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Outlet shopping and patisserie brunching

outlet shopping and patisserie brunching

On the second day of our French road trip, staying close to Lille in northern France, we discovered that there was a McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in nearby Roubaix. We enjoy outlet shopping at Cheshire Oaks, which is another McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, so we decided to take a little drive there.

McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Roubaix

As well as several shops for familiar brands, such as Lacoste, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger and Guess, there were 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. I lovedΒ this white top with a cute lacy collar and couldn’t resist bringing it home with me.

White Kookai top with lacy collar detail

Browsing all of the shops made us pretty hungry, 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

Busy tables outside are always a good sign. 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. 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

Sitting down at the mini table in our room, we turned on the TV and tucked into our food. Just what we needed after a long, but very enjoyable, day out.

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