Business district of Lille

It’s been such a long time I haven’t written here..workloads and other activities had taken over my will to spend some time at myfavoritelist.

If you remember my post of an American-inspired restaurant in Lille (or you can check it out here), after our hefty dinner, we decided to take a walk at the town center. After all, it was a Friday night.

So we walked and finally arrived at the “new” area of Lille. Like most of European cities, Lille has a charming old town where you can find luxury stores, pubs and restaurants. To the contrary of the old town, this business district of Lille is the main area where is situated some new attraction and more modern architecture .

Lille Centre

Recently listed as the third biggest business district of France, after La Défense in Paris and La Part-Dieu of Lyon, the construction project was first conducted by Pierre Mauroy. Mr. Mauroy is one of the most important actors in  developing Lille  as a leading city of France and in Europe as he was the mayor of Lille from 1973 to 2001.

A few big names in architecture has contributed to the conception of the area; Rem Koolhaas for Lille Grand Palais (used mainly to welcome exposition areas and indoor concerts), Jean Nouvel for the Euralille commercial centre and Christian de Portzamparc for the Tour de Lille.

Tour de Lille Christian de Portzamparc

Finally, the modern-inspired casino of Lille is one of the city’s landmark to visit. It’s not Las Vegas but enough for me to loose some money in there. They also have a few nice and affordable restaurant and bars, ranging from exclusive to more relax atmosphere.

Casino Barrierre Lille

Casino Barrierre Lille

I also have a good news to announce! I will be a guest writer for allmalaysia website, an information and travel guide website. My article will appear in the “Beyond Malaysia” section, where I will relate my travel experiences in Europe and elsewhere.I am very happy to be part of allmalaysia family and I hope to contribute as much as I can and learn a whole lot more on writing. If you have any plans on visiting Malaysia, do take a look at the website for reviews, informations and guides by the locals

Till next post! Have a nice summer!


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