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Spain’s new digital nomad visa is finally here making it one of the most attractive destinations for remote workers. The goal is to promote Spain as one of the leading countries in attracting entrepreneurs, investors, and qualified workers in the greatest living conditions.

Spain has long been a popular destination for travelers, with its rich history, stunning architecture, beautiful beaches, and world-famous cuisine. Data also proves that Spain is considered one of the top 20 healthiest places to live in the world by analyzing factors such as life expectancy, cost of healthcare, air pollution, obesity rates, safety, sunlight hours, and more! However, the country has faced challenges in recent years due to a high unemployment rate, making it difficult for nationals and expats alike to find work. Expats often face the additional challenge of limited job opportunities under government programs, which primarily require English teachers. This results in highly skilled individuals, such as engineers, being unable to work in their field and being urged to teach instead. This leads to the heartbreaking decision to leave the country despite falling in love with its culture and way of life.

About the Digital Nomad Visa

The digital nomad visa is available to self-employed individuals or those working for a company based outside of Spain. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a steady income and provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage. The visa is valid for one year and can be renewed annually, providing remote workers with the flexibility to live and work in the country for as long as they wish.

We will provide you with the insights to better understand if you can apply for this visa and what it is you will need to provide to receive it. 

Who can apply for the Digital Nomad Visa

All citizens who are non-EU nationals that work remotely for non-Spanish companies are able to apply for the new visa.

How to apply for the Digital Nomad Visa 

The latest steps that we have researched are the following: 

  • Ensure you have a contract with the current company you are working with for at least one year
  • You must submit your criminal records certificate with a minimum validity of 90 days, they must be legalized and apostilled. You will also need to provide a sworn statement that you do not have a criminal record within the last five years
  • Fill out the application form which can be found here 
  • Pay the administrative fee for the visa
  • Contract private health insurance with full coverage throughout Spain
  • Provide a bank certificate proving the possession of at least €28,000 for the main applicant, which is 200% of the minimum wage in Spain
  • A letter of authorization from your company allowing you to work in Spain

We want to also mention this article from Planet Nomad because they are constantly updating their blogs with the latest protocols. Planet Nomad also provides insights into other visas from neighbouring countries in case you are interested. 

Where to live in Spain?

With your visa in hand, it’s time to decide where to call home in Spain. Madrid, the capital city, is a thriving metropolis that offers a vibrant lifestyle. For seamless integration into your new surroundings, consider residing in a coliving space. Urban Campus has five prime-located coliving buildings in Madrid, all fully equipped with everything you need to make your move as stress-free as possible. Our unique coliving spaces offer ample opportunities for socializing with neighbors through a variety of common areas.

Valencia is another highly recommended destination for nomads, with several articles singling it out as the top place to live and work abroad. Luckily Urban Campus Ayora Valencia Coliving is set to open in July 2023, offering 41 fully equipped studios and 200m2 of common spaces, including a gym, coworking area, cinema room, shared kitchen and dining area, laundry room, and rooftop barbeque, showers, and chill-out zone. This is the perfect opportunity for you to join our international community and experience Valencia’s vibrant culture.

Stay connected with us on our Instagram page to keep up-to-date on our latest openings, current properties, and events. We don’t want you to miss out on finding your future home in Spain!

Are you ready to discover the best things to do in Lille, France? Look no further! Our Coliving Residence Manager, Louise, who is an expert on the city, has created a list of must-see places, from the best restaurants, bars, and cafes to unique experiences that will give you a taste of the vibrant Lille lifestyle. Whether you’re a new resident in our coliving or just visiting, Lille has something special to offer you. 

Lille is known for its charming architecture, delicious cuisine, and lively atmosphere. Take a stroll through the historic Old Town and marvel at the beautiful Flemish-style buildings. Indulge in some of the local specialties such as traditional “carbonnade” or “potjevleesch” and enjoy a glass of local beer in one of the many cozy bars and cafes.

For culture enthusiasts, Lille offers a wide range of museums, art galleries, and theatres, such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts, one of the most important museums in France outside of Paris, or the Opera House, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Experience the local nightlife and catch a live music performance at one of the many bars and clubs in the city center. 

For a unique experience, why not take a day trip to the nearby Belgian towns of Ypres, Bruges, and Ghent, which are just a short train ride away? Wondering how to do that from Lille? Take a look at this blog for more details on how to make this trip a reality. 

Make the most of your time in Lille by inviting your fellow colivers to join you on your journey of discovery. Whether it’s trying new restaurants, visiting local landmarks, or exploring the city’s nightlife, there’s always more fun to be had when shared with friends.

It is time to get ready to experience the best of Lille with our curated list of must-visit restaurants, bars, cafes, and unique experiences. 

Restaurants
Octopus

The dining atmosphere in Octopus will drive you in, but their cuisine will keep you coming back. They offer original dishes and recommend you begin with some starters and later one main octopus dish. If you take a look at their unique wine list, you will find local/small producers that may end up being your new favorite.

Location:  2 Pl. Sébastopol, Lille, France 

Bloempot

In Bloempot offers dishes that stay close to their origin. Made local with organic and wild farming, you know you are in for a treat. When you arrive you have the opportunity to choose from the ‘experience menu’ which allows you to have your “eyes closed” and have the chefs take over and choose what it is you will be enjoying that evening or or you may ‘stay in control’ and decide on your own. This is an added element that can excite people as soon as they are seated, which we are a huge fan of.

Location:  22 Rue des Bouchers, Lille, France

Estaminet Au Vieux de la Vieille

Estaminet Au Vieux de la Vieille is known for their welcoming staff, setting, and selection. Their prices are very reasonable, and it is here where you will be savouring the typical dishes of Hauts de France. If you are interested in visiting them, be sure to book in advance, they are usually full which of course is always extremely promising! 

Location: 2 Rue des Vieux Murs, Lille, France

Restaurant Sébastopol

If you are interested in perfectly pairing wine with your meals, Restaurant Sébastopol is the place to visit. The staff is extremely friendly and have exquisite taste in wine, we suggest you ask for recommendations to match each course to highlight your tastebuds.

Location: 1 Pl. Sébastopol, Lille, France

Bars
Artchives 

What a location! If you are looking for an experience that has it all, in Artchives you will find yourself in a bar, restaurant, and art gallery! We suggest you grab one of the drinks at the bar (known for being very generous) and explore. We must also mention that their signature cocktails are very original. Overall the experience is chic, and unique. We are sure you will enjoy yourself.

Location: 74 Rue Jacquemars Giélée, Lille, France

La Biche & Le Renard

La Biche & Le Renard is a well-known cool little bar in Lille. Known for their incredible craft beer selection, their staff is extremely knowledgeable and are there to help guide you through the variety of savours they offer. 

Location: 14 Rue de Gand, Lille, France

Quai Des Bananes

Quai Des Bananes is overall a small spot in the heart of Lille, but their menus are huge! Their cocktails list is so extensive, you will have difficulty choosing, meaning you will simply have to come back to try more next time! 

Location: 84 Rue Royale, Lille, France

Delirium Café

One of the most essential bars in Lille, is Delirium Café. Here you will have a choice of 500+ beers from all over the world, it’s quite the experience. The decor within the bar is captivating. You may choose from seating in their heated terrace or within the deep decor!

Location: 50 Rue Masséna, Lille, France

Cafés

Elizabeth’s Tea Rooms

We have written but the cafes of Lille in another article, but because we live in Europe and coffee is essential, we wanted to bring some key partners back and recommend them to you at least one more time. Elizabeth’s Tea Room is a cute little cafe located right behind the corner of what most believe to be the most beautiful streets of the city. They offer some delicious pastries, made fresh every day, and gluten-free options as well.

Location: 69-71 Rue Basse, Lille, France

Pâtisserie Méert

Méert is the oldest coffee shop in the city, making it extremely well-known! It is here where you will find Ladurée of waffles which are a must-try. “Whether for the taste buds and also for the pupils, everything is beautiful and delicious”. 

Location: 25-27 Rue Esquermoise, Lille, France

La Clairière

If you are looking for a vegan brunch in the city, La Clairière is your spot. The staff is friendly, the food portions are outstanding and the value for your money will turn you into a regular. 

Location: 75 Bd de la Liberté, Lille, France

Briocherie Sylvana

Discover the flavor of the moment of the brioche every week at Briocherie Sylvana. They offer superb coffee and delicious sweets in a beautifully decorated space. One of the must-go spots in the city of Lille. 

Location: 24 Bd Victor Hugo, Lille, France

Experiences

Le Zénith

The indoor arena, Le Zénith in Lille will be holding 69 concerts in 2023 that you should definitely look out for. Do not be worried about where your seat is, all who attend have explicitly mentioned that there is not one bad seat in the house. The arena is also very easy to get to from any part of Lille. 

Location: 1 Bd des Cités Unies, Lille, France

Gare Saint Sauveur

For alternative music and cultural events, you must visit Gare Saint Sauveur. The company organizes plenty of exhibitions throughout the year for the citizens of Lille to enjoy, and some events are even free, so keep an eye out!

Location: 17 Bd Jean-Baptiste Lebas, Lille, France

Wazemmes Market (Marche de Wazemmes)

Experience a sea of colors and smells on your next Sunday morning in Lille in the Marche de Wazemmes. You will be able to purchase fresh local produce as well as clothing and accessories like other markets often have such as El Rastro in Madrid. Marche de Wazemmes is where you will find the real Lilloise.

Location: Pl. Nouvelle Aventure, Lille, France

Palais des Beaux Arts 

Within Palais des Beaux Arts, one of the largest art museums in France you will find fine art, modern pieces, and antiques. The exhibitions are temporary which is great, allowing you the opportunity to immerse yourself in many collections.

Location: Place de la République, Lille, France

We have provided 3 things that you should consider to make 2023 a great year.

New Year, New Me – we have heard it all before, but what is it that you plan on doing to achieve this and truly feel the “new me” concept this year? Why is it that people wait until the new year to make those changes that they think about the other 11 months of the year? This is known as the “fresh start effect,” which suggests it is easier to adopt new habits and make the changes at natural transition points. This idea of a “new beginning” can be defined by several occasions such as the start of a new season, a birthday, or in the case of many a new year.

We want to get you on track for 2023 and have three recommendations that can help have an impact on you. 

It is officially January 5th, so we may be a little late, but it was the holidays, you had family and friends over at your new coliving, events in and out of the city, and lots of food to eat. So we know you are just starting to wrap your head around the idea of making changes to your life, and we wanted to give you some time to rest.

