La Vielle Bourse And La Furet Du NordCurrently Open [Closes at 07:30 pm]
In the 1600’s, Lillois banker and traders who were fed up with their unhealthy living accommodation agitated to the Magistrate to build them a worthier living quarter. They were gifted what’s possibly the most beautiful bit of architecture in the entire city – 24 identical, ornately decorated three-storied buildings built in Flemish Renaissance style, surrounding an interior rectangular courtyard. Beautiful archways marked with cornucopias on each of the four sides lead into this interior, where on the ground floor, heavy trading once took place.
Though this place once fell into heavy disrepair, it’s been restored to it’s former glory now thanks largely to the efforts of several private enterprises; the names of these sponsors can be spotted right below the second floor windows. Today, it’s no longer used for trading; instead book-lovers flock to the book stalls, flower-lovers flock to the florists, and chess addicts gather for competitions here. Peddler of coins and toys have a place here too.
If you happen to come upon the place on a Sunday evening, the sounds of the local tango will draw you in; it’s a pretty performance by a great number of locals.
Right across the street from this architectural wonder is La Furet du Nord, Europe biggest book shop, originally a fur shop that was converted in 1936, though it kept it’s hairy name. Its 7000 square meters welcomes 12000 visitors daily. The store has recently opened up an online retail division, but adherents swear that absolutely nothing compares to the romance of the actual bookshop and they wouldn’t change it for the world.
- A.k.a the Old Stock Exchange.
- Most sellers don’t arrive till after mid-day so avoid going early in the morning if you can.
- Rihour Subway Staion (Line 1)
- Gare Lille Flandres (Subway 1 &2, Trams R & T)
- Au Chat Bleu
- Omnia, La Creperie
- Le Dracir
- Le 30 Club
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95% of people who visit Lille include La Vielle Bourse And La Furet Du Nord in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
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Absolutely wonderful bookstore. I had walked past many times without realizing it was there until a friend of mine took me inside recently. There are multiple floors filled with books and household objects, as well as special notes left on books to tell potential buyers about them and surprise books wrapped in gift paper! I will be coming back often. It's well organized with many staff members available on all floors to help you find what you need. Probably my favorite place in Lille!
Really awesome bookstore that's located in the heart of Lille. From the outside, you would never guess just how big it is on the inside. It has pretty much everything that you could think of and more. Highly recommend to visit even if you're not looking to buy anything. Yes, the experience is that good!
Huge bookshop. If you like books this place is heaven. But if you don't like stairs, well there is always the lift. Prices are good and the staff very helpful. If you don't like Amazon this is the place to be.
Lots and lots of books! But very commerical and I prefer smaller independent book stores, but this had a great variety and a larger English book section than I thought there would be
Big variety of French and English books. Lots of stationery and computer accessories. You can also pick up Lille souvenirs from here. There are many floors and it's like a maze inside, one can easily get lost.