The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Moulins, Lille

Kalpana Satish

Located in the southern region of Lille, Moulins is a small neighborhood with wide assortment of people and interests. The district is known for its once-thriving textile industry that only remains in a few historic windmills. However, there is much more to see and do in this region of France. Venture on down for a weekend getaway and experience eclectic French culture at its finest.

Le Jardin des plantes

1. Take a stroll into le Jardin des Plantes

Botanical Garden

Take a stroll into le Jardin des Plantes

With over 24 acres of lush greenery, le Jardin des Plantes is something of a paradise right in the heart of Lille. When venturing into the botanical garden, you will find Serre Equatorial at the center. This eye-catching structure serves as a glass greenhouse filled with exotic plant life. Make sure to also stop by the Botanical Squares, a replica of medicinal gardens and the Rose Garden, which is always in full bloom during the spring. 306 Rue du Jardin des Plantes, Lille, France, +33 3 28 36 13 50

La maison folie de Moulins à Lille (Nord) | © Velvet/WikiCommons La maison folie de Moulins à Lille (Nord) | © Velvet/WikiCommons

2. Watch a show at La Maison Folies Moulins

Brewery, Theater

Watch a show at La Maison Folies Moulins

La Maison Folies Moulins is the perfect representation of the eclectic interests of this neighborhood. A multifaceted entertainment center, the venue is a remodeled brewery from the 19th century. Locals and tourists crowd into this theater to enjoy live performances, concerts and exhibitions. The combination of outdoor and indoor spaces makes it a very fluid environment, encouraging a social and creative atmosphere. 47/49 rue d’Arras, Lille, France, +33 3 20 95 08 82

3. Stay at L’Hôtel du Moulin d'Or Lille


Stay at L’Hôtel du Moulin d’Or Lille

With an unassuming facade, it is easy to miss L’Hôtel du Moulin d’Or Lille. However, missing this hotel would be missing a relaxing opportunity to stay at one of Moulin’s best spots. Masked by a small, bright yellow entrance, this joint comes highly recommended. A central location and welcoming interiors make it the perfect opportunity for tourists venturing into Lille’s heart. At just a two minute walk to the Lille Flandres Railway station, getting around is not an issue. And for sightseeing purposes, Lille’s Grand Opera, the Old Stock Exchange and Grand Place Lille are all close by! 15 Rue du Molinel, Lille, France, +33 3 20 06 12 67

4. Gear up at Stade Jean Bouin


Gear up at Stade Jean Bouin

Get up and get active at La Stade Jean Bouin. A multifaceted activity center, this stadium accommodates large groups of people that share a similar interest in recreational sports. Whether it is badminton or rugby, grab your gear and play at your leisure at this local facility. 27 Avenue Louise Michel, Lille, France, +33 3 20 85 20 06

Enjoy a game or two at Metro Bowling

Who doesn’t enjoy a good game of bowling? Whether you are a master of the lanes or a bowling beginner, get your game on at Metro Bowling. Kick back with friends and enjoy low rates and good food during a game. Celebrate a birthday or just grab a party and head on over to the location in Moulin, Lille. 17 Boulevard Victor Hugo, Lille, France, +33 3 20 52 70 80

Visit Mairie de Quartier de Moulins (City Hall)

What better way to see the heart of the city than by heading to the town hall? With intricate architecture representative of past eras of French culture, the building is pleasing to the eye and makes the perfect picture opportunity. Roam around the surrounding areas to experience more of the city and learn a little more about the history of the district through its unique style of construction. 215 Rue d’Arras, Lille, France, +33 3 28 55 09 20

Share a laugh with the comedians at Le Prato

Located in a former textile mill at the center of Moulins, Lille, Le Prato is not just a group of entertainers but a social movement in its own right. Explore laughter, poetry and the circus arts with performers that have been mastering the trade of theater for years. Whether it is outdoors or indoors at their historic venue, audiences are guaranteed quality entertainment and fun! 6 Allée de la Filature, Lille, France, +33 3 20 52 71 24

5. Marvel at Le Cirque du Bout du Monde

Marvel at Le Cirque du Bout du Monde

Since 1999, Le Cirque du Bout du Monde has been leaving people in awe with its showcasing of immense talent. A combination of street arts and contemporary circus performances, the shows here can be found nowhere else in the city. The performers dedicate their lives to mastering the arts of the circus and bring that same joy to their live shows. Interested in becoming a part of the troupe? They offer an educational program for those who dare! 2 Bis Rue Courmont, Lille, France, +33 3 20 88 48 31

Marché de Wazemmes | © Frédérique Voisin-Demery/Flickr Marché de Wazemmes | © Frédérique Voisin-Demery/Flickr

6. Wander through Marché de Wazemmes


Wander through Marché de Wazemmes

What better way to enjoy a nice day outdoors than to smell the aromas of fresh produce and local delicacies? Drop by the local farmer’s market, Marché de Wazemmes, to enjoy one of the largest outdoor markets in the country. With over 400 traders and 50,000 people in attendance every Sunday, the scale of this market will blow you away. On a typical adventure to Marché de Wazemmes, you can find anything from pastries to antiques and leather goods to local cheese. Place de la Nouvelle Aventure, Lille, France

Lille Grand Palais | © Jérémy-Günther-Heinz Jähnick/WikiCommons Lille Grand Palais | © Jérémy-Günther-Heinz Jähnick/WikiCommons

7. Lille Grand Palais: The center of it all

Lille Grand Palais: The center of it all

Ready to take Lille by storm? Then Lille Grand Palais is the best place to start. Located in close proximity to a variety of public transportation stops, this center is the perfect contemporary venue for conferences, meetings and many other occasions. A five minute walk from the train station and right in-between two international airports, Lille Grand Palais is literally at the center of it all. 1, Boulevard des Cites-Unies Euralile, Lille, France, +33 (0)3 20 14 15 16By Kalpana Satish

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