Save the date: Grande Braderie de Lille 2017

Each first weekend of September, Lille (in Northern France) becomes the worldwide capital of flea markets and bargain-hunting, while offering a unique opportunity to every visitor to (re) discover the colorful Flemish city with its exuberant architecture, witness of the rich commercial past of Lille. And 2017 will be no exception, as the Grande Braderie will take place during two days, between Saturday 2nd September 2017 and Sunday 3rd September 2017.

The Lille flea market is the largest flea market in Europe and one of the most famous events in France and beyond its borders. The Grande Braderie de Lille fair is the place to find that hidden gem (the “perle rare” as French people would say), harvest nice vintage & retro items in large quantities, and especially to immerse oneself in an atmosphere that reflects the city itself: warm, friendly and festive, especially through the tasting of the traditional “moules frites” (mussels with french fries).

This year, the city of Lille expects no less than two to three million visitors, who will walk the city streets to the sound of music and to the many events organized from Saturday 2.00 p.m. to Sunday 11.00 p.m.

What’s new in 2017?

Improved quality: One of the main complaints of flea market enthusiasts and antique dealers attending the Grande Braderie de Lille, was that this massive flea market had turned into a commercial event used by retail stores to sell their old stocks at a discount. But this will change in 2017: the overall Braderie has been revamped in order to give more space to flea market vendors, antique dealers and local residents! In a statement, Lille’s city council said it wanted to “bring back the original spirit of the Braderie, by offering a larger mix of yard sale, flea market and antique fair.” Since the Braderie de Lille was already a fantastic event in its own, we can only rejoice to this great initiative!

More events & celebrations: New events have been set up on the example of the “Lille reste en fête”celebration which replaced the Braderie in 2016. A special Braderie for comic books will be organized again at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, while a special Braderie for kids will be held at the Gare Saint-Sauveur. Last but not least, a special “Antiques & vintage shopping itinerary” will be set up for professional antique dealers and flea market shoppers along the boulevards Louis XIV and the Boulevard de la Liberté.

Increased security: Security has always been paramount to local authorities. This is the reason why, back in 2016, the Grande Braderie de Lille was canceled  – following the terror attack in Nice, which claimed the lives of 86 people. In 2017, security will be reinforced with 22 access points placed under strict police surveillance.

Official Map of the Grande Braderie de Lille

The up-to-date official map of the Braderie de Lille 2017 is available! Click here to download: Official Map – Grande Braderie de Lille 2017.

While more space will be given to actual antiques dealers in 2017, the overall surface dedicated to the Grande Braderie de Lille will be 10% smaller than usual. In 2017, the Grande Braderie de Lille will not extend to the neighborhoods of Moulins and Wazemmes, where it used to be held on the streets Boulevard Victor-Hugo, Rue de Douai, Rue d’Arras and Rue Gambetta. Boulevard Jean-Baptiste Lebas will also be outside the perimeter of the Braderie 2017.

Detailed map of the Grande Braderie de Lille

The Grande Braderie de Lille in Numbers

Infographic - Grande Braderie de Lille in numbers

2

the number of days during which the Grande Braderie runs (in 2017: Saturday 2nd September – Sunday 3rd September | in 2018: Saturday 1st September – Sunday 2nd September | in 2019: Saturday 7th September – Sunday 8th September | in 2020: Saturday 5th September – Sunday 6th September | in 2021: Saturday 4th September – Sunday 5th September)

40

the number of hours it would take to walk down all the streets of Lille where the Grande Braderie takes place.

100

the number of kilometers of stands spread all over Lille during the Grande Braderie.

500

the number of tons of mussels consumed during the 2015 Grande Braderie de Lille (together with 30 tons of french fries!). “Moules frites” are a traditional dish of the Grande Braderie de Lille; every year, restaurants in the city embark on a challenge during the whole event: to stack the biggest pile of empty mussel shells outside of the restaurant!

1127

the year the Grande Braderie de Lille was first mentioned in a written record! What a lasting tradition.

10 000

the number of vendors selling at the Grande Braderie de Lille.

22 172

the number of counterfeit items seized by customs in 2010 during the event.

2 500 000

the number of visitors at the Grande Braderie de Lille in 2015. In comparison, the Braderie de Rennes, the second largest fair of France welcomes about 400,000 visitors each year (last Wednesday of June).

