Eurostar, the high speed train operator that links
the UK with mainland Europe, is expecting to take thousands of shoppers to La Braderie in Lille,
one of Europe’s largest annual flea markets, which takes place every year over the first weekend of September. Return fares to Lille start from £55.
La Braderie dates back to medieval times. The city’s streets come alive as over a million people from all over Europe flock to Lille to join the
marathon bargain hunt. Over the weekend, the city is transformed into a vast outdoor market covering over 200km of pavement. Stalls selling
everything from rare antiques and furniture, to vintage clothing, bric-a-brac and art line the narrow cobbled streets, alongside street entertainers
and food stands offering mouth-watering French and Flemish cuisine.
Travelling to and exploring Lille couldn’t be easier with Eurostar. The high-speed international passenger service offers direct and seamless
journeys to Lille in just 1h20 from the centre of London. And arrival in Lille Europe station, situated just minutes away from the city centre, means
all the must-do attractions are within easy walking distance.
To truly get into the spirit of La Braderie, there are plenty of bistros and restaurants in the city centre offering an opportunity to sit back and
watch the world go by over a plate of “moules-frites” washed down with a locally brewed beer. Traditionally the city’s restaurants stack up the
empty mussel shells and compete to see which one amasses the highest pile by the end of the weekend.
Eurostar’s generous baggage allowance - two items of baggage per person plus one small item of hand luggage - will allow serious shoppers to
carry all their findings back to the UK at no extra cost.
Return fares to Lille start from £55 standard class. Travellers can indulge themselves on their way to and from La Braderie by travelling Leisure
Select class, enjoying roomier accommodation and meals and drinks served at their seat from just £115 for a weekend day return.
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