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Flights to Lyon (LYS)

Once one of France’s best-kept secrets, Lyon offers remarkable food, fantastic culture, gorgeous climate and fascinating history.
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Lyon, France

What to do in Lyon

Visit the museums

The Musée des Beaux Arts has the largest collection of Impressionist art outside Paris’s Musée d’Orsay (and a lovely courtyard garden). In addition, Lyon is where cinema was born, so check out the Musée Lumière, the museum dedicated to the two brothers who invented the cinematograph.

Musée des Beaux Arts
20 Place des Terreaux
69001
+33 4 72 10 17 40
mba-lyon.fr

Take a food tour

Lyon is rightly praised for food and it’s estimated that there are more than 2,000 restaurants in the city, all with a strong commitment to quality and taste. Try the Croix Rousse or Halle Lyon markets to find the freshest food. Or book a day with Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen, which will take you on a tour of the best outlets and teach you how to cook a typical French dish.

Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
49 Rue des Tables Claudiennes
69001
+33 9 51 72 22 08
plumlyon.com

Marvel at the Musée des Confluences

The Musée des Confluences, so-called because it’s situated at the southern end of the city where the Rhône and Saône Rivers meet, is a fabulously futuristic structure that opened in December 2014. The building itself is an attraction but once inside, immerse yourself in natural history and anthropology from across the centuries.

86 Quai Perrache
69002
+33 4 28 38 11 90
museedesconfluences.fr

Explore Lyon’s Old Town

With the finest collection of Renaissance architecture outside Florence, Lyon’s Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is a wonderful place to wander. Walk through the traboules (hidden passageways) and discover where silk weavers once hung their produce to dry, and where the French Resistance was based during the Second World War.

1 Place Neuve Saint-Jean
Vieux Lyon
69005
frenchmoments.eu/lyon-old-town

Cycle around Lyon’s squares

East of the Saône, Lyon’s narrow streets give way to grand metropolitan squares. Bellecour has fine statues, high-end shopping streets and art galleries, Les Célestins has a famous theatre, and Des Terreaux has the City Hall and the Musée Des Beaux Arts. There’s also Place des Jacobins, so hire a bicycle – try Vélo’v – to take them all in.

Vélo’v
Rue Billon
69100
Villeurbanne
+33 800 08 35 68
velov.grandlyon.com

Climb Fourvière Hill

This hill overlooking Lyon has some of the most magnificent urban panoramas in France. Take the funicular up to the basilica, then stroll down to the Old Town. The area comes alive during the Fête des Lumières in December, when residents pay tribute to Mary, mother of Jesus, and the Nuits Des Fourvière in summer, which features live music in the Roman outdoor theatre.

La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière
8 Place de Fourvière
69005
+33 4 78 25 13 01
fourviere.org/en

Where to eat in Lyon

Restaurant Pierre Orsi (French)

Pierre Orsi is one of a number of Lyon chefs and restaurateurs who learned his craft from Paul Bocuse, and his own traditional French establishment is now a firm favourite in the city. In a self-styled ‘little house’ near the Tête d'Or park, Orsi crafts classic dishes such as lobster and pigeon.

3 Place Kléber
69006
+33 4 7889 5768
pierreorsi.com/uk

Restaurant le Gourmet de Sèze (French)

Small and unpretentious, this cosy restaurant received a Michelin star for its modern yet classic cuisine. Chef Bernard Mariller only uses local, seasonal ingredients, which means the lunch menu changes depending on what he finds at the market. It makes for a great, spontaneous atmosphere.

125 Rue de Séze
69006
+33 4 7824 2342
le-gourmet-de-seze.com

Maison Clovis (French)

Michelin-starred Lebanese Chef Clovis Khoury set up this elegant eatery on the Boulevard Brotteaux. He serves innovative French dishes with subtle Middle Eastern twists from his open kitchen, where the love he has for his trade is plain to see.

19 Boulevard Brotteaux
69006
+33 4 7274 4461
maisonclovis.com

Les Terraces De Lyon (European)

Just like the name suggests, the terraces of this restaurant offer incredible views of the city. The spectacular setting within the five-star Villa Florentine is matched by the food; Chef Davy Tissot’s Michelin-starred cuisine covers a variety of French and Italian influences made with seasonal ingredients.

25 Montée Saint-Barthélémy
69005
+33 4 72 56 56 56 
villaflorentine.com/restaurant-gastronomique-lyon-fourviere

Le Café des Fédérations (French)

Dining out in Lyon is as much about the city's rustic bouchons (taverns), which offer warm welcome and hearty food, as it is about the Michelin-starred restaurants. Of all the bouchons, Le Café des Fédérations is among the best, serving up local specialties such as quenelle – a mixture of creamed fish, chicken or meat.

8-9-10 Rue Major Martin
69001
+33 4 7828 2600
lesfedeslyon.com (French language website)

L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges (French)

Chef Paul Bocuse has made Lyon one of the finest food destinations in all of France. His three Michelin-starred restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges is an enduring temple to traditional French gastronomy, and worth the 20-minute journey north of the city.

40 Quai De La Plage
69660
Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or
+33 4 7242 9090
bocuse.fr

Places to stay in Lyon

Sofitel Lyon Bellecour

The Sofitel is just a short walk from Place Bellecour, a large square in the centre of Lyon. This five-star hotel caters for all tastes, with a choice of contemporary or traditional French rooms. Topped off by Michelin-starred restaurant Les Trois Dômes, this is true luxury in the heart of the city.

20 Quai Gailleton
69002
+33 4 7241 2020
sofitel.com/sofitel-lyon-bellecour

Cour Des Loges

The award-winning five-star Cour Des Loges is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Lyon’s Old Town. Its 60 rooms and suites are set around a Renaissance-era courtyard and hanging gardens. With a spa and the Michelin-starred Loges restaurant on site, it’s the perfect base for a break in Lyon.

2-8, Rue du Boeuf
69005
+33 4 7277 4444
en.courdesloges.com

Villa Florentine

Villa Florentine is a luxurious five-star hotel with a history that dates back to the Renaissance. It's a peaceful haven that looks out over both Lyon’s modern city and its Unesco-listed Old Town. Add the exquisite Les Terraces De Lyon restaurant, and this is a refined yet traditional place just a few minutes from the centre.

25 Montée Saint-Barthélémy
69005
+33 4 7256 5656
luxuryhotellyon.co.uk

Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter is a global chain of hotels for travellers who want to stay somewhere trendy yet affordable. The Lyon branch is no different, and the rooms are described as ‘your dream cocoon for relaxing in the centre of Lyon’. The stylish restaurant here is excellent.

13 Rue Domer
69007
+33 4 7802 5800
mamashelter.com/en/lyon

Maison d'Anthouard

If you dream of the French countryside, but still want to be close to all the action in the city, then head for Maison d’Anthouard. Just 10 minutes from central Lyon yet set in parkland, this 18th century family home has been converted into a boutique hotel kitted out with all the mod cons.

2 Route de Champagne
69130
Ecully
+33 4 7836 5689
ma-hotel.com

Hotel Carlton Lyon

The Hotel Carlton is centrally located, right between the Rhône and Saône rivers. It's a mix of 19th century European design and thoroughly modern facilities. And some of the 80 rooms feature pieces by artists who have stayed here over the decades.

4 Rue Jussieu
69002
+33 4 7842 5651
accorhotels.com/hotel-carlton-lyon-mgallery-collection

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