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La Grande Braderie de Lille

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Sharon C wrote a review Sep 2019
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom29 contributions19 helpful votes
We are frequent visitors to antiques markets in England, but wanted to give this a try. We arrived Friday morning and went straight out to where the 'dealers' were. I generally found prices were extortionately steep and the vendors were not prepared to budge at all. It appeared the price they quoted, was the price they expected. I was not there to be ripped off! On Saturday, the main event kicked off and it is HUGE. I am still not sure we walked it all even after the two days. There are some lovely items, but was not prepared to pay over the odds. The same happened with the food and drinks. Friday afternoon a beer was 5 Euro and the same beer the next day was suddenly up to 7Euro. You just get the feeling of being taken advantage of. It was mightily busy: restaurants were heaving, bars were heaving and the icing on the cake were the 8 toilet blocks that only had 3 female cubicles in each. That is 24 toilets for all the females at that fair: when they can have over 2 million visitors I will leave you to imagine the queues. The disabled toilets were locked, so I had to queue up with the rest of them.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Maria B wrote a review Sep 2019
Wallsend, United Kingdom77 contributions5 helpful votes
We arrived in Lille early Saturday afternoon and headed straight out into the throng, the streets were heaving with people selling their wares, as we arrived in the centre there are lots of cobbled streets intertwining with music blaring and moules frites at every turn. Live music, dancing on tables, friendly people absolutely my cup of tea. Some kind person even handed my phone in when I’d lost it I was most surprised and relieved! Braderie de Lille you have been a blast.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jay A wrote a review Sep 2018
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First time at the Braderie and we thought it was great. Free to wander round, a mix of car boot collectibles and antique/vintage stalls with lots of interesting things. A great little funfair park for little ones in Lille too (not the temporary Braderie one, the permanent one Citapark) which was a nice balance for my 5 year old after we’d spent a lot of time wandering around the stalls. He does enjoy looking with us and when he finds his own little collectibles to buy it’s nice as we all collect something. I collect 80’s toys and found quite a bit there and the prices were pretty much the same as in London. We stayed at a hotel just outside the Braderie zone and it was well worth it as the noise level was much lower so we could get some much needed sleep after 7 miles of walking round Lille. Nice people, friendly atmosphere and although it is really busy and crowded, you could get a good look at each stall if you take your time. All-round good fun if you like this sort of thing.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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sidneyworm wrote a review Sep 2018
Sheffield, United Kingdom20 contributions5 helpful votes
after leaving a disappointing review last year we decided to give it another go this year and am pleased to say that it has improved vastly, we stayed for around 8 hours and didn't quite get to see it all, generally much bigger and better than last year's disappointment after 20 years of excellent braderie! Prices very expensive this year though.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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ArthuWilson wrote a review Sep 2018
Arnhem, The Netherlands117 contributions116 helpful votes
I attend the braderie as a buyer of collectable items which has always been the main attraction of Lille. This years event over 3 days was dismal, yes there are miles of stalls but the quality dealers are few in number.I would estimate genuine antique stalls at a mere 10% with 40% of stalls selling car boot tat and new items, the remaining 50% are supposed residents of lille who set up outside they're houses selling what i can only call rubbish out of the cupboards which should have gone to the dump. The number of people is huge but most are youngsters who attend for the nightlife. Lille is a lovely place but this weekend is no longer viable as a buying trip from the uk, prices were very high with little haggling by dealers. I think in the uk were spoilt with numerous large antique and flea events most weekends. If your going to party you will enjoy the event otherwise save your money for markets elsewhere.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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