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Do you want to tour impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Presqu’île

    World Heritage Site
    The Place Bellecour, one of the biggest squares in Europe, and the Presqu’île today form the heart of Lyon. The peninsula is enclosed by the Rhône to the east and the Saône to the west and, like the Fourvière and the Vieux Lyon, is a World Heritage Site. It has shopping streets and pedestrian zones with elegant shops, popular bars and restaurants, the opera house, and several theatres and museums. The «islanders» include the long-established «bourgeois» families – the wealthy middle-classes.
    Place Bellecour
    69002 Lyon
  • Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière

    The basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, also called the White Basilica, has shaped the cityscape since 1896. It can be seen from almost everywhere and it offers breathtaking views of Lyon. In good weather, you can even see as far as the peaks of the Alps. Incidentally, Fourvière is the name of the hill on which the basilica stands. Along with the Vieux Lyon and the Presqu’île, it has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. Absolutely not to be missed!
    8 Place de Fourvière
    69005 Lyon
    +33 478 25 13 01
  • Cathédrale Saint-Jean

    L‘église Saint-Jeans-Baptiste-et- Saint-Étienne, to give it its full name. To the Lyonnais, it is simply the Saint-Jean. It was built between 1180 and 1480 in the Roman and Gothic styles. Saint-Jean is the seat of the Arch Bishop of Lyon, and features heavily in the history of France. Numerous events have taken place here: Pope John XXII was crowned here; Richelieu accepted his cardinal’s hat here, and Napoleon and his wife Josephine were also received in the Saint-Jean. One very special highlight is the astronomical clock inside the cathedral.
    Place Saint-Jean
    69005 Lyon
    +33 6 60 83 53 97
  • Les Halles de Lyon

    Paul Bocuse
    A veritable feast for the eyes – and palate! The "Belly of Lyon" has been in existence since 1859 and is one of the city’s landmarks. It’s a unique place, without parallel, where around 60 top producers offer their regional products. Tiny restaurants tempt guests to pop in for an aperitif, for Lyonnais specialities or to sample the delicious oysters. Everyone knows everyone else. The atmosphere is welcoming. After the halls were renovated and modernised, they were renamed "Paul Bocuse", who can be seen there early every morning, visiting his favourite suppliers. These market halls are simply are must.
    102 Cours Lafayette
    69003 Lyon
    +33 478 62 39 33
  • Jocteur le Boulanger de L'île Barbe

    Delicious baked goods
    This bakery, close to the Île Barbe, is a veritable gem. It’s a flourishing concern, because of course word has spread that its baked goods are so good. On fine days, you can enjoy Philippe March Jocteur’s specialities under the trees in front of the store. It’s an idyllic spot, and as romantic as something out of a French film. Incidentally, twice a day Jocteur delivers his fresh rolls to Paul Bocuse’s Auberge.
    5 Place Henri Barbusse
    69009 Lyon
    +33 478 83 98 35
  • Nicolas Fafiotte

    This young designer is a star in Lyon, even though he is only just embarking on his career. His specialities are bespoke cocktail dresses and wedding dresses in particular. He is uncomplicated, modest, daring and amusing. After studying fashion in Lyon and Paris, he worked in the couture atelier of Emanuel Ungaro in Paris. He then opened his own boutique in Lyon. He loves beauty and chic sophistication, which he seasons with a touch of shock and show.
    8 Rue du Plat
    69002 Lyon
    +33 472 41 84 79
  • Bernachon

    According to Maurice Bernachon, the company's founder, chocolate is a food rather than a sweet treat. He set up the confiserie in 1953 and was the first to personally select and roast his own cocoa beans. All Bernachon chocolates are made by hand. You can’t buy them anywhere else but they are sent around the globe.
    42 Cours Franklin Roosevelt
    69006 Lyon
    +33 478 24 37 98
  • Musée Gallo-Romain de Fourvière

    The history of Lyons
    The ancient Romans established their city of Lugdunum on Fourvière hill, naming it after Lug, the god of light. They built theatres, temples and public baths as well as a large amphitheatre with seating for 11,000 spectators. This was not excavated until 1933. The Gallo-Roman Museum, which is situated right next door, is almost invisible since it merges perfectly with the hill and the landscape. The museum has a very rich collection of archaeological finds, and tells the story of the city from prehistoric times until the 7th century.
    17 Rue Cléberg
    69005 Lyon
    +33 472 38 49 30
  • Musée Gadagne

    History & puppets
    Many years were spent renovating the Renaissance palaces that are home to the two Gadagne museums. One is dedicated to the history of Lyon, the other to puppets and marionettes from around the world. The two palaces were declared listed buildings in 1920 – a truly magic place in the Vieux Lyon. Closed on Mondays.
    1 Place du Petit Collège
    69005 Lyon
    +33 478 42 03 61
  • Musée des Tissus

    The history of silk
    This lovely mansion contains the world’s largest collection of fabrics. It tells the story of the history of silk, which had an immense influence on the development of Lyon from the 17th to 20th centuries. Various exhibitions are also held. Closed on Mondays.
    34 Rue de la Charité
    69002 Lyon
    +33 478 38 42 00
  • Institut Lumière

    For film buffs
    In 1895, brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière invented and patented the cinematograph. The Musée Lumière opened in 2003, and serves primarily to preserve the aspects of French film-making. The museum shows both the artistic and the technical sides of the Lumière brothers’ revolutionary invention. They used their first camera to shoot the film «La sortie des usines Lumière». The original «hanger» seen in this first film is now part of the museum. Closed on Mondays.
    25 Rue du Premiere Film
    69008 Lyon
    +33 478 78 18 95
  • Musée des Beaux Arts

    Loveliest collections
    After the Louvre in Paris, the Musée des Beaux Arts in Lyon is the biggest museum in Europe. The collection is also one of the finest in Europe. Since 1803 it has been housed in the Palais Saint-Pierre, once the royal abbey of the Dames de Saint-Pierre, a 17th century former convent. There is a lovely garden in the courtyard, and the 70 rooms form two principal sections: Antiquity, primarily ancient Egypt, and paintings of the 14th to 20th centuries. Closed on Mondays.
    20 Place des Terreaux
    69001 Lyon
    +33 472 10 17 40


My absolute favourite pub in Lyon is the King Arthur, a traditional English pub with a very wide selection of beers, a pleasant atmosphere and a wonderful terrace.

King Arthur Pub
10 Rue de la Monnaie
69002 Lyon
+33 4 78 60 11 62

The riverside path «Les Berges du Rhône» runs along the banks of the Rhône in Lyon. There are in the region of ten bars/restaurants right on the quay, perfect, for instance, for a romantic date or if you would just like to enjoy the lovely views. The restaurants and bars are all on boats. My favourite is the bar «La Passagère». Little concerts are often held there and on other boats.

Bar La Passagère
21 Quai Victor Augagneur
69003 Lyon
+33 4 72 73 36 98

Bouchons are old Lyons restaurants. Most have a long tradition and their own history. In former days, most of the meals prepared here consisted of offal, which is still the case today although most of the population is no longer as keen on it. "Café Comptoir Abel" is one of the oldest, best and most authentic bouchons in Lyon. The prices might be a little on the high side, but the food really is sensational!

Café Comptoir Abel
25 Rue Guynemer
69002 Lyon
+33 4 78 37 46 18