Since Lyon has long received the honorary title of « French Gastronomic Capital » it has a huge selection of good restaurants such as traditional bistros, small city restaurants or even Michelin starred restaurants. There are many types of cuisine can be found in Lyon, however the quirky and old restaurants classified as « les bouchons lyonnais » are ineluctable places to eat.
There are different ways to visit the city, the first one is by foot as in Vieux-Lyon the streets can be very narrow and are mostly cobbled.
Or you can try the tourist buses run by the Lyon Open tour ; or take a boat trip on the Sâone and /or Rhône rivers. Departures from the Quai des Célestins, on the Saône, near Place Bellecour.
And if you like shopping, from local shops in the Vieux -Lyon to the Part-Dieu mall you will spoiled for choice of where to go.And let’s not forget of course the treasure-hunters, the « Puces du Canal » flea market will able you to browse around hoovering up the bargains.
The Festival of Lights is a very famous event lasting 4 days from the 8th of December, the festival expresses gratitude towards Mary, Mother of Jesus for the sparing of the city from the plague in 1643. It started with the residents putting candles on their windowsills all over town, and now many buildings are illuminated for the event.
In June and July, the Nuits de Fourvière is a festival of 50 open air stages with theater, circus, music, dance, and film presentations in the Romans theater and the Odéon de Lyon.
Access to Lyon by Train
There are two train stations in the town center : Part-Dieu and Perrache. There's a third at Lyon Saint Exupery Airport. TGV trains depart from the Part-Dieu station every half hour for the two hour trip to Paris. Lyon is 5 hours from London via Eurostar.
Access to Lyon by Plane
There is one airport in Lyon (LYS) for commercial flights, and one Business Airport Bron that only covers business trips and therefore not served by regular airlines