Quick Facts & Travel Information about Lille

Lille, just a couple of hours train journey away from London, though may be French, is also the old capital of Flanders. Her heritage has seen her as Flemish, Burgundian, Spanish, Dutch, French, German, French, German and French again. Yet, Lille retains an instrinsic Flemish flavour both in her cuisine, her architecture and even in the Ch’ti accent of the locals.

The city offers a fascinating day trip or short break for shoppers, culture vultures and gastronomes. And if you fall into any of those categories then everything you will ever need to know about how to get there, where to shop, where to eat, sleep and sightsee, is just a click or two away. It’s all right here on this website and designed to help you get the most out of your daytrip, short break or shopping spree in Lille. This site is updated regularly, so be sure to make Lille-guide your first port of call.

Source: lille-guide.co.uk

Accommodations in Lille
As two million visitors flock to Lille, it is essential to plan your stay in Lille as much in advance as possible, in order to find a hotel near Braderie de Lille. From classy hotels, apartments to canal side boats, Lille offers a diverse choice of hotels. Make a reservation today for your upcoming stay at the Braderie de Lille and get instant confirmation with FREE cancellation on most rooms with booking.com.

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Do & See
Lille’s old town is quite simply gorgeous. Walk its streets, take time to look at its architecture and to walk along its cobbled streets. Start at Grand’ Place – the main market square, and take it from there taking it as many of the sights we have suggested here.

Dining
Flemish culture plays a strong role in the cuisine available in Lille. Take a look at the menus and any items with tongue twisting names will be of Flemish origin. There are brasseries and gastronomic restaurants as well as tea rooms, but be sure not to leave Lille without having tried an estaminet.

Shopping
Lille is a university town and as such the 200,000 population is mostly under the age of 30. The shopping here reflects that. There are several funky shops that sell gifts ideally suited for weddings and house warmings, as well as gorgeous boutiques selling beautiful and sometimes querky homewares. Artisans sell their wares and an eclectic mix of fashion outlets range from designer names to tiny boutiques. When it comes to shopping, Lille does it with style.

Bars & Nightlife
Be sure to stay up late as Lille is a young city and as a result there is ample nocturnal entertainment to suite everyone. Funky bars galore, night clubs, saucy shows and cabarets all jostle for your attention.

More about the Grande Braderie de Lille on braderie-de-lille.fr (official website; content in French only).

10 Useful Phrases to Bargain in French at the Braderie de Lille

“C’est combien?” – How much is that?

“Quel est votre meilleur prix?” – What is your best price?

“Désolé, c’est trop cher pour moi” – Sorry, it’s too expensive for me

“Pouvez-vous baisser encore le prix?” – Can you go a little lower?

“Vous me faites un prix si j’en prends plusieurs / si je prends tout?” – Is there a discount if I buy more than one / all of them?

“Coupons la poire en deux” – Let’s meet each other in the middle / strike a bargain

“Je n’ai que 20 euros. Est-ce que ça va?” – I only have 20 euros. Is that enough?

“Je peux payer en liquide?” – May I pay in cash?

“Je le prends” – I take it

“Marché conclu!” – Deal!

19 comments

  1. Tony Downing

    Booked early last year paid thirty percent more for the hotel than we had to pay when we normally go in August then at the last minute it was cancelled. Left with nothing to do for six nights and everyone was in a very bad mood. never again.

    • Hi Tony, sorry to hear that you were affected by the cancellation of the Grande Braderie de Lille last year. The decision of the city’s mayor to cancel the event was based on strong security concerns (due to fears it would be a terrorist target, just like Nice 2 months before the Braderie 2016). However, the Grande Braderie is back in 2017! I hope you’ll be back to Lille some day :)
      Btw, last year we published an article about the 5 top flea markets to visit in Northern France: https://www.fleamarketinsiders.com/alternatives-braderie-de-lille/

  2. Gayle Hoshstrasser

    I was lucky to find your post! Was going to be in Brussels and now planning a trip around this event!! Thanks for the great information. More research on the net has left me a little confused. Will some vendors start selling at 8am on Saturday? Also, I am only interested in french flea time small wares – there is mention to the smaller streets but if I was getting a hotel would that be north, south, east or west of the city center?

