Flea Markets of France: Wazemmes, Braderie de Lille 2010, and more!

While you're waiting for the largest flea market in Europe - the Braderie de Lille 2010 - to take place this fall, spring is the perfect time to visit the array of other flea markets offered in Lille, France.

Wazemmes Market is a multi-cultural market is open 3 days per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday) from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. offering produce, fabrics, and an array of exotic ethnic products.  The Art Market takes place each Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and features the works of local painters, potters, jewelry makers; Sunday is also flea market day at the Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul Church.  Lille is also home to two food markets: Concert Market (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) and  (Wednesay and Saturday, also from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

Braderie de Lille
Up to two million visitors will pack the streets of Lille, France, on September 4 and 5, 2010, to bargain hunt at Europe’s largest flea market.

Dating back to medieval times, the massive Braderie de Lille will have over 10,000 exhibitors selling everything from trash to treasures. One of the most anticipated flea markets in Europe, the event starts at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and lasts until 11:00 p.m. Sunday.

A tradition that takes place during the Braderie is the competition between local restaurants to build the highest pile of empty mussel shells. Moules & frites (mussels & chips) are the popular snack throughout the weekend and it’s estimated that over 500 tons of mussels will be consumed.

Before leaving, take the time to enjoy a historical walking tour of Old Lille or a City Tour by mini-bus; don't miss the local culinary delights including Carbonnade Flamande (beer beef stew) and Waterzoi (chicken and vegetables).

For more information, visit Office de Tourisme De Lille.

Flickr.com Photo: Market Square, Lille, France by Jim Linwood

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