France’s capital of gastronomy is a party for your palate

Lyon’s restaurants are the envy of slavering gourmands worldwide. But it’s not just about food – there’s plenty of culture to sink your teeth into. From the rarefied world of the Opéra National to the origins of cinema at the Musée Lumière, Lyon’s a feast for the body and mind. Bon appétit!

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Opéra National de Lyon


The toast of Lyon. Not only is this a tip-top opera house, it’s a magnificent marriage of old and new styles. Grand, neo-classical columns are interspersed with massive panes, topped by a curved glass roof. This toaster-like shape is the origin of its local nickname – “Le Grille-Pain”. This tuneful toaster regularly cooks up piping hot opera, chamber music and even jazz.

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Musée des Beaux-Arts


Mad about Monet? Gaga for Gaugin? Potty for Picasso? You’re in luck – Lyon’s Fine Arts Museum has all this and more. Grab an audio guide and roam its grand corridors, stopping to inspect brilliant brushwork and sculpted muscle. Peek into the Ancient Egypt section, replete with ornate sarcophagi and the shattered visages of emperors. Head to the leafy garden for a quiet moment.

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  • 20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Monday 10:00-18:00, Wednesday-Thursday 10:00-18:00, Friday 10:30-18:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-18:00
Place des Terreaux

Popular Areas

What does Place des Terreaux share with Liberty Island, New York? An iconic statue designed by Frédéric Bartholdi, of course! Lyon’s main square is home to a fountain that depicts a woman reining in four wild horses. The lady in question is France herself – complete with suitably Gallic nonchalance. During the day, sit down at a café next to these steeds and soak up the sun.

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Rue de la République

Popular Areas

Liberté! Égalité! Consumérisme! Rue de la République is Lyon’s capital of commerce. Its two separate Starbucks should give you an idea of what you’re up against! This shopping street teems with retail fiends and Sunday strollers alike. In fact, the range of passers-by makes it a prime spot to people-gaze. Bag a bench in Place de la République and watch the action unfold.

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  • Rue de la République, 69002 Lyon
Musée des Miniatures et Décors de Cinéma - Maison des Avocats


“There’s no business like show business!” This museum takes you behind the scenes of numerous Hollywood blockbusters. Its exhibits unveil the cunning trickery and sneaky SFX that have passed unnoticed into cinematic legend. Come face-to-face with cheeky Gremlins and a snarling, animatronic Queen Alien. And in the miniature section, squint at the craft behind detailed dioramas.

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Place Bellecour


Place Bellecour is a seriously sizable square. Its prodigious expanse makes it one of the biggest in France. Alone in the centre is a statue of the Sun King, Louis XIV, orbited by passers-by. At Christmastime, the square becomes a winter wonderland, complete with ice rink and Ferris wheel. If you’re into rollerblading, head down on a Friday for a wheeled tour of the city.

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  • Place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon
Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière


An altar at altitude. This basilica sits atop Fourvière Hill, surveying the city from up on high. Inside, it’s a cavernous space stuffed with saintly statues, angelic inlays and gleaming gold. Scale the thigh-busting stairs from street level – you’ll be rewarded with vistas that sweep all the way from the city beneath to the mighty Alps on the horizon. Ave Maria!

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Halles de Lyon

Shopping Areas

Give in to temptation! Halles de Lyon is Lyon’s high temple of haute cuisine, a covered market that brims with edible treats. You’ll find the gold standard of fine wines, tangy cheeses and tender charcuterie under one roof. For something typically Lyonese, crack open a beautiful Beaujolais and tuck into some oysters at one of the stalls.

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Théâtres Romains de Fourvière


Friends, Romans, countrymen – check out this amphitheatre. Built 2000 years ago, its sweeping cascade of stone steps used to hold 10,000 toga-clad theatre-goers. As you gaze up from the stage, let your imagination fill in the blanks where time’s ravages have left crumbled wall or empty space. To tie the threads of performance old and new, catch the Nuits de Fourvière Festival.

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Institut & Musée Lumiere


Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Kevin Bacon… All these people owe their fame to Lyon’s Lumière brothers. In this very house, these moustachioed luminaries invented the cinematograph and recorded the first short film, spawning an art form that would take over the world. Check out their array of inventions inside, or time your visit to catch one of their regular retrospectives.

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Accommodations and Hotels in Lyon

Okko Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 1912 ratings.


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  • 14 bis quai Général Sarrail, 6th arr., Lyon
Cour des Loges

8.7 Excellent

Score from 739 ratings.


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  • 6, rue du Boeuf, 5th arr., Lyon
Hôtel Le Boulevardier

8 Very good

Score from 184 ratings.


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  • 5, rue de la Fromagerie, 1st arr., Lyon
Hotel Elysée

8.4 Very good

Score from 682 ratings.


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  • 92 rue Président Edouard Herriot, 2nd arr., Lyon
Hôtel Lyon Métropole

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1284 ratings.


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  • 85 quai Joseph Gillet, 4th arr., Lyon
Hôtel Carlton Lyon - MGallery Collection

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 939 ratings.


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  • 4 rue Jussieu, 2nd arr., Lyon
La Résidence

8.1 Very good

Score from 1085 ratings.


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  • 18, Rue Victor Hugo, 2nd arr., Lyon
Le Saint Pierre des Terreaux

7.2 Good

Score from 285 ratings.


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  • 8 Rue Paul Chenavard, 1st arr., Lyon
Novotel Lyon Confluence

8.5 Very good

Score from 1519 ratings.


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  • 3, rue Montrochet, 2nd arr., Lyon
Discover Lyon

Popular Neighborhoods in Lyon

2nd arr.

92 properties

Land ho! Positioned between Lyon’s two rivers, La Presqu’île is known as “Almost an Island”. And it’s filled with treasures. Spend your pieces of eight on Rue de la République or in the flashy shopping centre, La Confluence. If you’ve worked up a buccaneer’s appetite, set a course for Rue Mercière; this narrow passage is famed for its top-notch eateries.

3rd arr.

54 properties

The sky’s the limit in Part-Dieu. This business district solved its growing need for office space by building upwards. Skyscrapers sprout out of the concrete at ten a penny, from the pencil-shaped Tour de Crédit Lyonnais to the glass-bound Tour Incity. To disconnect from the rat race, touch the culinary heavens in Halles de Lyon.

5th arr.

47 properties

Feel the weight of history. Under the watchful eye of the lofty Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, these streets are a maze of revelations. Duck into the mediaeval “traboules” (narrow alleyways) to see where you end up. Tuck into a hearty lunch in a traditional “bouchon” restaurant before cutting a rug at Alibi or La Grange au Bouc.

1st arr.

44 properties

This district never sleeps. During the day, culture vultures flock to Musée des Beaux Arts to feast their eyes on paintings by Rodin, Renoir and Rubens. At dusk, Opéra de Lyon is a beacon that beckons opera buffs. Join the buzz at joints like Les Fils à Maman (don’t miss the Kinder tiramisu). Then, boogie into the wee hours on Rue Sainte Cathérine.

6th arr.

42 properties

A walk in the park. This district straddles Parc de la Tête d’Or, a haven of lawns and lakes where locals come to leave modern life behind. On one side of the park, young and moneyed Lyonnais splash their euros in swanky bars like F&K and Le Boudoir. On the other, visiting businessmen set up shop in Cité Internationale Congress Centre.

7th arr.

28 properties

When in Rhône! This riverside district holds two great arenas, which regularly pack to the rafters with screaming locals. Stade Gerland is the impressive home stadium of Olympique Lyonnais (“OL” for short), one of France’s premier ball-kicking entities. Adjacent Tony Garnier Hall hosts all manner of musical magicians, from Metallica to Miley Cyrus.

4th arr.

20 properties

La Croix-Rousse is firmly woven into Lyon’s history. This is where the “canuts” (silk workers) used to operate the looms that made the city rich. Head up to Le Gros Caillou viewpoint before making a silky-smooth descent, winding your way past countless Bohemian boutiques flogging funky jewellery, handmade puppets or organic grub.

8th arr.

14 properties

Appearances can deceive. Looking at this quiet district, with its sleepy streets and humble houses, you’d never guess at its huge global significance. But this is the crucible of cinema – the Musée Lumière is where two local brothers made the world’s first motion picture. Catch an afternoon showing before chomping on fine steak at Bistro Autrement.

9th arr.

9 properties

Vaise is undergoing major remedial work. A Vaise-lift, if you will. Once an industrial heartland, apartments and offices have replaced the factories of old. Grab a “Vélo’V” (city bike) and trundle along the riverbank, or pop across to Île Barbe. Speed freaks can get a risk-free adrenaline fix at the I-Way simulator of Formula 1 and fighter jets.

Local Tips for Lyon

Theatre in la Croix-Rousse
by Amandine

Amandine recently arrived in Lyon and loves the city’s exciting atmosphere.

If you go to the Croix-Rousse area, you have to stop by Le Rideau Rouge Café-Théâtre! It is definitely the place to go if you want to experience French plays in an authentic theatre!

  • 1 Place Bertone, 69004 Lyon
A drink on top of Musée Gadagne
by Carolyne

Carolyne has spent 10 years in Lyon and still enjoys discovering new places within the city.

On top of the Musée Gadagne you will find a terrace with a fantastic view of the Gadagne Gardens, where you can enjoy a drink or some food. And don't worry, you don't need to pay he museum fee to access the terrace.

Mix culture and food at Musée des Beaux-Arts
by Marjorie

Marjorie has spent 27 years in Lyon and loves showing her friends around when they come to visit.

If you like art and museums you can admire some beautiful masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts. There is also a courtyard where you can relax on a bench or grab something to eat at Café Les Terrasses Saint Pierre.

  • 20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Monday 10:00-18:00, Wednesday-Thursday 10:00-18:00, Friday 10:30-18:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-18:00
Walking and partying!
by Alexandre

After 10 years in the city, Alexandre is convinced Lyon is the place for him!

The Rhône's riverside is full of life, especially during summer. Enjoy a peaceful walk from Gerland Stadium to Parc de la Tête d'Or or party away on one of the river’s many barges.

Get lost in the hills of Lyon
by Leslie

Leslie has lived in Lyon for 2 years and enjoys the city’s nightlife and restaurants.

When I have friends or family over to visit me, I like to take them to Vieux Lyon and then by funicular to Cathedrale Fourviere, where the view of the city is stunning. I also like to go to Croix-Rousse hill to enjoy the atmosphere, small shops, narrow streets, pubs and restaurants.

by Hélène

Hélène is born and raised in Lyon and says the more she travels the more she loves her home town.

The Traboules are hidden passages and corridors between Lyon’s buildings. One of my favourites is at 24 rue Saint-Jean. Don't hesitate to push the door open to admire the beautiful courtyard. There is another famous one on 9 place Clobert named La Cour des Voraces.

Belvédère Abbé Larue
by Mélanie

Mélanie fell in love with Lyon whilst exploring the city’s less known places.

Behind a heavy metal door on Fourvière Hill you will find the Belvédère Abbé Larue. It's a large garden from which you have stunning panoramic views of Lyon. The whole city is at your feet. You can unwind under a tree or play a game to try and recognize the main monuments of the city.

  • Place de L'abbé Larue, 69005 Lyon
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-19:00
Confluence and La Sucrière
by Mailys

Mailys was born in Lyon and loves finding unexpected places on her walks across town.

Take the Vaporetto boat from the city centre to Confluence, the newest area of the Presqu'île. You can go shopping in the mall, admire the modern architecture, sip a cocktail with a view of the Saône and follow the docks to La Sucrière, which often hosts modern art and design exhibitions.

Village des Créateurs
by Déborah

Déborah loves how her home town constantly surprises her with new things to see and do.

Discover the audacity and creativity of local Lyon creators in this concept store for fashion, decoration and design.

Relaxing in Parc de la Tête d'Or
by Claire

Claire and her 3 daughters found all they had dreamed of in a city after moving to Lyon 2 years ago.

Le Parc de la Tête d'Or is one of France's largest urban parks covering a total of 105 hectares including 17 hectares of lakes. The locals love coming here to unwind. You can see people running, having a picnic or watching the African plain in the zoo with their children.

  • Place Général Leclerc, 69006 Lyon
  • Open Monday-Sunday 06:30-20:30. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Quai du Rhône
by Aline

Aline enjoyed the closeness to the Alps during her 10-year stay in Lyon.

Grab a Velov' and cycle from Gerland to Miribel Park passing by river barges where you can stop for a drink. If Miribel Park seems too far, you can visit Parc de la Tête d'Or by bike!

Nightlife at Pentes de la Croix-Rousse
by Myriam

Myriam felt right at home in Lyon’s warm atmosphere from the very beginning of her 6-month stay.

Climb the hills of la Croix-Rousse to enjoy the architecture and music venues. Stop by Trokson for a drink and a concert in a friendly atmosphere and end the evening on La Maison Mère’s dance floor, where you'll get musically hypnotized by the electronic vibes. asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Lyon for food?

Fresh local foods in many cafes

French bouchon.

eat where the locals are eating

They are very interesting, easy to underestimate if you see a modest entrance way. However, beware that Lyon seems to almost shut down on a Monday. Plan around this if you are there for a full week.

Get the Lyon City Pass which opens doors to most of the sights and experiences. It includes a ride on the funicular to the cathedral and Roman ruins, other public transportation, museum admissions, a guided tour of the Midieval City where the guide literally opens doors to hidden passageways you would not find, explore or understand on your own. It also includes a boat tour on the Rhone and Saone rivers which run through the heart of the city.

The view and that the whole cathedral is accessible for wheelchairs

Walk around, look up at the fine Paris in many ways. See modern additions from a river boat trip.

Most restaurant serves decent food at affordable prices. Esp Jeremy galvin restaurant its value for money for the quality of food. Throughly enjoyed my meal there.

Beaux arts, tissue musee


Lyon Transportation

Air – Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport

The easiest way to reach Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport is by tram (Rhône Express). It takes 30 minutes to get to Lyon and runs every 15 minutes from 06:00–21:00, and every 30 minutes from 21:00–00:00 and 04:25–06:00. A one-way ticket costs EUR 15.70 (EUR 13 for 12 to 25-year-olds, free for under-12s), while a return ticket costs EUR 27.40. Tickets can be bought at machines or online, where they are slightly cheaper. A taxi to Lyon would cost between EUR 50 and EUR 75.


Trains in Lyon are mainly used to reach the suburbs or other cities, such as Paris and Marseilles. The city-centre stations, Lyon Part-Dieu and Lyon Perrache are connected by the SNCF network, which also links with suburban stations (Lyon Jean Macé to the east, Lyon Saint-Paul and Lyon Gorge de Loup in the north). Tickets can be bought online, or at counters and machines in stations. Remember to validate your ticket in the station before getting on the train.


Lyon has 4 metro lines (A, B, C and D) which can be used to travel across the city centre. Stations are easily identified by their red ‘M’ sign. You can buy tickets at machines in the stations or at tram stops, and a single ticket costs EUR 1.70. The metro runs from 05:00–00:00 every day apart from 1st May, when there’s no service.


There are 5 tram lines which run across the city and out to the airport. Trams run from 05:00–00:00 every day (except 1st May, when there is no service). A ‘T’ sign marks the platform, where you can buy tickets from machines. A single ticket costs EUR 1.70 and can be used on the tram, bus, metro or funicular. Make sure you validate your ticket once you’re on the tram.


Lyon has over 100 main bus lines around the inner and outer city, run by the TCL bus, tram and metro network. White and red-coloured buses run daily from 05:00–00:00 for most lines (be aware that some lines stop around 22:00). A single ticket will cost EUR 2 on the bus, or EUR 1.70 if bought at a machine in a metro station, at a tram stop or bus stop. Bus tickets need to be validated once you’re on board.


Lyon’s funicular railway is made up of 2 lines, used mainly to travel to landmarks including Fourvière Hill. You can spot the green signs marking funicular stops, and buy tickets at the machines next to the stop. The funicular runs from 05:23–00:00 (F1 line) and 06:00–22:00 (F2 line) and a single ticket costs EUR 2.60.


