6 Delicious Restaurants in Lille

Lille is a great choice for a food-focused city break in France. Its eminently walkable old town is full of pretty historical architecture, with plenty of delicious restaurants and places to enjoy a sweet treat.

Six Delicious Restaurants in Lille

Fondue | Traditional Flemish Tavern | Modern Flemish | Burger | Crêpe | Pizza | Sweet Treats

Fondue – Le Broc du Vieux Lille

Exterior at Le Broc du Vieux Lille

Cheese and tomato starter at Le Broc du Vieux Lille
Our visit to Lille was during an intensely hot week in summer, so it’s no surprise that Le Broc wasn’t as busy as usual on the day we visited. Hot, melting cheese doesn’t appeal to everyone in that kind of weather. Me? I’m always ready for cheese, and loved the impressive range of fondues on offer on the menu.

We started with a shared plate from the summer season specials menu, Ricotta aux tomates confites, pain grillé a l’huile d’olive et aux herbes de Provence (ricotta with confit tomatoes, and toast with olive oil and Provencal herbs, €7.50).

Fondue at Le Broc du Vieux Lille

Fondue at Le Broc du Vieux Lille
Next we shared La Fondue Franche-Comté (a mix of Comté and Emmental cheeses with lardons, cèp mushrooms and chives, €18.60 per person) served with potatoes, tomato, green salad and mixed charcuterie. This was everything you’d want from a fondue; a huge pot of well-flavoured melted cheese flecked with mushrooms, ham and chives, and the perfect plate of accompaniments to dip and enjoy with it.

Fondue at Le Broc du Vieux Lille

Interior at Le Broc du Vieux Lille

Interior at Le Broc du Vieux Lille


Île flottante at Le Broc du Vieux Lille
Even though we absolutely didn’t need it, we couldn’t resist an of Île flottante (€5.90) to share, a beautiful cloud of meringue over custard.

Traditional Flemish Tavern – Estaminet Chez La Vieille

French Flanders, like the Flemish region of Belgium to its north, loves its estaminets – old-fashioned taverns serving beer, wine and traditional regional dishes.

Exterior of Estaminet Chez la Vieille

Interior of Estaminet Chez la Vieille
Lille has its fair share, including three run by the same owners: Estaminet Chez la Vieille, L’Estaminet du Welsh and La Vieille France, all located along restaurant-crammed Rue de Gand.

at Chez la Vieille

at Chez la Vieille
Keen to try local specialities, we ordered a slice each of two pastry tarts to start.

Goyère au Carré du Vinage (regional cheese tart, €5.50) features a full fat raw cow’s milk cheese, mixed with cream, and often a little brown beer, to create a quiche-like filling.

Tatin de Boudin noir aux Pommes (black pudding and pear tart, €5.95) combines the earthy flavour of black pudding with a layer of sweet apples.

Simple and hearty, these are also available as mains, though the starter portions are pretty substantial.

at Chez la Vieille

Man dining in Chez la Vieille
Never one to turn down more cheese, Pete’s Poulet au Maroilles (chicken gratinated with Maroilles cheese, €14.50) was a huge portion of tender chicken in a richly cheesed sauce, grilled to brown the surface. Served with an equally outrageous portion of chips, this would readily feed two people, let alone one who’s already had a starter. Delicious though!

at Chez la Vieille

at Chez la Vieille
My Carbonnades Flamandes (beef stewed in brown beer, spices and beet sugar, €13.80), served with fries was an excellent example of this popular stew, deeply caramelised to give a deep, meaty flavour, and tender too.

Dessert platter at Chez la Vieille

We really didn’t need dessert but felt like lingering so we shared L’Assiette Gourmande (miniature portions of crème brulée, speculoos mousse and violet ice cream, €6.40). I’m always a fan of this kind of taster plate for desserts, as all I usually want is a spoonful or two of dessert and that’s plenty. All three were decent.

Modern Flemish – Bloempot

Describing itself as a Flemish canteen, Bloempot offers an eyes-closed (“les yeux fermé”) menu; essentially a no-choice meal with all diners being served the same food.

