flemish town square with a French overlay.”
Reviewed 12 June 2012

Unfortunately not fully pedestrianised. Have known it for nearly forty years. Close to 'le vieux Lille' full of narrow streets and slightly up market boutiques and restaurants. If you are in the area it's cute and worth a visit.

Visited May 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Wonderful city square”
Reviewed 9 June 2012

You watch the world go by, visit what I've heard is the largest bookstore in Europe, and indulge in fantastic chocolate and desserts at the high end chocolatier Meert nearby.

Visited June 2012
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“A good place to stop for a coffee”
Reviewed 5 June 2012

This impressive square has typically Flemish architecture. The only thing missing is a massive Gothic Cathedral. It's a good place to stop and enjoy a coffee and patisserie and watch the world go by.

Visited May 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great for a short train stop over”
Reviewed 4 June 2012

If you`re in Lille this is definately worth checking out. Even if you are passing through by train, I suggest booking a 60-90min stop over to give yourself time to see it. A five minute walk from the Lille Flandres train station, and a 10 minute walk from the Lille Europe station you can see the world`s second oldest stock exchange. During the day you can go inside and stand on what was once the trading floor. Behind the veille bourse is the chamber of commerce, a nice building with a large clock tower. The convienence of this place for rail travellers to check out on a stopover makes it worth the rating of 4. If you are going to stop for lunch, don`t eat at one of the places on the main square. There is better and cheaper food a few minute walk in almost every direction.

Visited May 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice square”
Reviewed 27 May 2012

Its a nice square and I bet it would be great when the Christmas market is on. Not the most beautiful square in Europe though.

Visited May 2012
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