Food lovers everywhere, feast your eyes on the French capital of gastronomy: Lyon. This stylish city is rich in history and culture. The beautiful old Lyon, a UNESCO world heritage site, lies between the hills of the Fourviere and Croix-Rousse. Here you will find traditional taverns, impressive architecture and an alternative music scene. So if you fancy experiencing good food in a modern, creative city with the dynamism of a former industrial hub, then look no further.
Lyon has evolved into a sophisticated city that now rivals Paris. Yes, the French capital has the Eiffel Tower, marvelous museums, a well-known cathedral and numerous fine cafes, but Lyon has most of those things as well. Granted, it doesn't have the iconic metal structure, but it does have a stunning cathedral, museums, galleries, good food, fine wine, music and is also home to Europe's largest urban project, La Confluence.
While visiting this exquisite city, you should make time to experience La Confluence. These environmentally friendly buildings sit on a tongue of land between the rivers Saone and Rhone. La Confluence has been described as a "smart city," as it produces more clean energy than it uses. If you like the art of gentrification, then this modern landmark is a must see.
The Nuits de Fourviere music festival is a popular event during the summer months. It attracts music lovers from far and wide, and with acts like Bjork, Sting and Lou Reed, it's not hard to see why.
Nobody does cuisine better than the French, and this hub has a range of fine restaurants to satisfy even the most refined pallets.
If you find yourself in the 7th arrondissement part of Lyon, you will be surrounded by bistro-type restaurants that offer a selection of foods. Fancy flammekueche anyone? If you're not quite sure what this is, it's a sort of Alsatian pizza, or perhaps you have a sweet tooth. In that case, how does banoffee pie sound?
Craving something a bit more exotic? Then head to the 6th arrondissement where you will find Chez Terra, a popular Japanese restaurant. The menu here is a little bijou, but everything is delicious.
If you want to enjoy the attractions of a big city without the long queues, then why not visit this gem of a city?
Les Halles Paul Bocuse.
L'Art et la maniere, 102 Grande Rue de Guillotiere, 69007.
Le Kichen Cafe, 34 rue Chevreul, 69007.
Cafe Sillon, 46 Avenue Jean Jaures, 69007.
Bouchon Thomas, 1-3-6-8 rue Laurencin, 69002.
Les Apothicaires, 23 rue de Seze, 69006.
Sebastien Bouillet, 15 place de la Croix-Rousse, 69004.
Le Garet, 7 rue Garet, 69001.
Musee des Confluences, 86 quai Perrache.
La sucriere Lyon, 49-50 quai Rambaud.
Musee d'Art contemporain de Lyon, 81 quai Charles de Gaulle.
Musee des Beaux - Arts, 20 place des Terreaux.
Nyacklyon boutique, 7 rue August Comte, 69002.
Heureux comme un Prince, Men Concept Store, 41 rue de la Charite, 69002.
Influence Concept Store, 43 rue August Comte, 69002.
Maison Mathuvu, 43 rue de la Charite, 69002.
La Croix Rousse food market, every Saturday Morning.
Villa Maia, Boutique Hotel, 8 rue Pierre Marion, 69005.
Cours des Loges, 6 rue du Boeuf, 69005.
Novotel Lyon Confluence, 3 Rue Paul Montrochet, 69002.
Mob Hotel, 55 Quai Rambaud, 69002.
Okko Hotel Lyon Pont Lafayette, 14 bis du General Sarrail, 69006.
Hotel Carlton Lyon MGallery, 4 rue Jussieu, 69002.