This is a long overdue post but to recap…
First weekend of September is that time of the year again when the largest flea market in Europe, Braderie de Lille, takes place. Seeing as we enjoyed it so much last year, we hopped on the train again this year, especially taking advantage of any immigration chaos before Brexit.
It was very convenient from King’s Cross St Pancras station. We were in Lille within two hours. Crowne Plaza is a good hotel to stay in if you want to be right next to the train station.
The merchandises did not seem as interesting as last year; it could be because 1) the novelty has worn off and 2) it seems more crowded than last year. Anyhow, we still enjoyed walking around while the entire city centre was pedestrianised, browsing all the stalls, eating baguettes and taking photos. A very relaxing weekend with minimal planning required.
The highlight was probably dinner at L’Annexe which was one of the best meals we had in awhile. We loved the scandi style decor with wooden tables, leather seats and hanging lights. Instead of the typical mussels and fries that dominated every restaurant’s menu on this weekend, we had one of the most intensely flavoured mussels amuse bouche. Dinner was about €33 per person. The half hour walk to the restaurant was totally worth it.
If this post has piqued your interest, the next Braderie de Lille will be on 5th – 6th September 2020.