As the most romantic member of the Monweekendalyon team, I was assigned the onerous task of identifying the best locations to ask one of life’s most important questions!
In the beautiful city that is Lyon, there’s no lack of picturesque settings.
If you want to make a public declaration of love, you could go down on one knee on the busy Place Bellecour or Place des Terreaux on a Saturday night. Or why not use the acoustics of Lyon’s ancient Roman theatres to your advantage?
Or would you prefer the classic approach in a classy restaurant? Pick a place with a view (there are the Michelin-starred restaurants Têtedoie and Les Terrasses de Lyon, or the gastronomic Le Célest), or why not go for the Hermès river boat and restaurant?
Perhaps you’d like a more intimate approach, away from the crowds? Keep reading!
For a secluded, romantic setting, the Croix-Rousse offers breathtaking views over the city (I would recommend Place Bellevue and the Jardin des Chartreux), as does Fourvière, with the Jardin des Curiosités and the Passerelle des Quatre-Vents in the Parc des Hauteurs.
The little-known garden of antique roses tucked away in the Jardins du Rosaire beneath Fourvière Basilica also offers an incredibly romantic atmosphere with a view over the city.
Or why not propose in a setting that’s unique to Lyon: one of the city’s hidden passageways, known as ‘traboules’?Remember, the doors to access them are only open during the day!
What could be better than a moonlit walk? Stop in front of the fountain on Place des Jacobins, stroll along the banks of the Saône or go to the very tip of Lyon in the garden of the Musée des Confluences, where the Rhône and Saône come together.
For an exceptional moment, you can hire a license-free boat for a trip on the Saône or go for the celebrity effect with a private boat or yacht.
One thing is for sure: he or she will say ‘yes’!