Things to do
From triple-Michelin-starred gastronomy to cosy bistros, you’ll find the pinnacle of French cooking in Lyon. Don’t leave without a visit to a bouchon – these local restaurants have menus of hearty Lyonnaise dishes and a reputation for warm welcomes.
UNESCO World Heritage Lyon has plenty to ignite the imagination. Visit the Roman amphitheatre – its ruins form a dramatic stage for performances even today. Or follow in the footsteps of 18th-century merchants as you explore the city’s silk trail. If you have a head for heights, the views from the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière are spellbinding – just hop aboard the funicular railway for an effortless ascent.
Home to works by great masters and up and coming young artists, Lyon is a creative city. You could while away several hours in the Musée des Beaux-Arts admiring pieces by Gaugin, Rodin, Matisse and Picasso – the building itself, a beautiful Benedictine abbey, is an artwork in its own right. Or amble along the meandering Saône where artists sell their newest pieces.