Lyon is usually called the capital city of gastronomy. For a long time, this was equated with sauces and a petit-bourgeois small town complex. But then the TGV high speed train linked Lyon with Paris and Marseille, Olympique de Lyon started to win League Championship after League Championship, and a new Lyon was suddenly filled with daring architecture, crowded cafés and avant-garde exhibitions.
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La Tribune de Lyon
In general, shops are open from 10am to 7pm.
Metropolitan area: 2,214,068
Office du tourisme du Grand Lyon
Place Bellecour, Lyon
Phone: +33 4 72 77 69 69
There is water everywhere, flowing under 28 bridges. Lyon is divided into different areas by two rivers, the Saône and Rhône, and two hills, La Croix-Rousse and Fourvière. In the west, by the Fourvière hill, is the bustling, historic city centre with its Renaissance pomp. It bears witness to the riches that the city’s profitable silk industry earned, following François the First’s tax reductions in 1536.
In 43 BC, the Romans founded the capital city of the Gallic provinces on a peninsula, at the foot of La Croix-Rousse and in the area around the Town Hall and the Opera, France’s most prominent architects and artists were given a free hand in the 1990s. The result was Post-Modern glamour: a Rococo opera with a glass dome, a grand square with columns and 69 water jets.
From the Town Hall and the Opera, the main shopping, restaurant and café streets, the rue de la République and rue Président Herriot, extend in a north-south direction. The Congress Centre with the 3,000 seat amphitheater built by Renzo Piano, the Contemporary Art Museum and Interpol sandwiched between the Rhône River and the Park de la Tête d’Or, are part of the business centre on the left bank of the river. The underground railway system is extensive - you seldom have to walk for more than 15 minutes.
Dive into culture, history, fashion and food in the wonderful city of Lyon. Whether you are here for a weekend or a week you will find countless things to do, from historic sights to world-class museums and pleasant city parks. Take your time and discover why it is so easy to fall in love with Lyon.
La Place des Terreaux/Bartholdi Fountain
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Le Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation
Plunge into the small, picturesque, yet lively world of Lyon’s traditional restaurants – the bouchons. Their menus display all the specialities from the local markets and traditional Lyon dishes. Lyon is also the capital of gastronomy and grande cuisine. The uncontested master of French cuisine, Paul Bocuse, has his restaurant by the Saone, and new chefs brimming over with creative talent abound. In Stendhal’s "Memoirs of a Tourist," he wrote: “I know one thing that you do very well in Lyon, you can eat admirably there.”
In grand French fashion, Lyon's cafes are a sight to behold. From grand squares such as Place des Terreaux, Place Louis Pradel to hidden alleys in the Old City, there is hardly a dull spot to stop for a coffee.
Grand Café des Négociants
Night owls will have no problem finding things to do in Lyon. After admiring the city's beautiful monuments lit up by night, go to one of many animated bars or clubs to discover Lyon's energetic night life.
Shopping becomes deceptively relaxed in a pedestrian-friendly city like Lyon. All you have to do is to follow the pedestrian route along the rue de la République and rue Président Edouard Herriot for your credit card to become overheated. But don’t forget that you are at the hub of the gastronomic galaxy. Failing to take a few samples of local specialities home would be a great mistake.
France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of other EU/Schengen countries, as well as citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country.
Saint-Exupéry Airport is located 25 km from the city. You can take the express tram, which is the fastest link between the center of Lyon and the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport. The journey takes less than 30 minutes. A taxi to and from the airport also takes approximately 30 minutes. Taking the TGV from Perrache or Part-Dieu, you can travel to or from Paris-Charles de Gaulle in just two hours.
Address: Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon
Best Time to Visit
Spring and early summer are favourite times to visit Lyon. The months of April, May and June bring the most pleasant weather, as well as the blooming of the foliage in the city's parks and rose gardens. Moreover, a visit during these months means beating the summer crowds.
TCL has an extensive bus, tram and underground railway system in Lyon. Day passes or two-hour passes, which allow for travel on all vehicles, are frequently the most practical choice for visitors.
Phone: +33 4 26 10 12 12
There are dozens of taxi companies in Lyon. Here are a few alternatives:
+33 4 78 28 23 23
+33 4 72 10 86 86
La Poste is generally open from 8am to 7pm. You can find one office at the following address:
Address: 112 boulevard des Belges, Lyon
Address: 5 place des Cordeliers, Lyon
Phone: +33 4 78 42 12 42
Country code: +33
Area code: 04
220 Volt, 50 AC