We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (318)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Designed by architect Julien Destrée, the Old Stock Exchange (circa 1653) is a magnificent example of the Flemish baroque style.
As featured in 3 Days in Lille
Place du Theatre, 59000, Lille, France
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Lille
Lille City Pass
8 Reviews
from US$28.80
More Info
from US$16.10
More Info
from US$55.20
More Info
from US$31.10
More Info
Reviews (1,113)
Filter reviews
221 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews book market beautiful building inner courtyard second hand books inside the building book sellers books and magazines knick knacks flea market playing chess stalls selling the grand place old building flemish renaissance for sale great architecture short visit
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 221 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely building in the main square cannot miss it. Worth a quick trip inside for second hand books or retro goods.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lorna M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For starters, it's a lovely building. Then inside, if you go at the wrong time of day, it's just a dusty, dull old shell. Go at the right time though, and you can spend an hour rummaging through boxes of books, posters and old plastic...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Paul B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Worth a quick visit. Lovely architecture and in the courtyard inside is a secondhanded book market, which also sells magazines, annuals, records etc. Offers good shelter from the rain!.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Stephen W
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely building and shows great architecture. However it takes about 10 minutes to look round and there is nothing extra ordinary to do or see. It now has a market within selling mainly French tat!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mightyhorns
Reviewed 19 October 2018

This building has a central courtyard, surrounded by a "cloisters" in which stalls selling books, posters etc are set up. Beautiful setting.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank saracenoWessex
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

As you look around in the center of town this is the first building that you notice. Yes, any reference to Lille will include pictures of the Old Stock Exchange, the structure in real life is truly impressive.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank celikp
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Build when Lille was part of Spain, as a partially covered market inside and shops with apartments upstairs on the outside. Currently, nobody lives here anymore, but the shops are still there, and the cloth markets has been converted into a 2nd hand book market...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KatrienS955
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Beautiful building, a must see in Lille. Used as a market that mainly sells old books. Opens at 1 pm.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 47rang
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

During the daytime this is an interesting building with a market in the courtyard. On the Saturday night when we were there there was a huge free party in the middle with salsa music lots of dancing and a really good party vibe. Lots of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank carollZ7703SV
Reviewed 9 September 2018

A handsome old stock exchange - one of the most distinguished buildings in Lille - entrances in the Place du General de Gaulle & Place du Theatre - most afternoons the cloisters inside are filled with second hand & antiquarian booksellers - a must see...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank deniscroissant
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 104 nearby hotels
Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place
1,249 reviews
.11 km away
Ibis Lille Centre Grand Place
674 reviews
.11 km away
Grand Hotel Bellevue
7 reviews
.11 km away
Carlton Hotel
196 reviews
.12 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,752 nearby restaurants
Creperie De La Vieille Bourse
280 reviews
.07 km away
La Creperie Grand Place Lille
244 reviews
.06 km away
111 reviews
.07 km away
Le Coq Hardi
554 reviews
.08 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 342 nearby attractions
2,951 reviews
.05 km away
Librairie Furet du Nord
525 reviews
.15 km away
Grand place
2,530 reviews
.12 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Old Stock Exchange staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines