Celebrated as the gastronomic capital of the world, Lyon also vaunts diverse buildings, pretty cobbled streets and sparkling rivers.
From its ancient beginnings as the Roman capital of Gaul, through Italian-inspired Renaissance times to today’s modern skyscrapers, Lyon has much to offer any architecture buff. Explore the traboules (corridors) and courtyards of the UNESCO-recognised Old Town by foot and indulge in the ‘bouchons’ (old-fashioned bistros) on Presqu’ile peninsula, nestled between the Rhone and Saone rivers.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Beautiful architecture
- Café culture
- Culinary arts
Dining in Lyon
Lyon is often praised by chefs as a culinary mecca, so a trip to this city really will impress with its fabulous French gastronomy! French flavours in Lyon have undergone a modern transformation and many bistros and brasseries are showing off innovative takes on classic French dishes. Another reason Lyon is hailed as a gastronomic city is due to the location, with many of the finest ingredients delivered from elite farms in Charolais, Drome, Ardeche and seafood from Savoy and game from Dombes.
Must-try local dishes:
- Lyonnaise salad – A regional salad of frisee lettuce topped with a perfectly poached egg and thick bacon and then dressed with a warm vinaigrette.
- Quenelles – Pike dumplings with Bechamel and crayfish sauce.
- Tarte Lyonnaise – A wonderful, vibrant red praline tart.
Shopping in Lyon
Tiny boutiques set on cobbled streets and international brands in shopping malls give the discerning visitor a chance to experience all kinds of shopping. The vibrant Rue de la Republique offers good shopping as well as the Confluence Shopping Centre and the bustling La Part-Dieu Shopping Mall. For those wanting to find vintage or antique items, then head to the cool flea market at the Puces du Canal.
Osprey Holidays top tips
For four days around Dec 8th each year, the ‘festival des lumières’ transforms the city into a wonderland of lights. Book early!
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- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
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- Important information
Population 484,344 Languages French Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
- Average temperatures
(monthly highs °C)
- Distance from airports
Lyon Airport 28km
- Railway stations
Gare de Lyon-Perrache