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Lyon, Light, Color and Flavor

In Europe, France by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch12 Comments

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 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 Lyon France

Colorful Treats at Voisin

Brioche with Praline Lyon France

Brioche with Praline

Macarons at Sève Lyon France

Macarons at Sève

Sève Cakes Lyon France

Sève Cakes

Rum Baba soaked in Confited Fruit Syrup and Zéphyr à la Violet Lyon France

Rum Baba soaked in Confited Fruit Syrup and Zéphyr à la Violet

Mini Colorful Desserts Lyon France

Mini Colorful Desserts

Even More Colorful Desserts Lyon France

Even More Colorful Desserts

Praline Tarts Lyon France

Praline Tarts

Goat Cheese with Dried Currants and Apricots Lyon France

Goat Cheese with Dried Currants and Apricots

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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 Lyon France

Rhone River – Pont Lafayette Bridge

Full Moon over the Sparkling Saône Lyon France

Full Moon over the Sparkling Saône

Saône Lights through a Spider Web Lyon France

Saône Lights through a Spider Web

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Lumiere Museum

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 Lyon France

Art Nouveaux Ceiling

Lumiere Artifiact Lyon France

Lumiere Artifiact

Promotional Lumiere Poster Lyon France

Promotional Lumiere Poster

Reflection in the Old Film Lyon France

Reflection in the Old Film

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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 Lyon France

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 Lyon France

Mindi next to the Rhone

Colorful Sky at Dusk Lyon France

Colorful Sky at Dusk

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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 Lyon France

Amuse Bouche – Salmon Mousse Over Lentils

Dining Room at Le Canut & Les Gones Lyon France

Dining Room at Le Canut & Les Gones

Pork Shoulder with Quenelle and Cauliflower Lyon France

Pork Shoulder with Quenelle and Cauliflower

Braised Crusted Venison over Celery Hearts and One Long Noodle Lyon France

Braised Crusted Venison over Celery Hearts and One Long Noodle

Floating Island Lyon France

Floating Island

Praline Tart with Praline Glacée Lyon France

Praline Tart with Praline Glacée

Restaurant Lights Lyon France

Restaurant Lights

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.

Hungry for great food in Lyon? Check out our Lyon Food Guide for great food and drink options in Lyon. 


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Comments

    1. They were so delicious. We tried several including salted caramel and foie gras. We never had savory macaroons before.

      1. Man that sounds incredible. Earlier this year I tried foie gras chocolate at an artisan chocolate shop in Dallas, Texas. It was truly amazing. i can only imagine how those macaroons tasted. Mmm!

    1. Thank you! We brought a small cake home to a pastry chef friend, and she was impressed by both the colors and the flavors. They really know how to bake in Lyon.

  1. I’m so so glad you liked Lyon! I’m in the city now, until December, and it’s starting to feel like home!

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