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“Really well organised, welcome back!”

Ranked #40 of 144 things to do in Lille
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

After last years being cancelled at short notice it was great to be back in 2017. The organisers have improved the event through weeding out modern rubbish stalls and suiting areas to help the public. The reduced number of streets being used did not lead to over congestion and made the experience very enjoyable. Perhaps not as many trade exhibitors as previous years but still a good range and hopefully next year the numbers will increase again.
Still a brilliant weekend despite the downpour on Friday evening which killed off browsing the canal area at tea time.
Great atmosphere early evening, which at times sounded like a good natured students rag week!!
Security pretty obvious and reassuring, we didn't see any incidences of unruly behaviour at all.
If feeling flush go into the converted convent on the canal, now a luxury hotel, for a coffee or beer to revive and marvel at the architecture, a great mix of old and modern. Otherwise loads of fixed price eats and modules frites to keep you going.
Very reasonable prices on the stalls and sellers provided to discount, especially on the Sunday. Take a shopping trolley bag to save having to return to the hotel too often.
Well done the organisers, see you next year!

Thank djr39
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

After a years break, this years event was really good. Not so crowded but all local people with stalls and a few trade stalls. In previous years there was a lot of commercial rubbish being sold. We had a fantastic weekend and the security was ever present making everyone feel safe.

Thank sas1355
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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Had a great "moule et frites" meal for lunch and spent the afternoon walking on the crowded streets of Lille. Highly recommended if weather permits...

1  Thank max219
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

If you like street fair, this is the best one in France (maybe Europe) It is huuuuuge, so focus on what you want : professional sellers -> Grand Place, Antiquaire -> Parc JB Lebas, individuals -> Citadelle. The atmosphere is really friendly and you can shop until dawn. Then you can party all night long. To avoid very very crowded streets walk between 8am and 11am or just after the half-marathon.

3  Thank Romain494
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

The reputation of this braderie is way beyond its merit. True, Lille is taken over by miles and miles of stalls and there is a very wide variety of old items on sale but the cliché that you can find anything here is completely untrue unless you are looking for a thousand varieties of tat.

Much of the periphery is taken over by cheap clothes/bags/belt stalls. In the centre, particularly the old town, much space is monopolized by shops simply displaying their wares al fresco. The vast majority of dealers selling 'old stuff' appear to be generalists so if you are a collector of, say, prints or kitchenalia or, in my case, Art Deco, you will find very few stalls devoted to your interest..... tho I do recall one stand devoted to miner's lamps! Equally prevalent is 'junk' as opposed to properly curated collectables. By this, I mean, too many stallholders chancing their arms that something they found in a skip and couldn't be bothered to polish, strip or clean has some value.

Though we spent the best part of a Saturday and, according to our pedometer, walked 14km trying to find something of interest, we ended up simply bored and tired and decidedly empty-handed. Add to this that you will need to park at the extremes of the city and the old town is intensely crowded, if you are truly interested in finding gallic treasure then try Saint Ouen in Paris but don't for one moment devote a weekend to this flea market with pretentions to be an antique fair as quantity clearly triumphs over quality.

7  Thank Phileas_Flogg
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