But I did miss chai tea lattes. And while one can go up to any tabac, bar, or restaurant and order a café, I’ve found it to be a lot more difficult to track down chai tea in the Hexagon.
Starbucks, despite being on nearly every corner in Paris, has yet to infiltrate Lille. Paris is only an hour-long train ride away if one is really addicted to the American coffee giant, but if looking for a place to pick up one-the-go cups (in 3 different sizes) of frappés, mocha lattés, and different flavored coffee drinks, Lille has it’s own.
It’s called Notting Hill Coffee.
Notting Hill Coffee on rue Esquermoise.
Not only do they have American style coffee drinks, but they also have muffins.
And, most importantly, they have chai tea.
There are three different locations in Lille, and my favorite one is on rue Esquermoise. Beautiful views of the old city streets and buildings can be seen from the large glass windowpanes, fitting nicely into the old wood and stone work.
On the inside, the red brick walls add charm to the upstairs seating areas, providing an atmosphere befitting of the region.
The inside with its lovely brick walls.
The small tables and benches are a nice spot to sit sipping a warm drink; either chatting with a friend or people watching.
Check it out:
94 Rue Esquermoise
Tél: 03 20 31 74 15