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Fall in love with Lyon

Named an UNESCO world heritage site, the gastronomical capital of France and a shopper’s paradise it’s impossible not to fall in love with Lyon.

Crossed by two rivers, the Soane and Rhone, Lyon’s history dates back 2000 years. The city offers something for all tastes and interests. You will find everything from roman ruins and gothic architecture to futuristic buildings, festivals and delicious cuisine.

Lyon is a city of contrasts and mixes old and new seamlessly with some of the friendliest people in Europe.

Rhone Express

Station Part-Dieu Villette, 69003, Lyon, France

Getting from the airport to Lyon was fast and simple with the Rhone Express. There are ticket machines in the airport and trains take you to the main train station at Part Dieu within 30 minutes. You can get off earlier to transfer to the metro system depending on where you’re staying. The trains are new and the staff is helpful. It’s cheaper if you buy a round trip ticket instead of two singles.

Grand Hotel de la Paix

2 Place Francisque Regaud | 47 rue du President E. Herriot, 69002 Lyon, France

This budget hotel is located only a few minutes’ walk from the Cordeliers metro station and its central location is perfect for shopping, restaurants and is within walking distance of all the city sites. Staff was friendly and answered all my questions with enthusiasm. Guests can pick up free bottled water in the lobby which comes in handy on a hot day and in the evenings they had free food tastings.

Lyon City Greeters

Lyon, France

City Greeters is a great way to get the insider scoop on Lyon. Local residents volunteer their time to take visitors on 2 hour walking tours of the city. When you make a tour request you can select your areas of interest and a volunteer who shares your particular interests is assigned to you. You then are able to make contact with each other to make your meeting arrangements.

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L'Opentour Lyon City Tour

17 Rue Paul Chenavard, 69001 Lyon, France

If you’re short on time, a city bus tour is a perfect way to get an overview of the city sites. Most places in Lyon are easily reached on foot but I was happy that I took the tour first and got valuable information about the history and background of Lyon. It also gave me an opportunity to explore districts that were outside of the downtown area and that I wouldn’t have got to otherwise.

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Les Fines Gueules

16 Rue Lainerie | Vieux Lyon Quartier Saint Paul, 69005, Lyon, France

Lyon is famous for their Bouchon where you can find traditional Lyonnais cuisine. Restaurants displaying the official Bouchon Lyonnais label offer an authentic dining experience. As a solo traveller sometimes it can be intimidating venture into a restaurant full of people alone however the hosts at Les Fines Gueules in Vieux Lyon made my dining experience very enjoyable. I chose my meal from the Bouchon Menu which included a starter, main and dessert.

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Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse

102 Cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon, France

Since Lyon is considered the gastronomical capital of France and the home of famous Paul Bosce the city is a foodie paradise. This indoor market is full of some of the most exquisite French food available. There are all varieties of food stalls available including bakeries, delis, butchers, chocolatiers and cafes. You can eat there, buy gourmet souvenirs or stock up on treats for a lovely picnic.

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Parc du Centre, 34 Rue Billon, 69100 Villeurbanne, France

If you like the idea of biking in the city instead of taking public transportation, Velo’v is a good option. There are 200 stations located throughout Lyon where you can pick up and drop off the red and silver bikes. You can register for hourly, day or multiday passes. There are machines at each bike stations where you can pay by credit card.

Lyon Part Dieu Mall

17 Rue du Docteur Bouchut, 69003 Lyon, France

The Part Dieu district is home to both the city’s major shopping centre and the central train station. Lyon is a shopper’s paradise and has a lot of street level shops but if you’re craving a more commercial indoor experience La Part Dieu is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. Be sure to visit the French department store Les Galeries Lafayette. You can easily get there by metro or tram.

Les Puces du Canal

3 Rue Eugène Pottier, 69100 Villeurbanne, France

This huge flea market is open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays is definitely worth a visit if you have the chance to go. It’s just outside of the city and is reachable by bus number 7. With over 400 stalls there is everything you could possibly imagine at the flea market including art, souvenirs, vintage furniture and antiques. It’s an amazing place for browsing or getting yourself a bargain.

Passage de l'Argue

Passage de l'Argue, 69002 Lyon, France

The Passage de L’Argue is just off of rue Edouard-Herriot and is a covered shopping arcade that connects to rue de la Republique. It’s an elegant looking building dating back to the 1800’s and houses smaller boutique shops and café’s rather than the standard high street shops. Make sure to duck in a take a look.

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Les Traboules

2 Petite Rue des Feuillants, 69001 Lyon, France

Traboules are walkways through buildings linking the streets of the old town. They were once used to transport commercial goods so that they were protected by bad weather. Maps of the Traboules are available but I stumbled upon a few of them on my own. Just keep an eye out for big wooden doors and follow other people going through. Make sure to be quiet as you walk through since people live in the buildings.

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Place des Jacobins

69002 Lyon, France

Lyon has many public squares and one the most famous is Place des Jacobins. The elaborate fountain in the centre is the main attraction. There is seating in the square and the area is surrounded by shops and at night the square is lit up with tiny lights on the ground. It’s a beautiful spot in the city.

