Culinary tourism in France’s gastronomic capital Lyon

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Most of Lyon’s best-known restaurants are scattered throughout the bustling Presqu’île district, between the Saône and the Rhône. Venture a little further afield to experience the city’s hidden gems and explore more of its vibrant neighborhoods.

We’ve gathered our top recommendations for eating your way through Lyon.

For a picnic lunch: Fromagerie MONS, Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

Thanks to the stylish 2007 architectural redevelopment of the Rhône’s left bank, Lyon has a perfect picnicking spot to enjoy gourmet goodies. Fill your basket at the Les Halles covered market, a foodie mecca with its vast selection of foie gras, charcuterie and sweets. The true highlight is artisanal cheese from Mons – try creamy Saint-Félicien and strong, spicy Bleu d’Auvergne.

For a celebratory dinner: Le Nef des Fous

Dine like a local in the unique ambiance of this Old Town restaurant. With stained-red walls, upholstered seating and warm lighting, Le Nef des Fous (“The Ship of Fools” in English) is a date night winner worthy of landmark anniversary celebrations. Order the calf sweetbreads with Armagnac flambéed oyster mushrooms – meat dishes are Lyon’s specialty.

For indulging your sweet tooth: Bernachon

 You can’t travel to France without sampling chocolate. In Lyon, this most traditional of chocolatiers is the only place to go. Everything at Bernachon is done in-house: the shop roasts and grinds its own cocoa beans into a stunning array of chocolate bars. Try their signature ganache, the Palet d’Or. The creamy dark chocolate is adorned with gold leaf flecks – hence the name, which means “golden disc.”

For an aperitif: La Cave des Voyagers

In a corner of Lyon’s old town, you’ll find the city’s oldest wine bar. La Cave des Voyagers offers a carefully hand-selected wine list that pairs perfectly with their signature cheese and charcuterie boards. Ask the proprietor for guidance on local wines – Lyon falls neatly between Beaujolais to the north and Côtes du Rhône in the south.

For Sunday brunch: Café Mokxa

The most daunting part of a weekend city break in Lyon is finding somewhere to eat when the shops are closed on Sunday. Luckily, the bustling cobbled streets of Croix Rousse will lead you to the city’s best coffee at Café Mokxa. Hide out for an hour or two if you’re lucky enough to get one of the shop’s tiny tables, and remember to try their famous carrot cake.

And if you’re partial to an indulgent breakfast in bed, our stylish hotel in Lyon serves up coffee with a view. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Lyon, is conveniently located a stone’s throw from the Old Town in the landmark Tour Part Dieu building, offering stunning panoramas of the city and the French Alps – the perfect base for your culinary tour.

 

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