Despite its central location smack in the Grande Place of Lille, this café manages to keep its prices reasonable and its slew of customers content. Grab a coffee and head to the second floor, and if you're lucky, you might be able to secure a spot by the window, overlooking the very heart of the city.
- Address: 5 Place Charles de Gaulle, Lille
- Phone: +33 3 20 57 34 54
- Opening House: Mon–Sat 9am–7pm
- More Info: https://www.facebook.com/meocafe1928
When in Lille, do not skip on the city's most sought-after dessert: vanilla waffles served at Méert, Lille's historic and most reputable cafe. There are plenty of places to tuck into a savoury galette, a syrup-drenched crêpe, or even just grab a cup of coffee (some particularly good finds are concentrated around old town's Grand Place). A dessert you will be seeing nearly anywhere you go is "merveilleux", a small, meringue-based cake sprinkled with chocolate shavings. And if you are into cheese, try the city's own "Le Vieux Lille", a gourmet variety with a distinctive smell.