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Top 10 Ways to Dine in Style When Visiting Lille, France

Top 10 Ways to Dine in Style When Visiting Lille, France

by George Black

Lille is a beautifully historic city nestled in the north of France. It dates back more than 1,000 years, with the first mentions of it found in the pre-Medieval period. This location has been a magnet for business, culture, and art since its conception.

With cultural influence from all over Europe, Lille is a city that stands out for its amazing cuisine. So whether you are looking for a casual meal or an unforgettable dining experience, a restaurant in Lille is perfect for you. Here are 10 must-try dining experiences in Lille.

1. Delectable Italian-inspired risotto dishes
Delectable Italian-inspired risotto dishes
Risotto

This dish comes from Northern Italy whose climate is ideal for growing rice (riso means 'rice'). The key ingredient is semi-rounded short-grain rice cooked with meat, fish or vegetable broth. Try risotto with parmesan cheese and white wine. Add saffron for flavour and yellow colour.

#75 of 3029 restaurants in Lille
Italian
107 Rue Saint-André, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France
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If you're looking for a comfortable restaurant to settle in with a warm plate of French-Italian cuisine, Bacio Divino is the perfect place for you.

Here you will find classic French delicacies with an Italian twist, such as their burrata grilled to perfection before it is topped with fresh mozzarella. Their menu boasts an extensive array of risotto dishes, but the truffle risotto is an absolute favorite for anyone who has been to this cozy restaurant. For dessert, an array of options are available, including the light and airy tiramisu or the perfectly prepared panna cotta. Finally, don't forget to pair your meal with a selection from their extensive wine list for the ultimate French-Italian dining experience. 

2. Camembert is great for brunch
Camembert is great for brunch
#6 of 281 Italian restaurants in Lille
French, European
17 Pl. de Béthune, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France
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Le Broc is known as one of the top restaurants in Lille, and it's easy to see why.

Conveniently located along the historic rue de Bethune, this French restaurant is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for an intimate dinner with your travel companions. Start out with their delightful fondue, prepared from a select variety of fresh cheeses in their kitchen. If you're craving more, you can also order their famous camembert as your entrée. If you're not in the mood for cheese, they also have a variety of other French menu items to choose from, such as croque-monsieur, tartiflette, and even some delicious burgers. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy at Le Broc.

3. Raclette is a traditional treat
Raclette is a traditional treat
Raclette

Traditionally raclette is a dish is of melted cheese and boiled potatoes served with small gherkins and pickled onions along with dried meats, ham, and sausages, etc.

French, Fast food
1 Rue du Château d'Isenghien, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France
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If you're looking for traditional French cuisine served to perfection, you'll want to head over to Le Ch'ti Charivari.

This upbeat location offers delicious potato dishes topped with warm and gooey raclette. Here you can find more than just great French food; their menu also features a variety of signature burgers served with a salad and a heaping portion of French fries.

4. Fluffy, Belgian-inspired waffles
Fluffy, Belgian-inspired waffles
#18 of 1383 cafes in Lille
French
2-4 Rue des Vieux Murs, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France
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Another foreign influence on the city of Lille comes from their neighboring country, Belgium. To taste the best Belgian waffles in Lille, you need to check out Estaminet Au Vieux de la Vieille.

This restaurant offers guests a cozy atmosphere for dining and chatting, which is a welcome shift from the lively area where it is located. While they have a variety of delicious dinner options on their menu, this restaurant is best known for its delightful desserts. There are plenty of options to choose from, such as their crème brulee, fruit tarts, stuffed crepes, and, of course, their light and fluffy Belgian waffles served with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

5. Tapas paired with refreshing drinks
Tapas paired with refreshing drinks
Tapas

Tapas refers to any snack served at the bar for beer or wine. It can be nuts, chips or olives, or independent dishes like seafood, sandwiches, different cold and hot appetizers. Often, small "tapas" are included in the cost of the drink. A popular entertainment of the Spaniards is to move from the bar to the bar, drinking wine or beer and eat tapas.

