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Outlet shopping and patisserie brunching

On the second day of our French road trip (you can read about our first day here), staying close to Lille in northern France, we discovered that there was a McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in nearby Roubaix. We enjoy visiting Cheshire Oaks, which is another McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, so we decided to take a little drive and do some shopping.

McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Roubaix

There were several shops for familiar brands, such as Lacoste, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger and Guess, as well as many I hadn’t heard of before.

I used to visit the Kookai store in Manchester many years ago, so it was nice to see they had an outlet there, and I loved this white top with a cute lacy collar.

White Kookai top with lacy collar detail

We got pretty hungry browsing all of the shops, so we decided to get some brunch in between our shopping.

We went for a little wander around Roubaix and found this rustic patisserie full of beautiful cakes and breads. Well, it would be rude to visit France and not indulge a little!

Patisserie Roubaix

There were busy tables outside, but we chose to sit inside in the quiet and cool off a little from the hot morning sun. Yet again, I was way too focused on the food in front of me that I forgot to take a photo before we had started munching away!

Roubaix patisserie

For the last night of our stay close to Lille, we couldn’t be bothered to get ready and go back out for dinner after a day of driving around and shopping, so we decided to be totally lazy and get dinner service so we could relax in our room. We both chose the ravioli, which arrived served piping hot in rustic glass jars with bread rolls.

Mercure Lille Metropole room service

Mercure Lille Metropole room service

Just what we needed after a long but very enjoyable day out.

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