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After an hour by TGV from Paris Nord, you get off at Lille-Flandres station to discover the Grand'Place.
The hospitality of the Ch'tis is well known, they even bought you rolls for breakfast (it's like chocolatines, or pain au chocolats).
The restaurants on rue de Gand which serve Welshs with Galloway cheddar, Flemish carbonnades and other typical dishes.
In the afternoon you will visit the La Piscine museum in Roubaix. To taste it, you will have waffles from Meert.
In the evening, you will watch the sun go down from the Belfry, or you will support LOSC at the Grand Stade Pierre Mauroy.
In any case you will find in each bar a dozen Belgian beers on tap. There are also more bars per inhabitant than in Brussels (which is half an hour away by train). For a weekend, you can take the Eurotunnel and go to London to skim the pubs or the monuments.
The capital of Flanders is home to 20,000 developers who work for different industries, but in particular in Retail, whether e-commerce (distance selling: La Redoute for example) or distribution (Decathlon, Auchan, Leroy Merlin, Norauto, Kiabi). There are also the CIOs of several major accounts: AXA, Swisslife, Wordline, Crédit Agricole and the [SNCF](https://welovedevs .com/app/fr/company/sncf-connect-and-tech) for example.
On the French Tech side, there are several startups on the Euratechnologie site in Lomme: Critizr, Karnott, Sencrop, but also Capgemini and IBM.
On the Plaine Image site, between Tourcoing and Roubaix, we will find companies from the creative industry, which are growing up next to Ankama.
The first local Unicorn is Exotec: they make robots for warehouses. There is also VadeSecure, which secures mailboxes around the world. In Roubaix, OVH is the leading web host in Europe.
In Villeneuve d'Ascq, the scientific city trains hundreds of engineers each year who will join the innovative companies of Haute Borne: Stormshield, Pictime, NTICO.
Find the trendiest companies in Lille on WeLoveDevs!
The University of Lille trains half of computer scientists! It includes Polytech, Centrale Lille and IMT Lille Douais (formerly Télécom Lille).
On the Catholic University, there is the Junia school which also trains several hundred engineers.
There is also the usual training offer: Supinfo, Epitech and all the training courses that will provide a large part of the positions.
The Lille DevFest comes back every year, with a great Ducasse atmosphere. Find our DevFest Lille videos on Youtube