#71 of 3029 restaurants in Lille
Spanish
117 Rue Solférino, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France
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Another thing that Lille is known for is its lively nightlife setting. Here you can find bars and restaurants open late and serving hot food all night long. Of course, one of the best locations for drinks and French tapas is Pica Tapas.

Here you will find a variety of small plates to choose from that pair perfectly with their delicious collection of sangria, mojitos, and extensive wine list. Order for the whole table or just for yourself! 

6. Moules frites are for healthy eaters
Moules frites are for healthy eaters
Moules frites

It is a plate of French fries and fresh mussels. There are many ways to serve mussels: in its own juice, with a small amount of greenery, with light sauce and herbs, with a spicy sauce, with beer sauce.

#138 of 3029 restaurants in Lille
French
62 Rue de Gand, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France
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If you're looking for an extensive menu of authentic French options, you'll want to check out the cuisine at  A Taaable.

Here you'll find a variety of traditional dishes available, including their delectable moules frites. These shelled mussels can be served in multiple different ways. Try them with a variety of freshly steamed vegetables, or pair them with a heaping portion of salty French fries. The choice is yours!

7. Fondue is a Swiss dessert for an evening of culture
Fondue is a Swiss dessert for an evening of culture
Fondue

It's a dish made of melted cheese and white wine. Two kinds of cheese are melted in the hot wine. Then spices are added. Fondue is eaten hot right from the pot by dipping pieces of white bread or vegetables with special forks.

#2 of 384 restaurants with desserts in Lille
French, European
64 Rue de Gand, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France
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If you're looking for the best fondue in Lille, you will want to stop by La Creperie de Lille.

Here you can find exquisite vats of fondue served with your choice of small bites ranging from seafood to baguettes. Another must-try menu item is their sweet and delicious Nutella crepes. Complete your meal with a refreshing white wine or cider for the perfect French pairing.

8. Foie gras is the ultimate French luxury dish
Foie gras is the ultimate French luxury dish
Foie gras

A luxury dish made of a duck or goose liver. It is a real delicacy with rich, buttery and delicate taste. It is part of France heritage by the country law.

#32 of 3029 restaurants in Lille
French
19 Rue de Gand, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France
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If you're a foie gras lover visiting Lille, we have the perfect spot for you. La Fleur de Lille serves up classic French favorites and is known to have the best foie gras in the area.

This perfectly seasoned dish is the ideal way to begin your authentically French meal. Everything on their menu is made from scratch in their own kitchen, using only the freshest ingredients.

9. Choux pastries are essential for French desserts
Choux pastries are essential for French desserts
Choux

This is a small ball of brewed dough, inside it is almost hollow. During baking, the cake rises, air bubbles appear inside, due to this, and voids are formed, into which the cream is poured.

#3 of 3029 restaurants in Lille
French
50 Rue de la Halle, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France
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Treat yourself to a sweet French dessert treat when you head over to Rouge Barre near the Le Musee de la Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle.

This restaurant is known for traditional and contemporary French cuisine, including its light and fluffy desserts. The choux pastries served here are perfectly prepared and big enough to share with a friend. Try a serving of puff pastries filled to the brim with rich pastry cream and topped with a drizzle of caramel sauce. You won't regret it!

10. Consomme Soup is a French staple
Consomme Soup is a French staple
Consomme

A clear soup which is made of rich clarified bouillon. It is served with fresh greens. Low-fat meat is perfect for cooking the bouillon.

#40 of 3029 restaurants in Lille
Canadian, European, French
bis, 1 Rue Princesse, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France
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You will want to head over to La Luck for authentic food that is finger-licking good.

The friendly and welcoming atmosphere of this restaurant will leave you breathless. Here you can find delectable desserts and hearty entrees prepared to perfection. One of their most popular menu items is their consommé soup. This broth is simmered for hours to combine each of the ingredients seamlessly. Pair it alongside your main dish, or try it on its own. You can't go wrong when you dine at La Luck.

Bon Appetite!

Lille is a city with a rich and diverse cultural history. This is reflected in the city's cuisine, which offers something for everyone. So whether you're looking for a casual meal or an unforgettable dining experience, a restaurant in Lille is perfect for you.

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