Not far from the Belgian border, Lille boasts French sophistication with a hearty dose of Flemish influence. Once an important merchant center, Lille is now a cultural hub and bustling university town with strong Flemish features throughout the city. The compact centre is perfect for strolling. Discover exciting things to do in Lille: wander around the shops in the maze of historic cobbled streets of the Vieux Lille (Old Town) and peruse the antique shops at leisure. Watch the world go by from the cafes and patisseries in the stately Grand Place or pay a visit to France’s second largest art gallery, the Musée des Beaux Arts.