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Braderie Weekend

First time at the Braderie and we thought it was great. Free to wander round, a mix of car boot... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2018
Jay A
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Much better than last year

after leaving a disappointing review last year we decided to give it another go this year and am... read more

Reviewed September 9, 2018
sidneyworm
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

The first weekend in September the city of Lille becomes a giant car boot sale or for the Americans a giant yard sale! The tradition goes back to medieval times, and is organized by the city. You can either set up a stand in front of your property or the city allocates a space to set up your stand (often a token sum). Great for bargain hunting and in the evening there are crazy street parties. Most restaurants compete for the best restaurant which is measured my who has the largest stack of muscle shells!

3  Thank Evanderjr
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Reviewed December 6, 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 September 21, 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 September 9, 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!

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Reviewed September 6, 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.

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