Be Smart 

We believe one of the most crucial things you should consider while making a goal for this year is to be smart. In a 1981 issue of a Management Review magazine, a writer explained that all goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-related). The purpose behind this is for each one of your goals to have meaning and weight. 

Specific: Your goal should be clear, you cannot vaguely state what you want because it won’t be enough. For example, saying “I want to lose weight this year” should be changed to “I want to lose 20kg by the beginning of March 2023”. 

Measurable: When it comes to losing weight, this may seem obvious because you would be seeing the numbers on the scale, however, this is also your opportunity to take it even further. Writing down your progress or taking pictures can reinforce your goal and your commitment to it. Another example may be, if you have a bad habit of biting your nails, take a picture every three days and track how you are doing. 

Achievable: We recommend that you make realistic goals. Why? We don’t want you to be frustrated or angry at yourself when you do not achieve them. Saying that you will save 700 euros per month when perhaps your salary is 1,200 may not be realistic as time passes. Perhaps you can start by saving 150 euros and if the goal becomes easier, slowly increase it. 

Relevant: Ensuring that this goal really matters to you is important. You should be making these changes because you know you will be happy about the outcome. 

Time-related: Your timeline towards achieving this goal or any you have set should be realistic as well. It’s all about the small wins, so set yourself up for success. 

Focus on Your Life Force 

Phil Stutz, is a well-known psychiatrist who speaks in-depth about this concept of your Life Force in his book “The Tools”. He says that when you constantly work on your life force, everything else will just fall into place.

Stutz recommends you think of your life force as a pyramid, with key relationships being formed: the base is the relationship you have with your body, the middle section is the relationship you have with people and the top section is the relationship you have with yourself. 

The Relationship with your Body
Sleep, exercise, and diet, we have heard it all before but the impact that this has on your day-to-day well-being is astonishing. As soon as you begin to have a positive relationship with your body and genuinely care for it, you will notice the mood change in you almost immediately. This portion of your life force has 85% control of your happiness and inner peace. 

The Relationship with People
Sometimes it is easier to stay home, escape from the world, and turn on Netflix, but human connection is important. Take the initiative to call your friends and family and make those plans happen. We learn so much from others, both good and bad, but the act of physically being with people and sharing experiences is such a critical element of having a happy life. Humans are social animals. 

The Relationship with Yourself
This relationship, for most, is the hardest. Stutz recommends in order to properly build a relationship with yourself you must get to know your unconscious, and the best way of doing that would be to write to yourself. By writing, you discover things you may not have realized you have been thinking about. This may be the most difficult because you need to dedicate the time to write. Perhaps it is not an everyday activity, especially when you are first getting started, but put yourself in the position to be open-minded about the process, it is said to be the most surprising out of the three. You owe it to yourself, to know who you are. 

Take Time to Meditate

Meditation is a discipline on its own. Some people find it extremely difficult to keep focused throughout the session or to even find the 5-15 minutes needed to do it. However, the benefits are huge.

Scientifically speaking, when you meditate you reduce stress, control anxiety, promote emotional health, enhance self-awareness, lengthen your attention span, reduce age-related memory loss, improve sleep, decrease blood pressure, and much more. 

Being mindful is something many struggle with, and meditation has a way of helping you stop, slow down, take it all in and be there. 

Some of our team members at Urban Campus use HeadSpace for their daily meditation needs. It is an app that offers meditation courses, daily meditation exercises, podcasts, sleep guides, and even some mini-movement workouts, all designed to help you feel better and more connected.

To get a two-week free trial to Headspace, and begin your meditation practices, click on this link.

We hope this article inspired you to begin this year off on the right foot, take control of your goals and work on being happier, because in the end that’s all we want. 

Happy 2023! 

Before the clock strikes midnight, countries around the world get ready and prepare their unique New Year’s Eve Traditions to ensure that the start of their new year is done right. 

We wanted to make sure this December 31, you not only are celebrating with family, friends and your new colivers but that you consider adding in an element that you may not have known even existed, just to give yourself some extra luck with 2023.

Here are some countless traditions that have been passed down through the generations across several countries on how to welcome in the New Year:

It is important to note that all the countries we will be sharing with you today, typically start off their last night of the year, at a party or some sort of get-together. They get dressed up, eat great food, have a few drinks, and enjoy each other’s company. However, prior to midnight people get ready for certain things to happen. 

In the USA and Canada, since 1907 the tradition has been to do the countdown while watching the ball drop (typically the one in Times Square). However, as part of English and German folklore, some people even kiss at midnight as a sign of good luck. 

In Scotland, there are many street parties that take place on New Year. Some areas may even have parades, fireworks, and torchlit processions. One of the most famous traditions done by the Scottish is known as “first footing,” where people go door-to-door to wish each other a happy new year and bring gifts such as coal, shortbread, or whisky.

In Spain, people eat 12 green grapes, with each sound of the bell representing each month of the year. We recommend you do this safely and try to get seed-less grapes. 

In Denmark, they do two things: the people believe it is critical to leave their aggression behind in order to move forward, so to achieve this they throw plates (they say the best would be china) at your friend’s and neighbour’s front doors. Once that task is completed, prior to the countdown the Danish hop up on chairs, couches maybe even tables, and once the clock strikes midnight they jump into the new year. 

