Top 20 reasons to prefer Lille to Paris (it could have been a top 1 million)

I have a confession to make to you, I hope Robert Ménard will not read it: I am an economic immigrant. Indeed, the professional necessity pushed me to leave my native land to come and settle far, far away from my family. One hour by TGV, to be exact. I’m not here to spit in the soup, it’s nice Paris. But Lille remains, by far, the place on earth that comes closest to the biblical definition of paradise.

1. So already basic: because LE LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSC

Good OK it was a year ago but Lille beat Angers and won the 4th title of champion of France. And for that alone, the city deserves the love of all of humanity.

2. Overall, if you go to Marseille with a Losc jersey, you are about 15 times less likely to get your ass kicked than with a PSG jersey

Lille are football bullies and everyone loves them, frankly it’s a win-win.

3. Kebabs

I never hid it, I like kebabs. I can tell you that, when I landed in Paris, I realized the lead Lille had in this sector. You can find at least 3 or 4 “best kebabs in France” there. I don’t know how it’s possible, but the facts are there.

Top 20 reasons to prefer lille to paris (it could have been a top 1 million)
Picture credits: Topito

4. The metro

So much simpler than its Parisian counterpart, our metro goes straight to the point. With only 2 lines, no one has ever said: “I got lost in Châtelet”.

Top 20 reasons to prefer lille to paris (it could have been a top 1 million)
Picture credits: Topito

5. Rents

Did you know that with a minimum wage, you could live in something a little bigger than 9m², once past the ring road?

6. The food in general

Pretty much everything available in Paris is available in Lille. On the other hand, when it comes to finding a welsh or a potjevleesch in the capital, it’s more difficult right away. The specialties of Lille are well above.

7. Beer

Cheaper and more varied, beer is to Lille what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris: a symbol, a standard.

Top 20 reasons to prefer lille to paris (it could have been a top 1 million)
Picture credits: Topito

8. The people of Lille

Believe it or not, there are more in Lille than in Paris. And they’re nice people, I swear.

9. It’s cozy

From the main square to the rue de la Soif? I don’t know, 10 minutes. Oh no, on foot, not by Uber.

10. It’s not far from Belgium

And the Belgians are almost as cool as the people of Lille. Especially in terms of the price of gasoline, cigarettes and chocolate.

Top 20 reasons to prefer lille to paris (it could have been a top 1 million)

11. The Rest of France Doesn’t Hate Us

Clichés about Parisians are not always justified, but what is certain is that the masses do not appreciate them when you go a little deeper into the provinces. While on our side, the rest of France does not hate us.

Well… He despises us and thinks we’re inbred alcoholics, but we can’t have it all.

12. Your body develops resistance to extreme temperatures

Once you’ve experienced a winter in Lille, you can leave shirtless for a 6-month expedition to quiet Antarctica. Remember to take a hat, it’s chilly at night.

13. It’s not far from the capital

225 km to be exact. While the closest capital to Paris, Brussels, is 262 km away. The true center of Europe is Lille.

14. We have Gradur

To be precise, he comes from Roubaix, but it’s part of Lille metropolis so it counts. And he succeeded in putting the right words on the famous solidarity of the people of the North. His song “We are not alone” brings tears to my eyes every time.

15. V’Lille > V’lib

As you can see, the name of our self-service bikes is actually a premium pun. RT IF TA CONPRI DEAD JPP

16. We don’t have the Mona Lisa

So we are not invaded by tourists and we can walk quietly in the streets of the city. And frankly, the Mona Lisa is still overpriced. Might as well take a good old photo with the right filter that goes well and the result is the same.

17. We are bilingual from birth

All Lille residents understand the Parisian. Do all Parisians understand ch’ti? I leave you to ponder on that.

18. We have the sale

Two million people who come to eat mussels in one weekend, Hidalgo she never thought of doing that the big sucker.

19. The Catho of Lille looks like Hogwarts

La Catho de Paris looks like a wall of Hogwarts that feels lonely.

20. They invented the best pastry in the universe: Le Merveilleux

If you don’t know yet, I advise you to immediately stop all your activities and taste this dish from heaven.

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