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Visiting Lyon – A City Guide
Strategically located at the confluence of two rivers, France’s third city is a cultural capital, an industrial centre and one of Europe’s gastronomic hubs. It’s also the birthplace of cinema, and bursts with cultural vitality, including festivals, museums and a dynamic nightlife scene.

 

Lyon: city layout
Lyon is comprised of nine arrondissements (neighbourhoods) that straddle the Saône and Rhône rivers. West of the Saône, Fourvière hill and Vieux Lyon – the city’s oldest quarters – form the 5th arrondissement.

Between the two rivers, the 1st and 4th arrondissements together form the trendy area known as Croix-Rousse. To the south of this, on a peninsula formed where the rivers meet, is the 2nd arrondissement and Presqu’île. An ongoing docklands regeneration project known as La Confluence, a trendy new cultural and shopping area, will eventually double the size of Presqu’île.

East of the Rhône is the 6th arrondissement and Les Brotteaux, a wealthy neighbourhood containing several museums and the city’s largest park.

 

What to see and do in Lyon
Vieux Lyon, France’s largest medieval old town, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll through its narrow, atmospheric streets and well-preserved courtyards. At night, most major landmarks are romantically floodlit.

Looming over the old town is Fourvière Hill, which you can ascend via a funicular railway. Sights at the top include the Notre Dame de Fourvière Basilica and the Theatres Romains de Fourvière – two Roman theatres. One is the largest in France, and is home to an annual cultural festival.

To the east, in the 6th arrondissement, Parc de la Tete d'Or includes botanical gardens and a boating lake.

 

The concierge recommends…

  • Looking out for murals. There are around 100 large outdoor artworks dotted around the city, telling the story of Lyon’s neighbourhoods and its most famous inhabitants.
  • Learning the story of mankind at the Musée des Confluences, a futuristic building in which exhibits range from ancient mummies to moon rocks.
  • Admiring works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Monet and Picasso, among others, at the Musée des Beaux Arts.
  • Discovering the history of cinema at the Musée Cinéma et Miniature, which has original film props and artefacts.
  • Getting lost in the medieval traboules of Croix-Rousse. These covered alleyways link courtyards and homes to the river, and once allowed the area’s silk traders to transport their goods to the river without getting wet.

 

Hotels in Lyon
Lyon has accommodation options throughout the city to fit every budget. Many of the more upmarket central hotels are located in historic buildings. An excellent public transport network means you can cross the city easily no matter where you stay.

Hotels in the 6th arrondissement put you close to the Parc de la Tête d’Or, the city’s convention centre and several museums. Also here is Les Brotteaux, one of Lyon’s best restaurant and bar areas.

The suburb of Vaise, north of the Old City near the Perrache railway station, is convenient to important attractions as well as several outlying business areas.

If you stay in Vieux Lyon you’ll be in the city’s historical heart, and close to most of the top sights. Nearby Presqu’île peninsula is a centre for high-end shopping, and home to several restaurants and museums.

 

Eating Out in Lyon
Lyon is a gastronomic capital. It’s the home of Paul Bocuse, often listed among the world’s greatest chefs, and there’s a high concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants. You may also want to visit a traditional bouchon. These old-style taverns, often with wood panelling and checked tablecloths, serve local Lyonnaise cuisine.

The area around Place Bellecour and Hôtel de Ville, at the north end of the Presqu’île peninsula, has long been at the heart of Lyon’s dining scene. There are also plenty of trendy places to try in the Croix-Rousse neighbourhood.

The 6th arrondissement has plenty of restaurants for you to explore, both French and international. The southern half of this neighbourhood, Les Brotteaux, is one of the city’s highest-regarded restaurant and bar areas.

The 7th arrondissement is booming culturally, and has dozens of informal bistro-style restaurants. In particular, Guillotière, near the river, is a multicultural district serving cuisine from around the world.

 

The chef recommends...

  • Andouillette: A coarse-grained sausage made with chunks of meat (usually pork), sometimes also tripe, plus pepper, wine and onions.
  • Quenelles de Brochet: Shaped balls of ground pike, bound together with breadcrumbs and egg. Often grilled and served with a creamy sauce (“sauce mousseline”).
  • Lyonnaise potatoes: Thinly sliced potatoes and onions, sautéed in butter and served with parsley.
  • Coussins de Lyon: Popular sweets made from pale green marzipan, filled with a chocolate ganache and flavoured with curacao liqueur.

 

Shopping in Lyon
Central Lyon is packed with upmarket boutiques and eclectic shops. You’ll also find department stores and shopping centres, and around 40 markets sell fresh produce, often direct from the farms. One favourite souvenir to take home is the local sweet treat, coussins de Lyon.

For luxury goods and designer fashion, you’ll be spoiled for choice in central Presqu’île, which is filled with galleries and arcades. The Carré d’or (Golden Square) area, between Place Bellecour and Place des Cordeliers, has a wide range of high-quality boutiques.

North of Presqu’île, Croix-Rousse is a happy hunting ground for bargains. Many young artisans have moved here, and you’ll find second-hand clothes stores, designer boutiques and specialist book shops.

