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Épicerie Détail (Lille)

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Fed up with mainstream shopping in the Vieux-Lille neighborhood? Try something off the beaten path with Détail, a corner grocers that doubles as a tearoom with cool retro vibes (brick walls, ferociously mismatched furniture, grandmotherly curtains). When she’s not behind the carefully renovated 1950s counter, Louise Abriol (who was already on our radar thanks to Food La Cantine in Roubaix and Food Le Comptoir in Lille) collects the best local products for the neighborhood’s lucky residents: Baba Bahri spices, Swet hot sauces, addictive praline cereals from Superbon, Profil Grec olive oil, coffee beans from Lille-based roasters Muda, corn and cranberry bread from Brood… All to be admired while sipping an espresso pulled by Louise. // John Mason 

THE HIDDEN GEM: The Brussels-made Basil Smash kombucha by Rish (€4.50 for 330 ml). 

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