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Place Bellecour

Place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon, France

In the heart of the city centre, Place Bellcour is the largest of Lyon’s main squares. The focal point of the square is a statue of Louis XIV on a horse. The tourist information centre is located here and is a great starting point for your visit to Lyon. Surrounding the square are plenty of shops, restaurants, and a pedestrian street perfect for wandering and taking in the atmosphere of Lyon.

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Fourviere Hill

Lyon, France

The most spectacular views of the city are at the top of Fourviere Hill which can be reached by taking the funicular from the Vieux Lyon metro station. Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere which is visible throughout the city is located at the top of Fourviere Hill. Take your time here to relax and admire the city below. There is a museum of religious art, restaurant, souvenir shop and the Roman ruins nearby.

La Croix Rousse

69004 Lyon, France

La Croix Rousse is a charming neighbourhood is great area to check out. A few highlights are Le Mur des Canuts mural which depicts the lives of silk workers that the area was known as well as its food and flower market. If you want to find fresh local produce, meats, cheeses and baked goods this is the place to go. Prices are excellent and you can’t beat the quality.

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Jardin du Rosaire

Montee Saint-Barthelemy, Lyon 69005 France

Instead of taking the funicular back down from the top of Fourviere Hill you can make your way down the hillside to Vieux Lyon through the Jardins du Rosaire. It’s a peaceful walk through winding paths, trees, terraces and several fruit and flower gardens. There are also religious statues and symbols throughout the park in reference to the Rosary.

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La Fresque des Lyonnais

2 Rue de la Martinière, 69001 Lyon, France

The city of Lyon is known for its beautiful fresco murals and the most well-known is La Fresque des Lyonnais which celebrates the lives of famous Lyonnais people and daily life in the city. There are over 100 murals throughout the city and you will no doubt stumbled upon some of them on your our but you can also get a guide so that you can see as many as you like.

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Hotel de Ville District

69001 Lyon, France

The area of Hotel de Ville is a less touristy district of Lyon and is more frequented by locals. It is home to the Opera House and a lot of good bars and clubs. You can find anything from Irish pubs to Jazz bars just follow the crowd and enjoy. During the day there are often performers in front of the fountain across from the Opera House.

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La Confluence

La Confluence, 69002 Lyon, France

In great contrast to the historic centre of Lyon, the Confluence district is ultra-modern. A once declining area, it has become a sustainable living community featuring new businesses, a large shopping centre, green apartments and the impressive Musee de Confluence. Two buildings that make a bold statement and that are impossible to miss are the giant Green Cube and Orange cube. The Confluence district is located near Perrache Train station.

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Fontaine Bartholdi

Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France

Located in Place des Terreaux, Fontaine Bartholdi is Lyon’s most famous fountain. The fountain represents the 4 rivers of France and was created by the sample sculptor that built the Statue of Liberty. The fountain is surrounded by beautiful buildings and there are restaurants with outdoor seating where you can have a coffee or a meal.

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Nuits de Fourvière

1 Rue Cleberg, 69005 Lyon, France

As with many European cities Lyon boasts its own Roman ruins and amphitheatre located at the top of Fourviere Hill. During the months of June and July the theatre is host to a series of concerts, dance and theatre. Tickets prices vary on what show you choose to see but what could be better than seeing an amazing show out in the open air on a warm summer’s night? The setting of the Roman ruins is truly breathtaking.

Guillotiere

Lyon, France

A lot of the beauty of Lyon comes from the two rivers flowing though the city. Walking along the river banks and crisscrossing the many bridges is a delight. On the left bank of the Rhone in Guillotiere you’ll find Lyonnais hanging out and socializing on the big terrace steps. It’s a great place to stroll, enjoy the river view and have a lunch stop.

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Palais de Justice

1 Rue du Palais de Justice, 69005 Lyon, France

One of the most impressive buildings in Lyon is the courthouse sitting at one end of Pont Neuf which crosses over the Saone River. It is a beautiful neo-classical building featuring twenty four columns. The Palais de Justice is famous for several “infamous” trials. The view of the building from across the Saone is quite lovely especially at when it’s lit up at night. As you get closer you can really see its magnitude and admire the architectural design.

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Place Antonin Poncet

1 Place Antonin Poncet, Lyon 69002 France

Not far from Place Bellcour you can see a Bell Tower and the entrance to Place Antonin-Poncet. This beautiful town square has fountains, grassy areas and a colourful sculpture of a flower bouquet. It’s a great space to relax, have a picnic or simply people watch. On one side you get a spectaclur view of the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvieve up on the hill and on the other it’s just a few steps to the Rhone River.

Pathé

79 Rue de la République, 69002 Lyon, France

The Pathe cinema is right in the centre of Lyon in the main shopping district. The theatre is housed in an art deco building with 10 screens showing all the new Hollywood releases as well as foreign films. After a full day of sightseeing it’s nice to relax with a film. There are ticket machines at the entrance of the building.

Last updated at Dec 28, 2015