Bloempot - Modern Flemish Restaurant in Lille

Bloempot - Modern Flemish Restaurant in Lille

Bloempot - Modern Flemish Restaurant in Lille
Finding Bloempot can be a little tricky, as the entrance is through a subtly-marked blue door that opens into a cobbled driveway. The restaurant is at the end, with a few outdoor tables set up in the driveway itself. The restaurant space is rustic and open, with rugged wooden tables set with paper bags of bread.

Interior of Bloempot - Modern Flemish Restaurant in Lille

Bread served at Bloempot Restaurant in Lille
During our recent visit, Bloempot offered a 3 course €25 lunch menu, but that’s no longer available. Instead, choose from “Taste of our kitchen” (€40) or “Our kitchen’s full experience” (€60).

First course served at Bloempot Restaurant in Lille

First course served at Bloempot Restaurant in Lille
First, a tartare of trout, with cucumber for cool crunch and dill for flavour, this was pleasantly light and fresh.

Main dish served at Bloempot Restaurant in Lille

Dessert served at Bloempot Restaurant in Lille
Next, a main that was described simply as “pork”, served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables. A beautiful piece of meat, deftly cooked to caramelise the surface without drying out the tender meat inside. Full of flavour

Dessert was a pretty bowl of creme brulee (custard with shards of caramel), red fruit and thin, crunchy wafers. Light, full of flavour and a great end for a delicious lunch.

Burger – Le Comptoir Volant

We love a good burger, and the burgers at Le Comptoir Volant in the old town are very good!

Exterior of Burgers Le Comptoir Volant Burger Restaurant in Lille

Beef and love neon sign at Burgers Le Comptoir Volant Burger Restaurant in Lille
The menu is short, with three or four different burgers at any one time; they switch and add new variations on the menu regularly.

Burger and fries at Burgers Le Comptoir Volant Burger Restaurant in Lille

Burger at Burgers Le Comptoir Volant Burger Restaurant in Lille
The Original features aged cheddar, fried onions, pickles, mustard and ketchup. Most customers opt for a meal of burger, fries and a drink, for approximately €12.50.

Burgers are juicy, and full of flavour. Fries are excellent.

Beef and love neon sign at Burgers Le Comptoir Volant Burger Restaurant in Lille

Note that most of the seating is upstairs via a very narrow, and somewhat rickety spiral staircase, not for the fainthearted!

Crêpes – La Crêperie de la Vieille Bourse

When the weather is good, it’s lovely to enjoy a meal outside, especially if the street is pedestrian only. So it is at La Crêperie de la Vieille Bourse, just off the Grand Place.

There are tables inside too, but be warned, this place is busy and many of the tables are booked in advance.

La Crêperie de la Vieille Bourse Restaurant in Lille

Glasses of cider and beer at La Crêperie de la Vieille Bourse Restaurant in Lille
The menu offers savoury and sweet crepes, as well as pizzas, both very popular.

Galette at La Crêperie de la Vieille Bourse Restaurant in Lille

We enjoyed a Crêpe Salée Fermière (Reblochon cheese, potatoes, onion, and smoked ham, €10.90) and a Crêpe Salée Merguez Emmental Oeuf (spiced sausage, Emmental cheese and egg, €8.50), all washed down with cider and beer.

Pizza – La Bottega Pizzeria

La Bottega Pizzeria is a sister restaurant to a delicatessen, a pasta factory (which they call a laboratory), and several additional restaurants, all Italian.

Place Aux Oignons, close to La Bottega Pizzeria in Rue au Péterinck

Diner with drinks at La Bottega Pizzeria Restaurant in Lille
Located on Rue au Péterinck, in the old town, just a few paces away from the pretty Place aux Oignons, La Bottega Pizzeria offers indoor and outdoor seating, and has several larger tables for family groups.

