Things to do in Lille
The late-19th-century building houses a satisfying number of Flemish and Dutch masters—including Rubens and van Dyck, and several first-rate landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael—and notable 19th-century French paintings by Jacques-Louis David, Delacroix, and Corot.
For a relatively small-town venue, L’Opéra de Lille has attracted eminences from all walks of culture to its Beaux-Arts stage (the original 1788 building, destroyed by a fire, was rebuilt in 1914); Merce Cunningham, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Trisha Brown have all performed there.
The usual suspects (Prada, Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent) are punctuated by designs from lesser-known names, such as Luciano Padovan and Sartore.
Antidote fills a tiny storefront with independent European labels that share an aesthetic of understated cool: Italy’s Kristina Ti, Danish line Day Birger & Mikkelsen, the French Stella Cadente, Bash, and more.
Located in the northern city of Lille, this home furnishings shop is the namesake of interior designer Jean Maniglier. The store is spread out among a cluster of 17th-century houses, which contain vaulted ceilings and a globally inspired inventory of furniture, art, and tableware.
If there is a Belgian "look" in today's interior design, it is captured in this flagship of the three Flamant brothers' stores.