Café 203

NileGuide Expert Says:

Calling all smokers! If you want to experience the nostalgia of smoking in a French café, the rebellious Café 203 is probably the last of the die-hard establishments apposing the nation-wide smoking ban in France, and for non-smokers - don't feel excluded - you can enjoy the smoke-free area in the adjoining bar!

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9 rue du Garet
69001 Lyon, France


+33 4 78 28 6665

NileGuide Expert tip:

If you want to support Café 203 in maintaining their stance on the French no-smoking law, you can contribute to the payment of the establishments hefty fines by purchasing a token Café 203 ashtray!


Refuting the French 2008 smoking ban is just one characteristic that has given Cáfe 203 the reputation of being a place for social debate and activism. Frequented mainly by local students and those wanting to experience the nostalgia of smoking freely in the old style cáfe culture, non-smokers should not be deterred from visiting as - in true democratic style - the second adjoining Cáfe 203 has always offered a smoke free zone, allowing clientele to vote with their feet on this much debated social topic.


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