Eating and Drinking


There are a number of small cafes, bars and eateries dotted around the town centre, with most offering surprisingly good value. Because the town isn’t much of a tourist hotspot the prices tend to be geared towards the local market - whether this will be true during the tournament remains to be seen.

L’atelier de Marc Meurin (97 rue Paul Bert) is one of the priciest (but best) restaurants in the city, and handy if you’re visiting Louvre-Lens.. The 3 course Menu du Jour will set you back around €32 for lunch or €56 for dinner, but it gets rave reviews.

Le Pain de la Bouche (31 bis rue de la Gare) is a small, traditional restaurant offering local specialities and French dishes. O Mexicain (62 rue de la Gare) offers good grub at around €15 for mains and €7 for starters. Set menus including a main, a drink and a dessert (along with a tequila, naturally) will set you back €26.

L’Etiquette (118 Boulevard Basly) is primarily an easy-going wine bar that offers good food options alongside a good selection of wine by the glass. Steaks are served on grilled stones, whlie there are also pasta and cold meat selections. Le Nibbling (3 rue Jean Baptiste Kieber) is a reasonably priced lounge bar/restaurant that offers brunch and lunch, along with cocktails. It’s open for evening meals Wednesday through to Saturday.

As for drinking, we’d expect the Irish Tavern to do a roaring trade on matchdays. A brewery and restaurant set over two floors, it offers typical local food and drink, as well as pub grub. Located at 6 Avenue Raoul Briquet, 5 minutes walk north of the main Place Jean Jaures, it’s handily located next door to Pub MacEwans - another watering hole with a more limited selection of food but a great range of beers.