There are around 50 taxi ranks around the city, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A minimum fare of EUR 6.86 applies, with day rates operating from 07:00 until 19:00 – after that, a higher night rate will apply. Bear in mind that there is usually a surcharge for motorway toll fees and an extra charge of EUR 1.60 for pick-ups and drop-offs at the airport, Lyon Perrache and Lieu Part-Dieu railway stations and the Parc d’Exposition de Chassieu.


Lyon is a good city for cycling and has over 320 km of bike routes. Red and grey Vélo'v bikes can be hired at any time from bike stations dotted around the city: the first 30 minutes of use are free of charge, while a 1-day ticket costs EUR 1.50 and a 7-day ticket costs EUR 5. Users need to be over 14 years old.

Food in Lyon

Top Restaurants in Lyon

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Laureline's Corner
  • 4 Rue Romarin, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Wednesday to Sunday 12:00–19:00
Upscale Dining
Les Chats Siamois
  • 4 Petite rue des Feuillants, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Friday 12:00–14:00 and 19:00–22:00, Saturday 19:00–22:30
Cheap Eats
Le Boston Tavern
  • 8 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon
  • Open every day 08:30–01:00
Cheap Eats
Le Comptoir des Tartines
  • 56 Rue Servient, 69003 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Thursday 11:00–15:00 and 18:00–22:00, Friday 11:00–15:00
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Chez Paul
  • 11 Rue Major Martin, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:00–14:00 and 19:30–23:00
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33 Cité
  • 33 Quai Charles de Gaulle, 69006 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Sunday 12:00–14:00 and 19:00–23:00
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Le Caro de Lyon
  • 25 Rue du Bât-d'Argent, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 12:00–14:30 and 19:30–00:00
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Best Bagels
  • 1 Place Tobie Robatel, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Tuesday 11:30–22:00, Wednesday to Saturday 11:30–23:00, Sunday 11:00–14:30
Upscale Dining
  • 53 Rue de l'Université, 69007 Lyon
  • Open every day 11:30–14:30 and 19:00–22:30
Cheap Eats
  • 22 Rue de la Platière, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Saturday 11:00–15:00 and 18:30–22:00
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Le Balmoral
  • 15 Rue Lanterne, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:00–14:00 and 19:30–23:00
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Butcher Est.2011
  • 30 Rue Lanterne, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Tuesday to Friday 19:30–22:30, Saturday to Sunday 12:00–14:30 and 19:30–22:30
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Rivière Kwaï
  • 7 Rue Chavanne, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Thursday 12:00–14:00 and 19:45–22:00, Friday to Saturday 19:45–22:30
Mid-Range Fare
  • 17 Rue Gentil, 69002 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Saturday 11:00–23:00
Upscale Dining
Brasserie Le Nord
  • 18 Rue Neuve, 69002 Lyon
  • Open every day 12:00–14:00 and 19:30– 23:00
Upscale Dining
Le Jean Moulin
  • 22 Rue Gentil, 69002 Lyon
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 12:00–13:30 and 20:00–21:30
Upscale Dining
Institut Paul Bocuse
  • 20 Place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 12:00–13:00 and 19:30–21:00
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Delices et sens
  • 19 Rue Gentil, 69002 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:00–14:00 and 19:00–23:00
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Ramen Shop
  • 10 Rue Palais Grillet, 69002 Lyon
  • Open every day 11:00–14:30 and 18:00–22:30
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Pique-Nique en Ville
  • 4 Rue Dubois, 69002 Lyon
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 12:00–15:00 and 19:00–23:00
Mid-Range Fare
  • 24 Rue de la République, 69002 Lyon
  • Open every day 11:00–01:00
Upscale Dining
La Mère Brazier
  • 12 Rue Royale, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Monday to Friday 12:00–13:30 and 19:45–21:15
Mid-Range Fare
Middle Eastern
Le Mont Liban
  • 19 Rue Mercière, 69002 Lyon
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 12:00–15:00 and 19:30–23:00
Mid-Range Fare
  • 3 Rue des Pierres Plantées, 69001 Lyon
  • Open Tuesday to Wednesday 19:30–21:30, Thursday to Saturday 12:00–13:30 and 19:30–21:45
Upscale Dining
Brasserie l'Est
  • 14 Place Jules Ferry, 69006 Lyon
  • Open every day 12:00–14:00 and 19:30– 23:00
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