Between Cordeliers and Place des Terreaux:
Want to sample Lyonnaise cuisine or enjoy your favourite local speciality, such as the traditional quenelle (dumpling)? Go for a bouchon (traditional local eatery). Arlette Hugon, the last of the female chefs known as Mères Lyonnaises, is keeping the local culinary tradition alive.
Pressed for time? Choose a brasserie, where you can eat fast and well. Le Nord, brasserie created by Paul Bocuse, revisits the great classics of traditional Lyonnaise cuisine, in a warm setting that preserves its authentic 1900s charm. Bouillon Baratte, a new address to discover, combines touches of authenticity and modernity. With an home-made dishes, inspired by the seasons, share a convivial moment in a unique setting.
Not feeling adventurous? Go for a traditional restaurant. Le Chenavard, in a contemporary setting with a warm atmosphere, enjoy quality traditional cuisine, made with fresh ingredients.
Are you a gourmet? Give in to the temptation of one of Lyon’s gastronomic/bistronomic restaurants. After all, this is the City of Gastronomy! Mojgan : The Chef serves up refined French cuisine, with hints of Iranian flavours and spices: a delicious combination, for food that is generous, convivial and made with many years of experience. Monsieur P : Chef Florent Poulard adopts an authentic and innovative approach. La Mère Brazier, a true local institution with an international reputation, Eugénie Brazier’s restaurant has once again earned a place among the finest gastronomic restaurants, thanks to Mathieu Viannay.
Looking for exotic flavours? Try one of Lyon’s restaurants serving foreign specialities. Boston Trattoria, an Italian restaurant, serves specialities ranging from antipasti to pizza, pasta dishes, risotto, tiramisu and panna cotta. The service is also excellent. La pizzeria Hape makes pizzas (with its own dough) and ravioli au gratin dishes. The locally sourced raw ingredients are expertly prepared.
Between Cordeliers and Perrache :
Lyon city centre is known for its many excellent restaurants and its famous bouchons (traditional local eateries). Aux Trois Cochons, specialises in pork dishes, a fact which is reflected in the interior décor. The Chef serves up pork in various forms, to the delight of diners. To the Café Comptoir Abel, Enjoy a meal in Lyon’s oldest and most authentic bistro, with its unique atmosphere. Chez Chabert et Fils, this bouchon serves traditional cuisine. The team is on hand to guide you through the choice of dishes and accompaniments. La Voûte chez Léa has welcomed diners since 1943, in one of Lyon’s oldest establishments. Enjoy excellent local bourgeois cuisine, which varies with the seasons. The Poêlon d'Or, will introduce you to Lyon's traditional specialities.
Brasseries: Bistrot de Lyon : In this beautiful 1900s brasserie, locals, tourists and artists have rubbed shoulders for more than 35 years. . The Brasserie Georges is a mainstay of Lyonnaise cuisine. It has built its reputation on the richness of its décor, the warmth of its service and the quality of its food. The last of Georges Blanc’s establishments in the city centre serves fine meat specialities and the famous volaille de Bresse (Bresse chicken). This new concept puts the accent on quality ingredients.
Looking for new flavours? Gabriella – Le clan des Mamma / Il Clan delle Mamme (for the Italian-speakers) is an Italian restaurant that pays tribute to family and the Mamma, the central figure of the Italian household. Le Buddha Bar offers guests a special experience and flavours from around the world, with its original cocktails, fusion cuisine, unusual décor, and famous musical signature.
For gourmets, L’Etabli is a restaurant celebrates the spirit of artisanry, as well as the values of simplicity and sharing, with its lovingly prepared food. Bar Lounge le 12.2 Try some bistronomic cuisine, with dishes to taste or share made by Chef Sébastien Ponsot. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available.
Between the old Town and Fourvière :
Sample fine food, made with passion, in Lyon’s beautiful historical district, with its many excellent restaurants. Rue du Boeuf boasts the most Michelin stars in France, however, on Mondays, you will need to ascend the slopes of Fourvière hill.
Perched on top of Fourvière hill, this restaurant offers a stunning view over Lyon. In an elegant contemporary setting, Christian Têtedoie invites guests to discover his modern cuisine inspired by regional produce. Le Phosphore In Fourvière, in a warm and original setting, you can try a “bistronomic” version of the cuisine of Christian Têtedoie, holder of the prestigious title Meilleur Ouvrier de France. The terrace is a haven of peace in the summer. Les Téléphones, this restaurant is nestled in the former Vistandines Convent near Fourvière Basilica.
Near Tête d’Or and Les Brotteaux:
Should your wanderings take you to this residential part of our beautiful city, there is plenty of delightful food to be had on this side of the Rhône too:
Le Splendid, opposite the former railway station La Gare des Brotteaux, listed as a historical monument, Georges Blanc pays homage to Lyon’s famous female cooks in this beautiful brasserie. A local institution! La Brasserie des Brotteaux also opposite the majestic Gare des Brotteaux, this brasserie is a remarkable example of Art Nouveau in France. La Brasserie de L’Est, In the Gare des Brotteaux, this brasserie takes diners on a culinary voyage. Like the neighbouring Part-Dieu district with its railway station, its atmosphere brings to mind the excitement of setting off on a journey.
Contrary to what some may say, Lyon’s bouchons are not only to be found in Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon) and the city centre. Here are two excellent addresses. Le Bouchon Sully : On the menu you will find local specialities and seasonal suggestions. Le Café du peintre with a terrace opening out onto the beautiful Avenue des Brotteaux, this warm establishment is worth going out of your way to visit. It has earned a loyal clientele with its famous Lyonnaise cuisine.
The only thing left for you to do now is choose! Bon appétit!