Widely regarded as France’s gastronomic capital with its famous bouchons and Michelin star restaurant, Lyon is now reinventing its classics throughout the city. Venture a little further afield to experience the city’s hidden gems and explore more of its vibrant neighborhoods. Read on to discover our top recommendations for eating your way through Lyon.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Rhône
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 Halles Paul Bocuse covered market, a foodie mecca like no others. Named after one of world’ most revered and well known chef, you will be able to find the very finest gourmet food from charcuterie, foie gras and pastries. The true highlight is artisanal cheese from Mons – try creamy Saint-Félicien and strong, spicy Bleu d’Auvergne.
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Eat like a local
Dine like a local in the unique ambiance of a bouchon, a typical restaurant which takes you back to the cuisine of “mères Lyonnaise”. With its timeless atmosphere, unique decoration and traditional dishes, the 3 Daniel & Denise restaurants are a date night winner worthy of landmark anniversary celebrations. Order a “mâchons”, a traditional meal made of pork and beef that Lyon silk-weaving workers used to have in the morning after their night work – meat dishes are Lyon’s specialty.
Get a feel for the city at the Hotel Dieu. Formerly known as a hospice, hospital and maternity ward, this historical landmark of Lyon is now home to shops and restaurants, all at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Grand Refectoire, a bistronomic restaurant located in the cozy atmosphere of the Hotel Dieu.
Drink like a local
While at the Hotel Dieu, go to the Officine bar located right at the foot of the emblematic Grand Dome. In addition to a menu rich in traditional drinks, bartenders have created a virtuous cocktail menu composed of six classic and essential elixirs magnified by half a dozen “Signature” cocktail. For a bit of mystery, go the cozy Fantôme bar located close to the Lyon Opera house. There you will be able to sip some of the best cocktails in the city while enjoying some timeless music from Nina Simone to Blondie or the Who.
The best view in Lyon
Reach for the stars at the Celest Restaurant. Located at the top of the Tour Crayon in the Radisson Blu Hotel, this restaurant offer some of the best panoramic views of the city while serving gastronomic cuisine prepared by Chef Fabrice De Flue.
Psst! Check out the 24H live view of the hotel any time you like.
Indulge in your sweet tooth
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.”
Sunday Brunch in the city
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.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Lyon, located a stone’s throw from the Old Town in the landmark Tour Part Dieu building, offers stunning panoramas of the city and the French Alps – the perfect base for your culinary tour!