The more modern business district of Part-Dieu, east of the Rhône in the 3rd arrondissement, is home to the Centre Commercial Part Dieu, a shopping centre with over 260 retail outlets on four floors, including a branch of the Galeries Lafayette department store.

 

Top markets in Lyon

  • Held every Sunday in the suburb of Villeurbanne, Puces du Canal is the only flea market in the region, and a gathering place for fans of art and antiques.
  • Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse, a covered market named after the city’s superstar chef, sells a wide variety of excellent-quality food.
  • Marché Saint-Antoine, on Quai Saint-Antoine, and Marché de la Croix Rousse, on Boulevard de la Croix Rousse, are the two main farmers markets, both open daily except Monday.
  • For second-hand books, postcards or comic books, try the market on Quai de la Pêcherie.

 

Culture & Nightlife in Lyon
In recent decades, Lyon has become a cultural hub, with a wide range of arts venues and popular annual events. Art buffs can explore galleries across the city, music lovers have no shortage of performances to choose from and ravers can dance into the early hours.

You’ll find numerous art galleries and studios in the former silk manufacturing district of Croix-Rousse. South of here, the 7th arrondissement is a trendy multicultural area with a thriving nightlife scene, thanks largely to clubs such as Live Station DIY.

Presqu’île, and particularly the area to the south of Place Bellecour, is another place that’s now full of galleries and late-night bars.

Some Lyon suburbs also have great nightlife , including Villeurbanne and Vaulx-en-Velin. The latter is mainly popular for Grrrnd Zero, a cultural centre in a former factory that has a buzzing underground arts and music scene.

 

Music clubs and live venues in Lyon

  • Le Sucre in La Confluence is an electro-dance club hosting big-name international acts in a former sugar factory.
  • Also a former factory, Transbordeur is one of Lyon’s largest venues, hosting an eclectic choice of acts.
  • Le Sonic is a rock music club, on a barge moored by the Gare de Perrache. It often hosts internationally known bands.
  • L’Epicerie Moderne, in a southern suburb, has a reputation as the region’s most important indie music venue.

 

Visiting Lyon with a Family
From museums to adventure parks and zoos, Lyon has a wealth of offerings to keep kids of all ages amused. Older children will enjoy the huge range of exhibits in the city’s museums, while toddlers can let off steam in one of the many parks and playgrounds.

A highlight for many smaller children is Parc de la Tete d'Or, the largest urban park in France. You’ll find a boating lake here, as well as a traditional carousel for children to ride on. It’s also home to Lyon Zoo, which is free to enter.

Other notable central parks you may want to check out include Parc Blandan and Parc Chambovet. Several city squares have playground areas, including Place Bellecour, in the heart of Presqu’île.

 

Family attractions in and around Lyon

  • At the top of Fourvière hill, France Aventures Fourvière is an aerial adventure park with climbing ropes, rope bridges and ziplines.
  • Unusual but fascinating, Lyon’s Automatons Museum has a collection of 250 animated dolls spread out over 20 scenes.
  • In Villars-les-Dombes, 25 km from Lyon, you can visit Parc Oiseaux, a bird park that’s home to around 400 species from around the world.
  • Around 40 km north of Lyon, Touro Parc is a zoo and amusement park, with over 700 animal species. It also has a waterpark with giant waterslides.

Latest Lyon Hotel Reviews

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Great hotel for conference in Lyon
By hbreton
Though far from the city center this hotel is ideal when attending a conference at the Lyon Conference Center. Access is easy via the different buses / trolley buses that have stops just outside the [More] hotel. Rooms can have a view of the Rhone which is nice. High quality hotel. I enjoyed the use of the bathrobe and the Molton Brown toiletries. [Less]
Great sleep
By Elgali
The hotel was excelent the best bed for A great sleep [Less]
A Lovely new-ish hotel Comfortable Beds
By gulfstreamprincess
My first time at this hotel. I found it to be very comfortable, the bed particularly was excellent. Wifi was a good speed and there were no issues with dropping signal. The rooms were light and airy [More] and there are plenty of power outlets. Being able to open the windows was an added bonus. The room service quality was very good, tasty and well presented. The French fries were a little odd, in that they were "curly" but other than that, it was very nice! Price was ok, tray charge of €5, which I find is happening in all hotels now. Bit annoying. [Less]
Nice place for shopping by
By 4j-a
We spent only 1 nite, We couldnt see the whole propose range but So far we met Nice people there. Thx [Less]
Comfortable stay
By Drdre
We stayed as a family in this hotel. Everything seemed fine to us. The only thing, like most of Europe was the lack of two proper beds for 4 people. Our two kids had to sleep on a pull out bed. We [More] knew this in advance. This seems typical in Europe and not a negative thing about this hotel. Just a general observation. I'm not sure if the hotel has two double beds available for rooms. Breakfast was ok, typical of European offerings. Good pastries. [Less]
A good hotel
By Dede2013
When will Holiday Inn decide to introduce the Mini Bar in rooms and avoid putting just an empty refrigerator? What do you suppose, that the guests will go shopping outside to fill the fridge? [More] :-( Otherwise, I had a good stay in a good hotel but very far from city center. [Less]

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