Lyon France is a city alive with light, color and flavor.
It’s no coincidence that great advancements in motion pictures were made in Lyon by the Lumiere Brothers and surely no degree of happenstance that the city surrounds you with light and color today.
No less can be said for the city’s food traditions – Lyon is in France after all. Brightly colored treats abound in the patisseries and markets, and the flavors are as vivid as the colors.
Les Halles de Paul Bocuse
Lyon is a city devoted to food at all levels and there is so much variety of delicious food throughout the city. Renowned chef and restaurateur Paul Bocuse is based in Lyon. The main city market, Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, carries his name in tribute to his culinary contributions.
In addition to fancy restaurants and markets, there are restaurants of every level including bouchons such as Café des Fédérations, which we loved and will write about later. Desserts are everywhere, and we became partial to Voisin as well as the fantastic Sève.
Lyon at Night
The Rhone and Saone rivers sparkle at night. It’s hard to take a bad photo in this city.
We arrived in Lyon, ready for a city experience and happy to be in one place for several nights. Our first stop was the Lumiere Museum, situated in the former Lumiere home and studio, a grand nouveau art building. Seeing the old film equipment and grainy old movies was a blast to the cinema past.
We then headed to our hotel, the colorful Loft Vintage, where our hosts warmly greeted us with local wine, savory olives and city maps.
Walk to Dinner in Lyon
There was no rest for the travel-weary, so we put on our walking shoes and headed to dinner via a long walk along the Rhone and up to the Croix-Rousse neighborhood.
Dinner at Le Canut et Les Gones
We had good food and a nice bottle of wine at a non-touristy restaurant with kitschy decor – Le Canut et Les Gones. We were happy for the long walk home after indulging in three courses plus the amuse-bouche. We mosied back to the hotel after dinner, happy for the comfortable bed and ready to explore the city further.
After less than a day, we already knew that Lyon was our kind of city. In an odd way, it quite reminded us of our home city, Philadelphia. Both cities live under the shadow of other cities (Paris and New York).
Both are underrated cities, with much to offer culturally, culinarily and historically. Definitely our kind of city.
Plan Your Lyon Trip
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About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.