In Italy, people eat cotechino, a type of sausage, and lentils, which are believed to bring good fortune. In some regions, the Italians also recommend you wear red underwear. 

In France, when the clock strikes 12 you must drink champagne, and as the night continues, you continue to drink champagne. 

In China, New Year’s Eve is known as “Chuxi” where the dragon dance is performed in order to scare away evil for the coming year. Dragons signify wisdom, power, and wealth and are believed to bring good luck. The dragon’s costumes come in various colors, all with different meanings. For example, green symbolizes a great harvest, yellow is respect for the empire, gold or silver is for prosperity and red represents excitement for a promising future.

In Costa Rica, in order to ensure you travel for the following year they recommend you take an empty suitcase and run around the block with it. This is also encouraged in other Latin countries. 

In Greece, they recommend you put onions outside your front door as it is the symbol of rebirth. The idea is that the onions will help people grow and experience a rebirth of their own in the upcoming year. 

In Brazil, they throw white flowers into the ocean as gifts to the Water Goddess Yemanja, for her to fulfill their New Year’s wishes and bring them luck. An extra tradition some Brazilians do prior to the countdown, is to have a folha de louro (bay leaf), also known as the Priest’s leaf, in their pocket. It is known as a very spiritual token and is said to sharpen your intuition. 

In Germany, an 18-minute-long video replays all day on New Year’s Eve called, “Dinner for One” on almost all channels of the tv. It is a tradition to consistently watch this show while preparing for the party, having dinner, and even just before midnight. 

In Portugal, they follow the tradition of putting money in your shoe as a sign of good fortune in the coming months.

We hope you discovered a few interesting traditions, that can easily be incorporated in your New Year’s Eve parties that may even bring you that extra luck next year you are hoping for. 

Happy New Years! 

We are going to inspire you to go from Lille to Brussels!

You wake up one morning in your new coliving and inspire your fellow colivers to go on a trip with you. Where do you go? We recommend you visit Brussels, known for its cuisine, numerous types of beers, and its history. 

In less than 17km you could find yourself at the Belgium border, but to get to the city of Brussels it would only take you 35 minutes by train from Lille with Thalys. Whether you go for just one day to discover the nightlife or you escape for a weekend, you won’t regret this trip.

When is the best time to visit Brussels?

Speaking in terms of weather forecast they say the best times to visit would be March and May and September and October. However, as we are currently in December now, this article is written with winter in mind. We believe you should take advantage of the incredible Christmas Market the city offers until January 1, 2023. However, the Winter Wonder Woods will be available until January 8, 2023. 

It’s time to get lost between the 200 booths that offer an array of artisanal products, food, fine wines, and cheeses. You must go ice skating in the rink they have set up while enjoying the light show and the 18-meter beautifully decorated Christmas tree. You may even want to bundle up and take a walk to enjoy the brass bands, parades, concerts in support of Ukraine, or the Crystal by Cirque du Soleil. The city truly gives it its all every year as the city expects with every passing year approximately two million people to visit during this time of year.

This year’s Christmas market is located a two-minute walk from the Mont des Arts. The exact address for your google search is Carr de l’Europe. 

What should you see?

The Grand Place is the most visited and most famous square (plaza) in the town. Once you make your way to the center of it, you will be surrounded by great architecture. We believe the streets located near the square look like the “Vieux Lille”. 

We also recommend you pass through the Place du Sablon. This is known as the luxury district, it is here where the high-class boutiques and antique dealers are located. From here you can also admire the impressive Atomium, a landmark created for the Brussels world’s fair in 1958. 

If your goal is to avoid the most famous tourist streets we suggest you go for a walk in the Marolles District, locally known for its daily high-end flea market (located in Pl. du Jeu de Balle 79) as well as, modern galleries showcasing work by Belgian and international artists. 

You cannot miss Manneken Pis, he is located between the Rue du Chêne and the pedestrian Rue de l’Étuve. He was designed in 1388 and is easily one of the most loved symbols of Brussels. His small bronze statue measures 50cm tall and is of a small naked boy urinating in the fountain. The legend claims he saved Brussels from disaster. 

We also want to share with you his feminine version, much less known Jeanneke Pis, she is located on Bouchers street. Created by Denis-Adrien Debouvrie with the idea of restoring equality between men and women, as well as bringing more tourists to the street where Jeanneke is located, a street where he has many restaurants. 

What should you eat?

Now that you are in Brussels you need to taste their culinary specialties which include; beer, french fries (that are actually Belgian), and waffles. Sounds great doesn’t it? It is. 

Our recommendation is finding the little pubs around the streets, and enter in any one that strikes your attention. If you are a beer drinker, ask the bartender to recommend you one that they like or see if you can get a flight (between 3 – 4 12 oz beers) to try. This is also a great idea for tasting with your fellow colivers. Typical Belgian beers are very heavy in terms of alcohol, you may not be used to this so just be careful! 

Right in the Grand Palace you will find Maison Dandoy, a well-known waffle house. However, if you are just wondering around the city you will find more of Maison, so don’t worry if you miss the one in the center!

Friterie du Miroir, is not in the heart of the city either but it is said to be the best spot for Belgian-French fries. They are made fresh and have just the right crisp to them.

What should you expect?

The Belgian people are known worldwide for their kindness and generosity. They are extremely welcoming.

