I have to admit, I have a weakness for tucked-away tea rooms and powder-toned/trendy/neo-industrial interiors. Luckily enough, there’s no shortage of them in Lyon!
What could be nicer than sipping a cup of tea (or any other drink for that matter) and eating a delicious home-made cake with friends?
Croix-Rousse district and Terreaux
For a tasty break in Lyon’s 1st district, head to Torü on the slopes of Croix-Rousse hill. In addition to an amazing selection of teas, this establishment is beautifully decorated and serves original, vegetarian and healthy dishes of the day.
On the Montée de la Grande Côte, Único makes artisanal ice-creams to die for (with gluten and lactose-free choices!).
Just around the corner, it’s comfort food heaven with the cakes at Aux thés des merveilles!
For those with a sweet tooth, there’s Ikône, a liquid chocolate bar located near Place des Terreaux, where Valrhôna chocolate reigns supreme… Enough said!
For a laid-back, cosmopolitan atmosphere, try the coffee shops at some of Lyon’s new-generation hostels. You can meet some amazing people at Away Hostel and Ho36!
Now, this is where the choices become very difficult! From Place des Terreaux to Place Carnot, the city centre is crammed with tempting addresses…
You can enjoy the colourful interior filled with childhood memories at Pimprenelle, chocolate delights at Lindt (yes, they have a tea room too!) or personalised advice on teas (with more than 100 different types!) at Human and Tea. The choice is yours!
Near Bellecour, Tea Landsia welcomes customers in a bohemian/countryside ambiance, Maison Pignol goes for tradition with its huge selection of classic pastries and Newtree offers 100% organic, home-made products in a lush green interior.
Around Perrache, at Papas Sucrés, two young men slave away in the kitchen to delight your taste buds. Incorrigible food-lovers flock to Le Sweet Spot, a tea room specialised in spreads, and Dust Café serves excellent coffee and a menu of healthy and tasty options!
In Lyon’s main tourist district, you will find the great classics, such as La Marquise, a tea room where you can enjoy superb praline tarts and brioche! While you’re there, pay a visit to the inner courtyard of the very beautiful Maison du Chamarier where the cake shop is located.
Left bank of the Rhône
For quality food in a sleek contemporary ambiance, head for the Kitchen Café. By the way, you can order their pastries to take-away for your events.
In the bar adjoining the hostel Ho36, travellers and locals mingle in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere.
What’s more, some of these establishments also serve brunch.
You’re sure to find your new hang-out among this selection!