Lyon is France second city and gastronomic capital. It might not have the romance and glamour of Paris but it sure has a lot to offer its visitors. Here are some of my favourite things to do in Lyon.
1. BASILIQUE NOTRE-DAME DE FOURVIERE
Take the funicular up this iconic state-of-the-art 19th century cathedral. Don’t miss the wooden statue of Virgin Mary. On a clear day take a moment enjoy scenic panoramic views of the city beneath.
2. VIEUX-LYON ”LYON OLD TOWN”
Get lost in one of the largest old towns in France. In 1998 UNESCO declared Vieux-Lyon as a world’s heritage site. Vieux-Lyon is divided into three districts; Saint Paul, Saint Jean and Saint Georges. Take a walk along narrow passageways and appreciate this Renaissance town’s architecture that reflects history. Read more about Vieux-Lyon via French moments.
3. EAT OUT ON RUE MERCIERE
This is a popular hot-spot for foodies. Treat yourself to a hearty local cuisine in one of the many bouchons or a relaxing drink on pedestrian rue mercière, located in the north end of Lyonnais 2nd arrondissement.
My visit to Lyon is never complete without going to Le Bistro de Lyon. They serve the most delicious Andouillettes. In layman’s terms it is basically the stomach lining of a cow.
I also visited La Cabane for the first time. A cosy bouchon with an interesting theme. As the name suggests the interior is made up of all things wood. The ambience is warm and relaxing and the staff was very friendly. Here I enjoyed stuffing my face with my all time favourite ”Moules Frites” Mussels and French Fries.4. THE PRESQU’ILE
This elegant district is the heart of Lyon. Located on the Peninsula between the Rhône and the Saône rivers. The Presqu’île is packed with shops, both high end boutiques and pocket friendly stores like Zara, Mango, H&M, Sephora, Yves Rocher, Étam to mention but just a few. There are also a variety of eateries and hotels making it the ideal location for anyone looking for somewhere to stay. I enjoy strolling along Rue République, occasionally popping into stores or spent some quiet time in one of the many cafés
5. PARC DE LA TETE D’OR ”THE PARK OF THE GOLDEN HEAD”
It is located in the heart of Lyon on the left bank of the Rhone river. It is the largest park in France with a zoo, botanical garden, four rose gardens and green houses. Families traveling with kids can have them enjoy pony rides and a choo choo train. But if kids are not in the equation then rent a mini boat and go on a romantic sail around the tranquil waters.