Braderie de Lille 2010 - Europe's Largest Flea Market

Just over an hour away from Paris by TGV, up to two million visitors will pack the streets of Lille, France, as they bargain hunt at Europe's largest flea market, September 4 and 5, 2010.

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 heading back to Paris, 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).

When planning your trip to Paris, take advantage of the savings offered by the Paris Pass and check out these hotels in Paris city centre with swimming pool and other amenities. When it comes to traveling abroad, a little planning can add up to a lot of savings leaving you with more money to spend at Braderie.

For more information, visit Office de Tourisme De Lille. Photo: Market Square, Lille, France by Jim Linwood

1 comment :

  1. I promise myself to go to La Grande Braderie every year, and every year I miss it. It is the largest street market in Europe.Maybe this year... but I would have to make it a day trip from Paris by car just in case I started buying stuff.
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