Lille is a city in the very north of France whose close proximity to Belgium, the Netherlands and the British Isles means it is a bustling metropolis where many cultures collide. You’ll find lots to do in the city, this 2004 Capital of Culture has many tourist attractions to offer. If you need to take a break, the city also has a wealth of cafes and coffee shops where you can recharge your batteries. Here are the top ten.
Le Café Oz may be more bar than cafe, but the lively, upbeat atmosphere that you’ll find here nevertheless makes it an appealing place to have a coffee with friends. The Australian-inspired decor (watch out for the surfboards, crocodiles, didgeridoos and aborigine artwork adorning the walls) makes the place feel cozy, and in the summer months, the large outdoor terrace is a perfect spot for a pick-me-up in good company. Stick around after the sun has gone down and try some of Le Café Oz’s carefully sourced beers and unique cocktails.
Just around the corner from Lille’s impressive Notre-Dame de la Treille cathedral is Joe Tex Café, another of Lille’s great spots for a caffeine fix. Come for a coffee in the cozy back room, filled with comfortable armchairs and, if you’re hungry, try one of the small savory snacks, served all day. This is also a great place to visit if you’re a fan of jazz, soul or funk music; Joe Tex Café hosts special evenings dedicated to different styles of music which are not to be missed, and there are vintage posters and old concert tickets decorating the two rooms.