If you don’t speak French or Dutch? Don’t worry, you will find a lot of people speak English as there are a lot of expats in the city making it extremely easy to communicate and feel comfortable. There are also a lot of “international districts” such as Ixelles and Saint Gilles. The neighbourhood of Ixelles is known for its artsy feel, trendy restaurants, and boutique hotels. While the neighbourhood of Saint Gilles they say feels like a village, known for its colorful terraces, beautiful arching architecture, and a paradise to fellow artists. 

It’s your time to enjoy Brussels, wander the streets, and strike up a conversation with the people of the city! Enjoy yourself, be safe, and remember that your home in Lille will be waiting for you when you come back! 

 

Chritmas Markets in Madrid are not as popular as others in central Europe, but they are actually quite spectaculal. So it is time for you to bundle up, and take a walk through the city and experience not one, but at least seven Christmas Markets this year. Below you will see the best guide, to ensure you have solid plans every weekend this holiday season. 

Plaza Mayor Christmas Market 

The most famous holiday market in the city takes place in Plaza Mayor, located a 10-minute walk from Malasaña Madrid Coliving . Right in the center, you will find more than 100 wooden booths that offer an array of Christmas decorations and ornaments. It is here where all the things that you need to complete your Nativity Scene can be found. 

When: November 25 – December 31, 2022
Location: Plaza Mayor

Handmade Artisan Market of Madrid 

This will be Madrid’s 36th edition of the Crafts Fair which can be found between Colón and Cibeles, a 5-minute walk from Urban Campus Jerónimo. There will be 155 stands for you to discover throughout your walk, some may include pottery, jewellery, leather goods, engraved gifts, glass products, and more.

When: December 1 – 30, 2022
Location: C. Timón, 27

Plaza de Juan Goytisolo Christmas Market

An additional market is held next to the skating rink of Plaza de Juan Goytisolous, again only a 10-minute walk from our Coworking in Jerónimo. The vendors here not only sell gifts, but delicious Christmas food you will need to keep you warm.

When: 4 December, 2022 – January 6, 2023
Location: Plaza de Juan Goyistolo

Christmas Sweets Fair

If you like sugar and sweets this is the market for you. Quite literally known as the Christmas Sweets Fair, this market has everything you need to offer your family after a big Christmas day lunch. For those who live in our Malasaña Coliving, you are only a dangerous 10-minute walk away!

When: November 30, 2022 – January 5, 2023
Location: Plaza de Isabel II 

El Corte Inglés Castellana Christmas Market

The parking lot of the Corte Inglés converts into what we believe to be one of the most Christmas-themed spots in Madrid and it is luckily only 10-minutes from our brand new coliving in Cuarto Caminos. There are a handful of food vendors where you can grab a nice bite to eat. Last year, there was a gourmet burger truck with quite the line up. 

We feel it is important to say, not much shopping will be done here in terms of gifts for family or friends. However, we do recommend you visit and experience the scenery, the light show and Christmas classic jams they keep on all night  – its a great afternoon plan to get in the holiday spirit.

When: November 20, 2022 – January 5, 2023
Location: El Corte Inglés Castellana

Articus – Casa de Campo Christmas Market 

The new Christmas Market in Casa de Campo known as Articus will offer artist creations, crafts, and products from major brands. They are showcasing this market all over Madrid, from billboards in the metro to ads on the buses. We don’t have much to say, as this is a new market for Madrid, but we will definitely see you there! Especially those who live in our Malasaña Coliving, because its only 5-minutes away.

When: December 16, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Location: Av. del Lago s/n

 

La Navideña 

An outdoor skating rink of 450m2 will be set up in the newley renovated Plaza España for the second year in a row. Located 3-minutes away from our Malasaña Coliving, you will be able to see the biggest Christmas tree Madrid has this year. Not only will you be able to purchase handmade products and meals but there will also be theatrical and circus experiences.

When: November 25, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Location: Plaza España

The Christmas Market in Lille is one of the most beautiful in the Hauts-de-France region. This year it will be running from November 18th until December 30th. There is something truly special about the way the shops are decorated and building facades rise over the city. As their people say, “la joie de vivre” can be found everywhere during this time of year. So, if you are in the area, whether it be for tourism or to explore the city that your future coliving will be in, you will not want to miss passing through this wonderful market. 

As always, Lille’s Christmas Market is located in the lovely Place Rihour, in the heart of the historical center.

Every year approximately 90.000 visitors come to admire the beautiful lights and scenery.  So this is your chance to sip on the delicious, but very hot mulled-wine offered at almost every other booth to keep you warm throughout your stroll. You may even want to pair it with a toasty Belgian waffle to really get in the mood. 

Within the market, there are 90 chalets that offer an array of products. You can buy beautiful hand-crafted items that are both local and international to buy for your loved ones this holiday season. 

We recommend that you do not miss out on the experience of climbing to the top of the “Grand Roue” (Big Wheel), installed in the Grand Place (known as the main square of Lille). Once you reach the peak, you will see an incredible view of the whole town. 

For those of you who believe in the spirit of Christmas, head to Theatre square. There you will find the Santa Village, full of Christmas decor. 

If you are looking for a little more excitement, every Friday night while the market is on, the town organizes live concerts from 18 – 20H. Every year there are extra activities set up by the community members, however, most are surprises so you will have to go and check it out! 

