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Braderie de Lille Flea Market: The Biggest Flea Market in Europe - Lille, FRANCE

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 this year is no exception, as the Grande Braderie will take place during two days, from Saturday September 5th 2020 to Sunday September 6th 2020.

This Lille flea market is one of the largest flea markets 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).

In 2015, no less than two and a half million visitors walked the city streets to the sound of music and to the many events organized over the week-end.

Where: Lille, FRANCE
When: Saturday September 5th 2020 – Sunday September 6th 2020
Read: Save the Date: Grande Braderie de Lille 2017

Accommodation in Lille – Braderie 2020

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.

The Grande Braderie de Lille in numbers

2

the number of days during which the Grande Braderie runs

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 2018 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.

2 000 000

the number of visitors at the Grande Braderie de Lille in 2017. In comparison, the Braderie du Canal Saint-Martin in Rennes (Western France), the second largest antique fair in France welcomes about 400,000 visitors each year (last Wednesday of June).

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