Lyon’s old town center has a secretive feel to it, thanks to the narrow passageways called traboules. These pass right through buildings and out the other side, often connecting with hidden courtyards.
Something else that contributes to Lyon's mysterious atmosphere is the festival of light. It has been taking place in the city since 1643, when the population was delivered from the plague. Originally, people just placed candles in their windows on the 8th of December, but these days there are elaborate sound and light shows. There is nothing mysterious about Lyon’s food heritage. The city has a huge range of dining options and can in all fairness be called the gastronomic capital of France.