A Day in Lille
I'm wondering if there are any cheap eats in Lille, especially places that serve local food. I've heard that the bakeries are great as well--any recommendations?
Yes, I had a lunch there that was so good I took pictures ( the first time ever) -La Royale 37 rue Royale vieux Lille. 3courses for 18€. A charming little bistro full of Lillois. As far as the food in general-I wandered around in a dream. There were so many patisseries, fromageries, boulangeries. And the famous Meert-selling gauffres, pâtés de fruits,etc in a very beautiful 19 th century setting. Make suRe you take the train that is NOT the Eurostar station. It will leave you steps from the Vieux Place. All the old town streets radiate from there. Get the exact address of Meert and start from there.
Outside the train station, first café I found, best moules and frites I've ever had outside of Belgium. Simple as that. I think it was L'Express, just around the corner.
I actually ended up at a place called La Chicoree near the Palais Rihour just out of convenience. It was nothing exceptional, but the meal was quite solid and it had nice outdoor seating on that beautiful Sunday evening.