 

Lille Christmas Market Schedule: 

Running From: November 18th to December 30th, 2022

Weekly Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 11 AM to 20:30 H 
Friday & Saturday: 10 AM to 22 H
Sunday: 11 AM to 20:30 H 
Closed on December 24th from 18 H
Closed on December 25th all-day
 

Looking for a new coworking space in Madrid? Urban Campus Jerónimo is the ideal location for entrepreneurs, startups, and growing companies. You will be immersed in an environment that offers everything you need, fast and reliable wifi, 24/7 access, daily cleaning, concierge service, security, discounted parking, bi-weekly community breakfasts, and more…we are also pet friendly! 

Not only do we offer office spaces, but a genuine community that continues to expand every passing year, since our opening in April 2017. Within our walls, you will be able to find the tools, contacts, and focus you need to expand your business and create new opportunities. 

Our coworking building is a mere 5-minute walk from Sol, 2-minute walk from Sevilla,  an 11-minute walk from the famous Plaza Mayor and a 7-minute walk from the beginning of the neighborhood “Los Jerónimos”. We are in the heart of Madrid and as you can imagine the rich area has a vast array of restaurants and cafes to choose from. This may get a little overwhelming when it comes down to choosing where to go for breakfast, lunch, or after-office drinks. Here is a guide of the best places to visit once you move into our Jerónimo coworking!

The Best Breakfast Spots:

Feliz Coffee

What better way to start your day than with a happy cup of coffee? Feliz Coffee is known for its delicious craft coffee and kind owner. Let the barista know how you like your coffee and they can recommend something just for you. If you are having doubts, many speak about the v60 being spectacular as it is with a great natural Rwanda coffee, full of light orange flavors. The shop is small, but they also have benches outside so you can enjoy the sun on your face. 

Location: C. de Lope de Vega, 2

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La Rollerie 

Beautiful inside and out, La Rollerie is located on the same street as your new coworking. Their menu has a wide variety of pastries to enjoy from, made fresh everyday. Our coworkers recommend the breakfast andaluz, which is two very large pieces of bread that you can put olive oil and salt on, then add in the fresh tomato paste they provide for you – a typical Spanish breakfast. 

Location: Cra de S. Jerónimo, 26

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La Mejor Tarta de Chocolate del Mundo

The name is a dead give away about their best product…cheesecake. Just joking, it is in fact a chocolate cake, described to be unusual, indulgent, light and the perfect amount of sweet. Will you be the judge of the best chocolate cake in the world?

Location: Calle de Cervantes, 9

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Café Bar Hylogui

A family run cafe serving crispy bacon and eggs, known to be delicious. Café Bar Hylogui is where the locals go for nice cup of cafe con leche and their service. Located a whole one minute walk away from Urban Campus Jerónimo!

Location: C. de Ventura de la Vega, 3, Bajo Izquierda

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The Best Lunch Spots:

El Chaparrito

Located 120 meters away from UC Jerónimo, El Chaparrito is one of the best Mexican restaurants around. Their menu includes great tacos, some even for only 1 euro. Their restaurant is decorated with beautiful colors and truly gives you the Mexico vibe. Some strong recommendations from the UC Jerónimo coworkers would be tacos al pastor and pollo chipotle if you are looking for a little more spice. We were also able to try their nachos and can confidently say they are well worth the price you are paying. If you are looking to take away, we recommend you call before as sometimes they can get busy during lunch hour! 

Location: C. de Ventura de la Vega, 11

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Lamucca De Prado

Recognized in the neighbourhood for the amazing balance between quality/quantity and their prices. The freshness of the ingredients, attention to detail and overall atmosphere will surely draw you in. Unsure of what to order? The staff at Lamucca are extremely friendly and will ensure to provide you with the best service possible, you will not be disappointed.

Location: C. del Prado, 16

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Revoltosa Prado

The atmosphere in Revoltosa Prado is electric and their decor is very trendy. Many recommend their cocktails as they have a long list to choose from. We cannot recommend a particular dish as every week their menu changes to keep things exciting, so be sure to give them a try!

Location: C. del Prado, 4

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La Finca de Susana

A very classy restaurant with incredible service. However do not let this steer you away, at La Finca de Susana, they offer 12 euro menus of the day, which include first and second courses, one drink (water, pop, wine, beer) and desert (can vary everyday or coffee). It is a very large restaurant, however we do recommend you reserve a table as it is quite the popular spot in our neighborhood. 

Location: C. del Príncipe, 10

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Chuka Ramen 

A Japanese restaurant located a mere 2-minute walk from our coworking, Chuka Ramen has been around since 2014 and has truly made a name for themselves. The bao buns starter are great, we recommend the fried chicken and tiger shrimp. If you are new to Jerónimo, it is imperative you order the beef gyozas as you will be dreaming with them for the weeks to come. 

Location: Calle de Echegaray, 9 

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Macao Príncipe

 Located a 3-minute walk from Jerónimo coworking, Macao Príncipe offers asian inspired tapas at a great price. The staff are very helpful and provide great insight about the dishes. If you go for lunch, for 13.50 euros you can have their menu of the day which includes a drink, three dishes to choose from their 40+ tapas menu and a desert! 

