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Ranked #40 of 144 things to do in Lille
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

You will find the most amazing things you never knew existed. However, avoid main roads in the centre on Saturday afternoon if you can't stand crowds. Don't wear your best clothes or smart shoes. There are no taxis into town to or from the station because the roads are closed. Be prepared to walk some distance along uneven cobbled streets. The locals are very friendly and the Braderie is unforgettable.

5  Thank Francophile004
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

This is a tremendous amount of fun if you like flea markets and can deal with crowds. Would love to do it again someday.

1  Thank AmyJosie
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Wow! The Braderie gets bigger every year. We had a fantastic but very busy weekend bargain hunting throughout the streets of Lille. The stalls, of which there are miles and miles, range from typical bootsale to high priced antiques, and from market traders to expensive shop sales. The crowds sometimes make it difficult to move freely and the street music gets very loud. At the end of each day the streets are filthy but cleaners work through the night to clean up. A fabulous experience but next time we will take a van for more bargains!

3  Thank Judy1066
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

We have just returned from our 12th yearly trip to the Braderie in Lille.Usually on the 1st weekend of September it is an amazing experience.However like all large attractions it is best to take advice before you go.Stay away from the main streets, these are more markets.Wander around the quieter back streets where individual sellers are, these are genuine not professional.Most French people understand English but take a pad and pen to barter prices.We bought Lalique and Etling glass in these back streets for a fraction of the cost.Wonderful time ,roll on next year.Lots of walking but plenty of pit stops/bars.

9  Thank Lydia S
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

My friend and I have just returned from our third visit to the Braderie. What an amazing experience. We stay Thursday to Monday as many stalls are open during this period. The first year we took the Eurostar but were limited to the amound of purchases we could bring home. The last couple of years we have travelled by car and have found an hotel with an adjacent car park. We park up on the Thursday, shop til we drop and travel home on Monday. With 10,000 stalls covering 63 miles we have found that we need 4 days to cover it all! Lille expects around 2 million visitors over the weekend so this is not a place for someone who hates crowds. The restaurants and bars are excellent and it can get very noisy during Friday and Saturday night but the atmosphere is amazing. I would recommend the Braderie to anyone who loves browsing for a bargain.

2  Thank Sarah S
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