Lille, your next destination !

The French touch at the crossroads of European capitals: Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London! Lille and the European Metropolis of Lille is proud of its festive traditions and its gastronomy.

Flemish, Burgundian and then Spanish before becoming finally French, Lille has an outstanding architectural wealth. A trading city since medieval times, a citadel under Louis XIV, a hive of industry during the 19th century and a city of ambition during the 20th century. Lille offers a blend of faces of the past and of the future.

Lille, where economy happens : the European Metropolis of Lille is a dynamic hub, home to the second-greatest number of global decision-making centres, behind Paris. It is the birthplace of the greatest names in large-scale retail and business, and excels int the agri-food and textile industires. Seven sites of excellence, economic catalysts are consolidated by six cluster labels : I-trans innovation in the transport industry, Up-Tex : Innovative textile, NSL : Nutrition Health Longevity, Matikem : materials for domestics use and Pole Team² Environmental technologies applied matters and materials.

European Capital of Culture in 2004 (nine million visitors), recently named World Capital of Design 2020, the European Metropolis of Lille is now a major leisure and business destination and an ideal setting for your professional events. The main meeting facilities: Lille Grand Palais, Resort Barrière Lille*****, la Cité des Echanges, Halls de la Filature are completed by 43 hotels with meeting rooms and the outstanding venues: La Chaufferie, Ferme des Templiers... In terms of accommodation, the European Metropolis of Lille offers more than 8 400 bedrooms, 50% located in 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and within a maximum walking distance of 5 - 10 minutes from the main Convention Centre: Lille Grand Palais.

As a young university city, Lille is outgoing and friendly, bustling with bars, as well as festivals and markets. The Flemish influence can be sampled in the regional cuisine served in the restaurants called: « estaminets » where you can taste the Carbonnade and Waterzoi… and drink the beers produced by the many locally-brewed beers. Do not forget to mention that gourmet or even Michelin starred restaurants will be able to welcome you for an event.


Marie-Catherine Vidal
Lille Convention Bureau
+ 33 (0) 3 59 57 94 23