First time in Lyon, France



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Reflected in the city’s architectural prowess, Lyon’s rich historical roots tell the story of a city that continually endeavours to maintain and enrich its proud cultural legacy. From UNESCO World Heritage architecture to the delicacies of a world renowned gastronomic tradition, the Lyonnais have infused their city with a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, resulting that the city has become one of France’s top tourist destinations.

Lyon’s physical geography is defined by two hilled areas and two rivers. The Saône and the Rhône rivers converge in the southern part of the city, forming the ‘presqu’île’ or peninsula where the famous Place Bellecour – the largest pedestrian square in Europe – lies roughly central on the presqu’île. West of Place Bellecour, the first of the two hills (Fourvière hill) is adorned by the Romanesque Basilique de Fourvière, which can be viewed clearly from Place Bellecour. To the north, Croix-Rouse hill, famous for its rambling traboules (covered passageways from the Renaissance period), is one area of the city listed by UNESCO due to its outstanding architectural and cultural heritage.

Lyon is a city that is best discovered on foot or, when necessary, via the public transport system, which is extensive and incredibly reliable. For those visits which do require public transport, visitors can choose between the tramway, the underground, buses or the vélo (stations of bicycles located in abundance around the city that can be rented for a minimal fee using a credit card). For public transport –excluding the vélo – a single hourly ticket can be purchased and used on any or all of the transport services.

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Day 1 - Lyon


THINGS TO DO
For those who haven’t visited Lyon before, you’ll be pleased to discover that all the listed ‘things to do’ in this section are accessible on foot, with the exception of the Institute Lumière, which is just a short bus ride away from the centre of city (take the number 9 bus and get off at the Monplaisir-Lumiére stop). Walking is really the best way to capture the magical ambiance from the rambling traboules of the Croix Rousse area to the panoramic views offered from the Basilique de Fourviére, on top of Fourviére hill. But have your best walking shoes on; up, down in and around is the way of the walk in Lyon.


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Institut Lumière

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25 rue du Premier Film
69352 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7878 1895
fax: +33 4 7878 1894


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Traboules de la Croix-Rousse

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9 Place Colbert
69001 Lyon, France


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Croix-Rousse

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Croix Rousse
69004 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7277 6969 (Tourist Information)
fax: +33 4 7842 0432 (Tourist Information)


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Amphithéâtre Gallo-Romain

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17 rue Cléberg
Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilisation
69005 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7238 8190


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Parc de la Tête d'Or

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Location:

Boulevard des Belges
69006 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7889 0203


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Basilique de Fourvière

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Location:

Place de Fourvière
69005 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7825 1301 / +33 4 7825 8619 (Reservations)
fax: +33 4 7238 2835


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Jardin Zoologique de la Tête d'Or

Location:

Boulevard des Belges
69006 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7269 4760
fax: +33 4 7282 3509


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Place des Terreaux

Location:

1-25 Place des Terreaux
(Rue d'Algerie)
69001 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7277 6969 (Tourist Information)


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Musée des Beaux-Arts

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Location:

20 place des Terreaux
69001 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7210 1740
fax: +33 4 7828 1245


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Place Bellecour

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Location:

1 Place Bellecour
(Lyon Center exit)
69002 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7837 4452
fax: +33 4 7241 7295


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RESTAURANTS:
With Lyon being hailed as France’s gastronomic capital, visitors are really spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to dazzle their taste buds. While some of France’s top chefs and restaurateurs reside in Lyon, it’s not necessary for visitors to pay top fees if they want to get a taste of the local Lyonnais delicacies, in fact, local small scale restaurants and bouchons (typical Lyonnais restaurants) take great pride in serving up the best of Lyonnais cuisine, for generally reasonable prices. All restaurants in this section are either Lyonnais bouchons or restaurants specialising in Lyonnais cuisine, where you won’t pay over the odds for a sumptuous meal. For exceptional value, checkout the midday ‘plat du jour’ menu, where you can often find a two or three course lunchtime meal for less than 10€!


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Café des Fédérations (Le)

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8 rue Major-Martin
69001 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7828 2600
fax: +33 4 7207 7452


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Café du Soleil

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Location:

2 rue St-Georges
69005 Lyon, France

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tel: +33 4 7837 6002


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Maison Villemanzy (La)

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25 Montée St-Sébastien
69001 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7298 2121
fax: +33 4 7298 2122


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Mon père était limonadier

Location:

9 rue Justin Godart
69004 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7830 9310


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Mère Jean (La)

Location:

5 rue des Marronniers
69002 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7837 8127


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NIGHTLIFE
From gritty live music venues to a night at the opera, Lyon genuinely caters for all tastes and budgets when it comes to a night on the town. The city is also a central crossroads on the European and international entertainment and live events circuit, so expect to find truly diverse options for an evening soirée. Included in this ‘nightlife’ section, visitors can choose between a night of clubbing on the swanky Q-boat (situated on the river Rhône), live music at the Marquise and Kinkasi Kao, or for those looking for a dose of high culture; head to the Grand Cafe des Negociants or Lyon’s acclaimed opera house.


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Q-Boat

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Location:

17 Quai Augagneur
69003 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7284 9898


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Grand Café des Négociants (Le)

Location:

1 Place Francis-Régaud
69002 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7842 5005
fax: +33 4 7240 0824


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Ninkasi Kao

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Location:

267 rue Marcel Merieux
69007 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7276 1878 (reservations) +33 4 7276 8900
fax: +33 4 7276 8901


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Marquise (La)

Location:

20 Quai Victor Augagneur
69003 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7261 9292
fax: +33 4 7895 0209


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Opéra National de Lyon

Location:

Place de la Comédie 1
69001 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7200 4700 / +33 8 2630 5325


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OUTDOOR MARKETS
While local market trade is dying out in many parts of Europe, In France, and particularly in Lyon, the deeply rooted culture of outdoor markets is alive and kicking! The Lyonnais pride themselves on the quality of fresh produce found in their local food markets (marché alimentaire), much of which is sold directly by out-of-town farmers. In addition to fresh produce, Lyon is famous for its book markets, which line the banks of the Rhône and Saône rivers at the weekend. These markets are a treat to visit and offer a valuable glimpse into the essence of real French culture.


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Place Commandant Arnaud

Location:

Place du Commandant Arnaud
69004 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7277 6969 (Tourist Information)


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Place du Maréchal Lyautey

Location:

Place du Maréchal Lyautey
69006 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7277 7250(Tourist Information)
fax: +33 4 7842 0432(Tourist Information)


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Place des Martyrs de la Résistance

Location:

rue de La Rize
69003 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7277 6969 (Tourist Information)
fax: +33 4 7842 0432 (Tourist Information)


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Place Saint Louis

Location:

rue Du Beguin
69007 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7277 7250(Tourist Information)
fax: +33 4 7842 0432(Tourist Information)


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Quai Victor Augagneur

Location:

Quai Victor Augagneur
69003 Lyon, France

Contact:

tel: +33 4 7277 7250(Tourist Information)
fax: +33 4 7842 0432(Tourist Information)


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