Roubaix is the former heart of the French textiles industry. It used to be known as the 'city of 1,000 chimneys' and many of the old factories still stand. Don't miss La Piscine, 23 rue de l'Espérance, a delightful art museum located in the former art deco swimming pool: the museum includes collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, textiles, fashion, design and ceramics. Shopaholics can visit L'Usine (The Factory) a massive bargain shopping mall selling well-known brands with discounts of up to 60%.
Office du Tourisme de RoubaixTel: (03) 2065 3190.Website: www.roubaixtourisme.com