Being the fourth-largest urban area in the country, Lille might just top the list of the most underrated French city. Located between Paris and Brussels, the historic capital of Flanders, Lille is a hidden gem and worthwhile detour with beautiful Flemish influence in the city’s distinctive Baroque architecture and hearty cuisine. Enjoy wandering the cobblestone pedestrian streets of the old town, relaxing at the cozy cafes, and discovering the cultural attractions. The town boasts a world-class fine arts museum, the avant-garde cathedral, and Charles de Gaulle’s birthplaces are among a few of the highlights. With its interesting sights, charming city center, and friendly atmosphere, Lille is a modern city with a historical core and no shortage of things to see and do.