    • Hi Gayle, glad to hear that our post was informative! The booths organization of the Grande Braderie changes from one year to the other. Back in 2015, antiques dealers were located along the canal de la Deule, north west of the city. You can see it on the plan we added to the article (yellow area).
      As soon as the city of Lille will make the new plan of the Braderie available, we will post it here.
      Since you will be in Brussels, make sure to visit the following flea markets: https://www.fleamapket.com/listings/?search_keywords=brussels&submit=
      Enjoy your upcoming trip to Lille!

  3. Luc

    In fact a lot of people start selling already the Friday night. The problem, compared to many other more ad-hoc flea markets, is that there is an amazing amout of professional sellers. Which lead -unlike garage and car booth sales- to rather high prices and unwillingness to negotiate.

    Parking is hell, even if you book a hotel; only on Friday afternoon you stand a chance in the parking garages. They always say the police will take action, but in reality everybody parks on the walkways and they never get fined.

    And be very careful in ‘exploring’ the city; we took a shortcut from one area to another and the iPhone got stolen from my front jeans pocket. Something like that destroys your whole weekend.

  4. Tina Parker

    Hi – We are planning our visit visit this September. What time does it close on the Saturday..Thank you

    • Hi Tina! There is no exact end time on Saturday, as it is a two-day event and the vendors stay on for Sunday. It depends very much on the weather and when the natural light will be gone. In any case, it’s safe to say that it goes on until 18:00 on Saturday. On the second day, Sunday, the Braderie ends at 18:00h. Hope that helps!

  5. Yelli

    I and Friend Booked early last year paid 30% for the hotel we had to pay last minute it was canceled.
    Do not know if this year will be canceled again Or not?
    And let me know where can park my big van safely ..

    • Hi Yelli, you’re absolutely right to be concerned: last year the Braderie de Lille was cancelled due to security reasons, following the terrorist attack on Nice. The city of Lille did not have enough time back then – within 2 month between July and September – to make the necessary adjustments its security system. However, the city of Lille has been working on its security for more than a year, in order to ensure the Braderie could take place in 2017. So I’m pretty confident (99%) that the Braderie won’t be cancelled this year.
      Alternatively, some hotels on booking.com offer a 100% refund policy (for an additional fee during the booking process). I would recommend you to pick a hotel which offers this policy.
      Last but not least, if you’re coming with a large van, we’d recommend you to park it anywhere outside of the Braderie area – last year we parked in Roubaix, and took the train to Lille (15 mn). You can find a list of all available Lille car parks here: https://www.parkopedia.fr/parking/lille/?arriving=201708041100&leaving=201708041300

  6. AR AA

    Hello,
    Can you please let know where the Arms and Armour antiques section is located in Lillie Market on coming Sep. 17.

  7. Natalie

    Hi Ashley,

    Could you please let me know if there are any van delivery services to UK from Lille Antique Market and how to find/contact them.

    I am keen to buy a few chairs, table and a couple of chest of drawers.

    Your tips would be much appreciated.

    Best,
    Natalia

    • Hi Nathalie, I’ve researched the official website of the Grande Braderie de Lille, but couldn’t find anything about shipping. Nonetheless, if you’re considering a van delivery to the UK, I would strongly recommend you to try https://www.shiply.com/ . Shiply is a Consolidated Shipping company (also known as “Groupage“, consolidated shipping is the consolidation of many compatible shipments into a truck load of cargo going to one country or even one regional area of a country). More about transporting flea market finds: https://www.fleamarketinsiders.com/flea-market-shipping/
      I’ve worked with Shiply quite a few times between Belgium and the UK, and transporters are efficient and rather affordable. You can create a free quote.

  8. Daniel Garwe

    I’m bringing 50 shoppers from he U.K. In a coach can I have the address for drop off and any guidance to where I can park a coach for the day on Saturday

  9. Ellen Betesta

    My first visit to this market but was disappointed. Too many car boot type ware and not enough antique stalls and prices on some stalls were ridiculously high. Spoke to some well seasoned Flea market traveller,s who had come to this market year after year and said they were disappointed and would not be back. All I can say is it is another thing I have ticked of my bucket list.

  10. colin

    This year’s Lille Braderie was very poor, similar to a UK car boot sale with predominantly locals selling children clothes and toys.
    No atmosphere, few dealers.
    Will not be going next year – which is a shame as we have been every year for the past 8 years, never mind it was good, maybe will be again.

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