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La Grande Braderie de Lille

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The bigg est fair in France

If you like street fair, this is the best one in France (maybe Europe) It is huuuuuge, so focus on... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2014
Romain494
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Lille, France
Overrated glorified car boot sale

The reputation of this braderie is way beyond its merit. True, Lille is taken over by miles and... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2014
Phileas_Flogg
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Oxford, UK
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
27 May 2014
“The bigg est fair in France”
20 Jan 2014
“Overrated glorified car boot sale”
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Lille, France
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

If you like street fair, this is the best one in France (maybe Europe) It is huuuuuge, so focus on what you want : professional sellers -> Grand Place, Antiquaire -> Parc JB Lebas, individuals -> Citadelle. The atmosphere is really friendly and you can...More

2  Thank Romain494
Reviewed 20 January 2014

The reputation of this braderie is way beyond its merit. True, Lille is taken over by miles and miles of stalls and there is a very wide variety of old items on sale but the cliché that you can find anything here is completely untrue...More

7  Thank Phileas_Flogg
Reviewed 8 January 2014

The first weekend in September the city of Lille becomes a giant car boot sale or for the Americans a giant yard sale! The tradition goes back to medieval times, and is organized by the city. You can either set up a stand in front...More

3  Thank Evanderjr
Reviewed 6 December 2013

You will find the most amazing things you never knew existed. However, avoid main roads in the centre on Saturday afternoon if you can't stand crowds. Don't wear your best clothes or smart shoes. There are no taxis into town to or from the station...More

5  Thank Francophile004
Reviewed 21 September 2013

This is a tremendous amount of fun if you like flea markets and can deal with crowds. Would love to do it again someday.

1  Thank AmyJosie
Reviewed 9 September 2013

Wow! The Braderie gets bigger every year. We had a fantastic but very busy weekend bargain hunting throughout the streets of Lille. The stalls, of which there are miles and miles, range from typical bootsale to high priced antiques, and from market traders to expensive...More

3  Thank Judy1066
Reviewed 6 September 2013

We have just returned from our 12th yearly trip to the Braderie in Lille.Usually on the 1st weekend of September it is an amazing experience.However like all large attractions it is best to take advice before you go.Stay away from the main streets, these are...More

8  Thank Lydia S
Reviewed 5 September 2013

My friend and I have just returned from our third visit to the Braderie. What an amazing experience. We stay Thursday to Monday as many stalls are open during this period. The first year we took the Eurostar but were limited to the amound of...More

2  Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 5 September 2013

I had been looking forward to going to the braderie for years. It is frankly way too big, and the vast majority of the stalls are selling typical market fodder. With 2 million people on the streets, if you do want to buy anything of...More

1  Thank julian_davies1961
Reviewed 4 September 2013

The Braderie in Lille is renowned for being the largest flea market in Europe. With over 60km of stands, and over 10,000 stall holders it would be impossible to see the whole market in the 36 odd hours that it is open. Therefore - plan...More

4  Thank Happyamelie
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