Pizza at La Bottega Pizzeria Restaurant in Lille

Pizza and drink at La Bottega Pizzeria Restaurant in Lille
After an aperol spritz and cold beer to recover from the summer heat, we ordered a Terrona pizza (organic tomatoes, mozzarella, spicy Napoli salami, parmesan cheese grated over after cooking, €11.50) and a white Testa pizza (cooked with mozzarella, then topped with buffalo mozzarella balls, organic cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese after cooking, €14.00).

Shared mini desserts at La Bottega Pizzeria Restaurant in Lille

We didn’t really need dessert but shared the Caffe Goloso (miniature portions of classic tiramisu, speculoos tiramisu, panna cotta with red fruits, with an espresso, €7.50).

Sweet Treats in Lille

You may need to eat out for lunch and dinner to enjoy all the great restaurants of Lille but don’t miss out on my recommended places to stop for a few wonderful sweet treats between meals.

Aux Merveilleux de Fred

There are four branches of this store in Lille; one near La Vieille Bourse (the old stock exchange), another in Lille old town, one in Lille Flandres station, and the fourth on Rue Léon-Gambetta, just opposite the Wazemmes Covered Market.

Marché Couvert de Wazemmes in Lille

Exterior of Aux Merveilleux de Fred in Lille

Les Merveilleux inside Aux Merveilleux de Fred in Lille
Although the chain is also known for their cramiques (brioche breakfast breads), it’s their merveilleux for which they are truly celebrated.

These small cakes traditionally consist of two light meringues sandwiched together with whipped cream, and coated in more whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Frédéric Vaucamps developed additional flavours such as coffee, cherry, praline and many more.

“Melt in the mouth” is such a cliche of an expression and yet it’s hard to think of anything for which its more apt than these pretty puffs of deliciousness.

Les Merveilleux from Aux Merveilleux de Fred in Lille

Les Merveilleux from Aux Merveilleux de Fred in Lille
Buy a selection in store; it’s cheaper in a regular box rather than the gift “coffret” and enjoy quickly, while fresh.

Meert

One of Lille’s much loved institutions, Meert was established back in 1761, quickly becoming known for waffles, chocolate and ice cream. The beautiful and flamboyant architecture we see today was created in the 1800s, by architects Charles Benvignat and Alphonse Alexandre Leroy.

Meert in Lille

Meert in Lille

Meert in Lille

Belgian businessman Michael Paulus Gislinus Méert took ownership in 1849, further developing the range of pastries and sweets on offer. The elegant tea room was created, followed by an art deco salon, with the shop front areas to the front.

Meert in Lille

Meert in Lille

Meert in Lille
Although there is a restaurant on site, we went for tea, coffee and some of Meert’s sweet treats including their famous waffle.

Le Roy René

Calissons hail from Aix-en-Provence in the South of France, and happen to be one of my favourites.

Exterior of Le Roy René store in Lille

Interior of Le Roy René store in Lille
These leaf shaped treats are made from a paste of candied fruit and almonds, with a thin layer of royal icing. Imagine marzipan with fruit flavour mixed in, and that little sugar kick of icing on top.

Interior of Le Roy René store in Lille

Famous brand Le Roy René have a store in Lille where you can pick and mix from the many flavours on offer, paying by the weight. They last well so are a great gift to bring back home.

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39 Comments to "6 Delicious Restaurants in Lille"

  1. Nikki Godwin

    Some of this food looks almost too good to eat! I love eating out in France, there is a certain elegance about it. These places look some good places to check out!

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  2. Kelly

    Wow…the French sure have some great food! I’m with you never enough cheese. I love cheese fondue!

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  3. Shreya Saha

    Estaminet Chez La Vielle is my favorite from your list. I would certainly like to have experience traditional Flemish tavern. I wish there are more plant based food options. I have a sweet tooth, so Aux Merveilleux de Fred would do the justice for sure when in Lille.

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    kaveyeats

    I’ve not found France the best destination for vegetarian food but it’s getting better for sure, so I’m sure there will be some options these days.

