An arty outing in Roubaix with Jean-Christophe Levassor

Full speed ahead for Roubaix! Youwouldn’t want to miss the final days of our big exhibition at La ConditionPublique: Street Generation(s), with 40 years of urban art from 50 renownedartists... on until 9 July. It’s a fine opportunity for an artistic, creative,and culture-filled trip to France’s north, just 1.5 hours from Paris.

1/ La Condition Publique

Located at the heart of the historicPile neighbourhood, La Condition Publique is a lab and melting pot forcreativity and home to artists’ studios and start-ups alike. It also serves asa venue for a whole programme of events, festivals, and exhibitions.

2/ Le Delta Studio

I really love this place: simultaneouslya studio, artists’ residence, and exhibition space.

3/ Le “Non-Lieu”

This place is fantastic. It has the allure of a convertedfactory, and combines heritage with artists at work.

Open on request

4/ La Plus Petite Galerie Du Monde

A nice gallery with great art in the pipeline. Youshould also pop in to La Danseuse, another small gallery just opposite.

5/ Barbieux Park

It was Roubaix’s rival to Paris’ Champ de Mars, backwhen Roubaix was one of the richest and most powerful cities in France (Ed.– The park was built forthe International Expo in 1911).

6/ La Piscine (visuel roubaix-42)

You can’t mention Roubaix withoutmentioning its old swimming pool, now a museum, that stands as a shiningexample of regenerated heritage. The building’s historical appearance has beenmaintained, working with locals, in an attachment that can still be felt today.

Every day except Monday.


Café Jean

My favourite and a real family home,where they make everything themselves. It harkens back to days not so long gone...

Mercado Negro

Just what Roubaix needed! Combiningindustrial charm with the antique feel that is everywhere in France’s north, itonly opens on evenings, from Thursday onwards. You can have tapas or sit down for dinner (really tasty Portuguesedishes). And sometimes the evening just keeps going... all the way to 3am!


High quality cuisine in a delightfulsetting of a modernised canteen.


  • From factory to art gallery: La Manufacture
  • An unusual concert hall: LaCave aux poètes
  • Creative and trendyshopping: LeGrand Bassin, Wednesday to Sunday, or the studio boutiques of the Maisons demode, next to La Piscine museum, Wednesday to Saturday
  • An amazing modernist chateau: La Villa Cavrois, designed by Robert Mallet Stevens and fully restored.Every day except Tuesday.
  • And before jumping on the train home: pop in to the Librairie Autour des mots,opposite the station.


Director of La Condition Publique sinceJanuary 2016, Jean-Christophe Levassor knows the area well, having previouslyserved as the Director of Culture for the city of Lille.