Location: C. del Príncipe, 16

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The Best After-Work Spots:

Salmon Gurú

From their interactive menu to the eccentric nature of the bar, and unique presentation of the drinks, the top rated cocktail bar in Madrid is quite the experience. Their bartender, Diego Cabrera is world renowned, and you will most likely see him there at the forefront of the bar. All who have visited before can do nothing but rave about how unique of a place Salmon Gurú is. So, if you are looking to take your colleagues somewhere different, you now know where to go!

Location: Calle de Echegaray, 21

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Viva Madrid

With a variety of drinks to choose form, you will not be disappointed. Viva Madrid has a very classy feel to their surroundings. The main bar is spectacular, and if you are lucky enough to get a seat infront of the bartenders, be ready for a show. 

Location: C. de Manuel Fernández y González,7

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Casa Gonzalez

Casa Gonzalez provides you with great portions of food and fantastic wine to pair it with. We cannot forget to mention the assortment of cheese they have to offer! Seats are limited, but the cozyness of the bar is what you will leave with. It is the perfect place to have a gourmet picinic-like experience. 

Location: C. del León, 12

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Alimentación Quiroga

Dating from 1958, this quaint restaurant has incredible reviews, local dishes and a fantastic wine selection. At Alimentación Quiroga You are able to order different tapas sizes meaning even if you are wondering the streets of Madrid alone, this could be your next stop!

Location: C. de las Huertas, 19

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You have the entire weekend ahead of you, but no plans? Our guide has got you covered with a little bit of history, but some very interesting spots to visit. 

The Old Stock Exchange, at la Vieille Bourse

In the past the Old Stock Exchange at la Vieille Bourse was a trade place until the XIX century. Known for its beautiful and impressive architecture with golden archs, which you can truly appreciate in a peaceful morning.

Located in the heart of the city between “la Grande Place” and the theatre place, it is a perfect spot to go for a walk. At the heart of this building, you will find a lot of second-hand book sellers and classic vintage posters or comics. The people of Lille love to have a stroll in this area, to hunt some old books or look at the chess players who come to play regularly there. 

Location: Pl. du Général de Gaulle

Wazemmes Market

The Wazemmes Market is more than a tradition for people from Lille, like what “El Rastro” would be in Madrid – you simply cannot miss it. The market is available three times per week, but it is more lively on Sundays. 

The name gives away its location, the Wazemmes area is quite a popular and diverse district of Lille. Within the neighbourhood, you will find local home-made street food. We recommend you give the Lebanese falafel sandwiches a try!

Once you are at the Wazemmes market, to truly be a part of the French culture you will have to purchase a good piece of cheese – the Maroilles cheese, would be best, if you want to try a real local taste! Pair the cheese with a fresh, toasty baguette and have a sit in one of the numerous terraces that surround the market place. It is important to note that on Sundays, the majority of bars within the market accept food from outside, provided that you order at least something to drink!

Location: Pl. Nouvelle Aventure

Saint Sauveur Station

A mere 11 minute walk away from our Saint So’ Coliving is the Saint Sauveur Station. In the past it was a trade station, however, it was renovated by the municipality into what it is today. You will find many cultural events that are constantly changing every week from Wednesday – Sunday, including live concerts, exhibitions, art galleries, and more. Thursday nights are the best day to come as they always make sure they put on a good event to get you ready for the weekend. 

If you get thirsty from the cultural acts, we recommend you visit Bistrot Saint So’ which is located in the main building.

Location: Gare Saint Sauveur, 17 Bd Jean-Baptiste Lebas

Climb to the Top of the Belfry

A Beffroi (bell tower) is very typical to see in the North of France. Luckily, the one in Lille allows you to have a great 360° view of the whole town.  It is a UNESCO heritage site and recognised as the highest beffroi of Europe. It is a bit of a climb, but once you surpass the 104m climb, you will surely be proud of yourself. To do this climb, it costs 7,50€ per person for the entrance ticket. 

Location: Beffroi de Lille, Pl. Simon Vollant

Have a walk along the Deûle’s edges

La Deûle is a canal that passes through Lille and continues along all the way until it reaches Belgium. It is approximately 25km round-trip from Lille to the Belgium border. To enjoy the edges of the local canal, we recommend you take a local electric bike and ride alongside it.

The best spot to have a break would be at a typical “guinguette”: (Today, the term ‘guinguette’ is still used for a waterside refreshment stand, particularly open-air, all over France) La Marquette at Saint André lez Lille to enjoy a nice refreshing drink.

Location: Canal de la Deûle

Go to a play at Sebastopol Theater

Do you enjoy theatre? The Sebastopol Theatre located in the city center was built in 1903 and is a beautiful sight to see. There you can easily choose from plenty of events including; concerts, plays, one-man shows and interesting International conferences. 

Location: Pl. Sébastopol

Go for a stroll at the Citadel of Lille

La Citadelle is a unique pentagonal military work built by the famous Vauban. Located in the edge of la Deule, you can rent a canoe or a boat to have a stroll along the canal. If you enjoying going for runs, this is the place to visit! 

Known as the perfect place in Lille to hangout, go for a walk or even have a nice picnic with friends from your new coliving.

Location: Avenue du 43e régiment d’infanterie

Visit the Zoological Gardens of Lille

The Zoological Gardens are located inside the Citadelle area. There you will find a large variety of animals that are cared for. The entrance is free if you have the Pass Lille & Moi (check out our other article to get that pass), if not it would be 4,50€ to get in.  

