Richard Webber reveals what to do in Lyon, covering hotels, restaurants and sights. He also explains what's on in the city



You’ll find hotels to suit all budgets in Lyon, France’s third largest city. For luxury, try the five-star Hotel Le Royal (00 33 (0)478 375 731;; B&B from £180) situated on La Place Bellecour, the city’s main square.

Located on the slopes of Fourvière hill, four-star Fourvière Hôtel (00 33 (0)474 700 700;; double rooms from £93, breakfast £17) offers 75 rooms over three floors in this 19th-century former convent.

On the banks of the Rhône, four-star OKKO Hotel (00 33 (0)428 000 250;; B&B from £90) is close to the lively Presqu’île district. Combines modern decor
with traditional architecture.


Regarded by many as France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon has over 4,000 restaurants and several Michelin-starred eateries.

Daniel & Denise Saint-Jean (00 33 (0)478 422 462;; 36 Rue Tramassac) offers traditional Lyon fare in the old district.

Le Café Sillon (00 33 (0)478 720 973;; 46 Avenue Jean-Jaurès) is run by local chef, Mathieu Rostaing-Tayard. Simple Nordic-style decor with wooden tables.

Le Kitchen Café (00 33 (0)603 364 275;; 34 Rue Chevreul) is run by two young chefs. Open for breakfast and lunch, while the afternoon is dedicated to desserts.


Situated where the Saône and Rhône rivers meet, Lyon’s centre reflects over 2,000 years of history.

For one of the best views of the city, head for the terrace of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, perched atop a hill. Amble around the quirky boutiques and cobbled alleys of Lyon’s old district, which have been restored in recent years.

Head to the docks area and visit the £200m Musée des Confluences, a science centre and anthropology museum.

To discover the city’s historic silk industry, check out Maison des Canuts in the Croix-Rousse district. And before leaving, relax at the Park de la Tête d’Or, one of France’s largest urban parks.

What’s On When

✤ 8 June-9 July Held at the famous La Sucrière, a former sugar warehouse, the International Biennale Architecture is an exhibition not to be missed.

✤ 21 June-Sept Tout le Monde Dehors Festival comprises more than 300 free outdoor art events, beginning with the annual national music festival.

✤ 30 June-29 July Held since 1946, Les Nuits de Fourvière sees music, dance and theatre performed in Lyon’s Roman theatres.

✤ 20 Sept-31 Dec Contemporary Art Biennale is a festival that attracts over 250,000 visitors.

✤ October Concerts and just under 170 films will be screened throughout the city in arthouse cinemas and multiplexes at the Lumière Festival.

✤ For more info, go to the official tourist office website