Lyon is a Roman city in the east of France, the heart of which lies between the Rivers Saône and Rhône. It is the second biggest city in France, after Paris, and yet still remains largely undiscovered by tourists. It has built itself a deserved reputation as the culinary capital of France, with a wide range of restaurants spread throughout the city, offering dishes from all the culinary regions of France.


There is a great deal to see just by walking around the old cobbled streets of Lyon. Lyon’s long history has resulted in an eclectic mix of architecture being present here, the most predominant style being Gothic. Examples of Lyon’s varied and beautiful architecture can be found in the Cathedral Saint Jean and the Palais de Justice. The Musee des Beaux Arts houses a great deal of beautiful arts and crafts ranging from ancient Greek and Egyptian to modern work such as that by Picasso. The Institut Lumiere pour le Cinema is home to displays on the history of modern cinema, and is worth going to see, even if it’s just to look at the beautiful house it is contained in.


There are several areas of Lyon which are ideal for shopping. For designer shops, departmental stores and boutiques, head to rue Victor Hugo, rue Emile Zola, rue Gasparin and rue de la Republique. Rue August Comte is the best place to visit for antiques shopping, and Part Dieu is an excellent precinct to visit for all round shopping.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Food is a very important aspect of Lyon’s character. The greatest concentration of restaurants can be found in Vieux-Lyon. The restaurants in Lyon are of a very high standard, serving a variety of international cuisine, but it is in the preparation of local cuisine that Lyon really excels itself. The local dishes include pork in Beaujolais, various beef stews, pullet hen with black truffles, and chicken liver soufflé – all available in a wide range of bistros and restaurants.

The bouchons are possibly what Lyon is most famous for gastronomically. These bistros are at the heart of cuisine in Lyon, and are where the majority of traditional dishes are served. Lyon has a number of clubs and bars to visit at night, most situated on rue Mercière and rue de la Monnaie. Vieux-Lyon is home to a number of bars, as well as the restaurants that it is renowned for.

Tourist Information

Tourist InfoOffice du Tourisme du Grand LyonPlace BellecourBP 225469214 Lyon cedex 02Tel : +33(0)472 776 969Email:


Lyon is served by two main airports, Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport is 15 miles east of central Lyon, and is the main airport in France, after Paris. The Lyon Bron airport, although smaller, is conveniently located in the centre of Lyon.

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