After spending another wonderful weekend in Lyon, I thought I should write a blog post about what to do in Lyon and the best places to see and things to do.
Lyon is the second city in France after Paris and although it has similar charming streets, Lyon has the advantage of being located in the Alps. Which means the views you will get are insane! Surrounded by mountains you will really feel transported to a different world. Whichever season you are going there, the city will look amazing in different ways. You will enjoy the snow in winter and the lovely rivers in summer.
It is also important to remember that Lyon is the capital of gastronomy so if you are a foodie this weekend in Lyon will be paradise for your taste buds 🙂
PLACES TO SEE
Place Bellecour in the city centre
Most of the time there are some events gong on this place. It is right in the city centre so if you want to go shopping that’s the place to go.
From this place you can spot the Basilique below.
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière
This is my favorite monument in Lyon, from where you have an amazing view of all Lyon. You can get the metro and stop at Vieux Lyon – Fourviere and get the Funiculaire which will take you up the hill.
This a great spot to take photos of the city and admiring the view. You can also go inside the Basilique which is beautiful.
The Vieux Lyon
This is the old town with the lovely small streets and all the traditional shops selling typical French food from Lyon. You will find lots of café, boulangeries, ice cream places – perfect for a little break. I have shared below, in the food section, the best places for ice cream and patisserie. I would say that no weekend in Lyon should be spent without wandering around the vieux Lyon.
Another beautiful area in Lyon is Croix Rousse which is also located in the high surrounding of the city. Once you are up there, you will have another great view of the city. This is also the place where all the artists go. There are very good restaurants and bar as well.
The Opera in Lyon is very unique and worth seeing. If you are going to Croix Rousse, it will also be on your way.
Walk on the bridges by day and by night
Lyon has more than 20 bridges and all of them have their own charm.
THINGS TO DO
I really recommend you use the city bikes to explore the area as it will allow you to see so much and appreciate the beautiful surroundings; the architecture and you can then stop whenever you want.
If you have time, the “Parc de la tête d’or” is also worth doing. You can not only have a great walk around the park but you will see animals as there is a zoo within the park. You can check there for details – http://www.loisirs-parcdelatetedor.com/
PLACES TO EAT
As mentioned above, Lyon is the capital of gastronomy so if you will find plenty of great restaurants. I am only sharing the ones I have been to and which I liked so much that I can genuinely recommend them. If you want to try others, I am sure trip advisor can help.
This a lovely restaurant in those typical small and charming streets. If you can seat outside it is even better. The specialty as its name says is Tartine which is basically some bread with garnishing on it but they also have very good moules frites / Mussels.
Les 3 cochons (means the 3 pigs in French)
This is ideal if you want to try the local specialty food which is called Quenelles. It is so tasty, I really recommend it. Again it is located in small streets near place Bellecour.
That’s probably the best restaurant I have ever been in Lyon. The view of Lyon is splendid but the food is also exceptional. They do a three dishes menu for 29 euros and it is worth every penny. Everything is home-made and I would compare this to a gastro restaurant.
Ice cream – Terre Adélice
This is in the old town and it has the broadest choice of flavours I have ever seen !
Another specialty from Lyon is the praline which is basically some almond covered with a coating made of sugar – very sweet but so yummy!
You can find brioche with praline or even Tarte with praline. If you want to try, the best place is the Boulangerie du Palais. Expect the queue to be very long as all the people from Lyon know it is the best spot for praline bakery.
PLACES TO GO OUT
I have been out in town and on a boat near the bridge. I would definitely recommend the boat as it is different. During summer you also have everyone seating on the grass in the evening, listening to music and having a drink. It is a great atmosphere.
From the Airport to go to town you will have to take the train, the Rhone Express. It takes about 30 minutes. It is not cheap and if you are traveling back from the same airport I recommend you buy a return ticket as it will save you money. It is 14.90 euros one way and 26.20 euros return. It is also cheaper if you book in advance, 24.10 euros if you buy your tickets a month before. You can check the prices and book through the website – https://www.rhonexpress.fr/
The Metro in Lyon will take you everywhere and again if you are planning to explore the city, getting a 24h or 48h subway ticket is definitely worth it.
If you need to leave your luggage somewhere, the train station “Gare Part dieu” has lockers and prices are decent.
Hope you found this post about a weekend in Lyon useful and if you need more advice or have any questions, just let me know 🙂
Chiccie Chérie x