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“Sorry not a patch on Bruges”
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Grand place
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Lille City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #3 of 147 things to do in Lille
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Owner description: Main square where the magnificent 17th-century Vieille Bourse is located.
Reviewed August 16, 2013

We were rather disappointed after all the good reviews for Lille and the Grande Place but then our benchmark Bruges is very difficult to live up to. Like much of Lille it reflects the state of the economy and there are many vagrants (man and a can) about, which although are not a problem can make you feel uncomfortable.
Again like most of Lille English is not widely spoken and signage in English almost invisible so if your French is poor like ours you will have no idea what the restaurants are offering. We even had problems ordering in MacDonalds which could have been the staff having a laugh at our expense. How can they not understand McNuggets when there is a big display on the wall you're pointing to?
Yes we had a good weekend but would we go back- No, it's Bruges again for us for so many reasons.

3  Thank Tony_Sell
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Wow ! What a wonderful square this is. Buzzing with people, activities , chatter and movement. Lots of colourful shops and restaurants , great for taking a few moments for yourself. Very spacious and plenty of street entertainment . Very attractive square!

1  Thank Milly M
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Beautiful buildings edged with bars, cafes and restaurants. The vibrant heart of the city. Lille seems less equipped to deal with tourists than say Paris and our pathetic French was tested to the max. If you're eating out here - do so e homework/practice first!

Thank kaf1sh
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

A nice old town square with some good restaurants and bars. A pleasent place to while away some time people watching over a good beer or two

Thank Camspig
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

I stayed in the Grande Hotel Bellevue overlooking this stunning view. The architecture is amazing and each direction off the Grande Place leads to beautiful cobbled streets full of restaurants and a variety of other shops which are all made to blend in with the surroundings

Thank hollyb3
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