The Gardens are very crowded during weekends. However, if you have time during the weekdays and want to feel far from the city, it is a very peaceful place to go. 

Location: Av. Mathias Delobel

Visiter the Equatorial Greenhouse

Sometimes it’s good to get away, and more often than not people go to green spaces to feel this sense of relief. The Equatorial Greenhouse is most likely one of the best places in Lille to feel disconnected from the reality. Remarkably it is only a 13 minute walk away from our Coliving in Saint So’. 

You can enjoy the tropical trees, flowers and rose gardens for free. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Friday from 10 AM to 17:30, Saturday from 10 AM to 16:30. 

Location: 306 Rue du Jardin des Plantes

Support the Local Soccer Team 

The LOSC (Lille Olympique Sporting Club) is the local football club, very popular in Lille. For this reason, we recommend you not say you are a fan of PSG in any bar within the city! 

You should visit the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq to see a soccer match. The Stadium is extremely impressive and can seat 50.000 people. If your not into soccer, you will most likely be able to see it when you go to a concert there! 

Location: 261 Bd de Tournai

It is time to explore the city of Lille, and what would be a better way than to start by discovering their coffee shops? From vegan-friendly to most local and traditional, as well as those known for their specialties, we know it all.


The Most Traditional: Aux Merveilleux de Fred

This beautiful cafe opened its doors in 1997. It began in Lille, and is now in various cities around the world due to the fame it received from its very first shop. Aux Merveilleux de Fred is three set locations in Lille that you can choose from, but the closest to the Urban Campus Saint So’ Coliving would be 15 minute metro ride to Montebello.

Nothing makes it feel more real than watching your baked goods be made right in front of you. When you visit, be sure to peak through the window so you can admire the pastry cooks doing their signature “Merveilleux cake”.

You must try the “Le Merveilleux”, which is a pastry composed of meringue domes and their secret cream. This particular pastry has many different flavors you can choose from; speculoos, coffee, vanila, and chocolate. 

Location: Aux Merveilleux de Fred, 336 Rue Léon Gambetta

The Most Local: Cafés Méo

Cafés Méo began in the 1920’s, in the North of France. It is the very first company specialized in high quality coffee beans. They opened their first location also in Lille in 1928. A spectacular place to visit, and worth purchasing a bag of their coffee beans to take home.

Location: 5 Pl. du Général de Gaulle

The Most Vegan Friendly: La Clairière

La Clairière has vegan, local and organic food (and bonus – they are pet friendly).

This coffee shop is a real reference in Lille for whoever wants to eat healthy in a cozy environment. Doesn’t this description just “scream” brunch to you? That’s right – its the place to be every Sunday.

Location: 75 Bd de la Liberté

The Most British: Elizabeth’s 

The name may have given it away, but this coffee shop is known for its various home-made British and American pastries (brownies, shortbread and of course, cookies). If you’re new to town you must try their scones with salted better and pair it with a hot cup of tea. 

It is important to note that Elizabeth’s is very small, but that is what makes it so unique.  

Location: 69-71 Rue Basse

The Closest: Café Augustin 

We believe that knowing the closest coffee shop to your new home is equally as important to the others. Within 5 minutes from the coliving you can find a quaint little café to have that mini escape. Café Augustin is very diverse, you can easily find yourself remote working, attending one of the workshops they offer, or even listening to some live music – all while eating delicious homemade food. 

Location: 57 Rue de Valenciennes

The Most Coffee-Oriented: Coffee Makers

In case you are a coffee fanatic, this is the place for you as it is both a coffee shop and coffee roaster. Coffee Makers is a great place to start the day and enjoy some of their delicious cinnamon toast. Looking for something a little more healthy? Ask for their homemade granola – for 11€ you can pair it with fresh fruit juice and a hot drink.

Location: 151 Rue Pierre Mauroy

The Best for Cheesecakes: Oxalis & Bergamote

Most likely this could be one of the most important places of the city. Oxalis & Bergamote’s high-quality pastries and cuisine is located in a refined place. Lillois (people from Lille) go here, so you know if the locals go, it’s for a reason. 

Location: 44 Rue d’Angleterre

The Trendiest : L’impertinente

L’impertinente auto-proclaims themselves as a “Pony-club” instead of a coffees shop. It is even visible in their entrance and Instagram “The only Pony-club in Lille that sells cakes!”

If you understand and speak French, they also have a lot of funny sentences inside their coffee cups, they are often puns, based on French proverbs. 

This trendy shop has two locations in Lille, however, you can also order their pastries and many other items directly from their website. 

Location: 9 Bd Papin

The Most Specialized: Briocherie Sylvana 

If you love the comforting smell of a homemade brioche that just came out from the oven, this is the place to be. Briocherie Sylvana offer’s a large choice of salted and sweet brioches, tasty babkas, and gourmet breads.  

Location: 24 Bd Victor Hugo

The Oldest: Meert 

Mentioned in all the touristic guides of the world, Meert 1677 is the oldest coffee shop in Lille. It is its luxury service and delicious vanilla fine waffles that made the reputation of the house. We will warn you that you will most definitely have to wait in a queue with the tourists, but this is worth it. 

Location:  25-27 Rue Esquermoise