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Tips on Lille Warnings and Dangers – Stay Safe!

Lille Warnings and Dangers

Lille is a beautiful city but there are some things present in that might put a damper on your trip. Here are a few things you should know.

Sanitary Issues

Be sure to watch your step as you walk along the sidewalks, unfortunately, people do not clean the waste when they walk their dogs. Sadly, this has marred the beauty of Lille’s streets. While the Grand Braderie is really big and attracts a lot of visitors, the downside is that this event generates a lot of trash; the amount of garbage covering the streets is awful. In addition to sanitary issues, it’s incredibly unsightly and not a good introduction to the city.

Pickpockets at the Market

The Wazemme Market is well-worth the visit but beware of pickpockets while you are there. Sometimes they might follow you around as they try to slip into your bags. (As an aside, for planning purposes, the market is only open on Sundays).

Panhandling in the City

You will likely encounter some panhandlers at the metro stations asking for change, they’ll usually say they need it to make a telephone call (but the phones here don’t take change). You may also see some people in Lille’s main square asking for money.


If you are vegetarian, it may be difficult to find something to eat because most restaurants have two lists of main courses: fish and meat. If you look hard enough though, you’ll find something. If you are on a vegetarian diet, it might be helpful to do some research ahead of time so you don’t spend your days walking around looking for something to eat.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Lille.

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