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.
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, and the main city market, Les Halles de 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 Cafe des Federations
, which we loved and will write about later. Desserts are everywhere, and we became partial to Voisin
as well as the fantastic Sève
Colorful Treats at Voisin
Brioche with Praline
Macarons at Sève
Rum Baba soaked in Confited Fruit Syrup and Zéphyr à la Violet
Mini Colorful Desserts
Even More Colorful Desserts
Goat Cheese with Dried Currants and Apricots
Lyon at Night
The Rhone and Saone rivers sparkle at night. It’s hard to take a bad photo in this city.
Rhone River – Pont Lafayette Bridge
Full Moon over the Sparkling Saône
Saône Lights through a Spider Web
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.
Art Nouveaux Ceiling
Promotional Lumiere Poster
Reflection in the Old Film
Lyon B&B – Loft Vintage
We then headed to our hotel, the fabulous Loft Vintage
, where our hosts warmly greeted us with local wine, savory olives and city maps.
Living Room at the Loft Vintage Hotel
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.
Mindi next to the Rhone
Colorful Sky at Dusk
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.
Amuse Bouche – Salmon Mousse Over Lentils
Dining Room at Le Canut & Les Gones
Pork Shoulder with Quenelle and Cauliflower
Braised Crusted Venison over Celery Hearts and One Long Noodle
Praline Tart with Praline Glacée
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.
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