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  4. Arnav Mathur

    This post literally had me drooling over the food. There seems to be plenty of amazing food options to try out in Lille, and I loved how apart from giving a realistic picture about the food, you’ve also mentioned the cost.

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    kaveyeats

    I find that budget is a consideration for many travellers, so I like to include prices where I can!

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  5. Mayi

    This post is making me hungry but sadly It’s too early for lunch. Anything with cheese and bread makes me happy! I have never been to Lille but hope to explore one day.

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  6. umiko

    I think I fall in love with the La Fondue Franche-Comte. Your description and the picture that goes with it make me mouth watering. I would like to try the burger, too. It is always intrigue me to taste the burger outside the US. Juicy or not? Good or not? And I will make sure to have room for Caffe Goloso. They look so delicious!

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  7. Brenna

    Wow! All of these places look amazing! Trying new restaurants is one of my favorite parts of traveling!

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  8. Chloe

    There are so many amazing places to eat at in France! This guide features some great options! When I go back, I’ll have to consult with this before making my culinary decisions.

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  9. Lora

    I always love restaurant posts since I’m a foodie! You have some really amazing photos.. I got hungry as I read 🙂 I haven’t been to Lille yet, but I’ll sure be going to La Crêperie de la Vieille Bourse when I get to visit.

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  10. Vaisakhi Mishra

    Wow. All I knew about Lille was the architecture and its flemish roots. But seems like it should also be known for food!!! The French sure love cheese and desserts 😀

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  11. Medha Verma

    What a fantastic selection of places. Just like you, I am always happy to have hot melted cheese so I am definitely putting Fondue in my list of places in Lille. Also, I have a sweet tooth and the meringue cakes in Aux Merveilleux de Fred look absolutely sumptuous!

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    kaveyeats

    It’s hard to resist melted cheese but yes those merveilleux sure are a worthwhile break from the cheese!

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  12. Jen

    Thanks for a great introduction to the marvellous range of food in Lille. I’m hoping to visit this year so will note all of these and try as many as possible!

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    kaveyeats

    Hope you find it useful, do let me know if you visit any, would love to know if you had a great experience as we did!

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  13. Michelle

    Oh yum! This all looks so delicious, but I am salivating over that fondue. Thanks for all of the great recommendations!

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    kaveyeats

    Yeah each time I look at the photos I remember how darn good it was!

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  14. Diana

    I love the look and ambiance of Bloempot. And the tartare and pork there look delicious too. I’d love to try all of these places, but Bloempot would be my top pick!

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    kaveyeats

    Yes, that’s definitely a really interesting one, taking Flemish cooking forward, very inventive.

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  15. Akriti

    All the food looks so good! I’ve actually been to Lille before but not been to any of these restaurants. They look amazing.

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  16. Lisa

    I’m putting on weight just looking at this amazing food! Great tips and amazing restaurants.

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  17. Alex Ryder

    So Lille is now on my wishlist! I love the look of the buildings and you had me sold at fondue although that blackpudding and pear tart looks interesting too. And I love all the pics of Pete tucking into his dinner!

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  18. Renata Green

    I’ve had fondue only in Switzerland so far, which was fantastic, of course. However, I have the impression that the French one is even ‘richer’ and more varied. Well, food in France….what can you expect!?!

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  19. Kacie Morgan

    All of these restaurants look right up my street but I especially love the look and sound of Fondue. The ricotta cheese dish looks so more-ish. I’m drooling at the thought.

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  20. Priya Iyer

    All of these restaurants look simply superb! I would love to visit every single one of them! 🙂
    The tavern has my heart, though. 🙂
    The fondue looks spectacular, as does the violet ice cream.

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  21. Sage Scott

    While every photo you take always looks sooooooo amazingly delish, I think I’d most want to try the cheese fondue. I realize it’s not as exotic as some of the other dishes featured here (hello violet ice cream!), but cheese fondue is just so yummy! ~ Sage Scott, the Everyday Wanderer

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    kaveyeats

    Hi Sage, thanks for the kind comment on my food photos! The cheese fondue was really amazing!

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