Lille is a medium-sized city in the Nord-Pas de Calais region of northern France. It is located on the Deule River, near the border with Belgium. Lille is France’s fifth largest metropolitan area, and has a large student population. This city has a strong industrial background and is known throughout France for its beautiful city center and its very active cultural life. From the main commercial streets to the peculiar little boutiques of the Vieux Lille, from arts and crafts shops to the biggest names in luxury and home decoration, Lille offers a vast choice for those who love to shop. Or you can simply wander around the city and enjoy the selection of tiny streets and squares. Lille also offers a selection of gardens, including the impressive Bois De Boulogne Park and zoo.
Lille offers several dedicated business parks that are specialized according to different economic sectors. The centrally situated Euralille offers a sight for retail businesses, while Eurasanti is dedicated to the healthcare sector and, Euratechnologies is a domain cutomised towards technology companies. Within all three business parks there is a large choice of office space. Companies already established in Lille, include Archimed, ATOS Worldline, CAP GEMINI, DELFMEMS, GEOLATYS, and Veolia Transport.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Lille’s city center is beautiful and the sights can be covered in a walking tour. La Vieille Bourse is a commercial exchange where you can find booksellers and flower markets in the inner court. The main square, Place du Général-de-Gaulle, better known as the "Grand place", offers incredible historic townhouses, like the neo-Flemish headquarters of local newspaper, La Voix du Nord. There is also a fountain with the statue of a goddess, "la Grande Déesse", dating from 1843. Lille has hundreds of little patisseries that sell cakes, and a number of chocolate shops. Try Guillaume Vincent that sells exquisitely decorated chocolates.
The Lille Lesquin International Airport is relatively small, but both major and budget airlines operate scheduled services. Lille lies on the Brussels-Paris-London connection meaning TGV and Eurostar trains stop here. The journey to Brussels takes little more than 30 minutes, to Paris it is typically an hour, and to London an hour and 25 minutes. Lille has two subway lines that connect the city center with several suburbs. It also has several bus lines that go throughout the city and two lines of cable trains that go to Roubaix and Tourcoing, which are cities in this region.