Probably the best place to eat in France, certainly the best place I've ever eaten in my life. A French cousin took me there in 1966 and I can remember every mouthful, starting with the red mullet en croute and ending with the raspberry liqueur. Heaven! Is it still as good? Take me there and I'll tell you.
More recent visitors like the food but not the bill, so don't go unprepared. After your lunch, have a gentle walk round one of the beautiful golden limestone villages, or work off the calories in the hilly Monts-d'Or behind Collonges.
40 Rue de la Plage 69660 Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France
+33 4 72 42 90 90
Google map: bit.ly/XVoGGi
> Paul Bocuse, Auberge du Pont de Collonges
Paul Bocuse, Auberge du Pont de Collonges
40 rue de la Plage | Collonges au Mont D'Or, 84240 Lyon, France
+33 (0) 4 7242 9090
This is a really nice little restaurant serving unpretentious Lyonnais food.
The service was good, although obviously being a bit away from the tourist area there was no English spoken. This did lead to us ordering calf's brain by mistake, but we couldn't really send it back, and it was actually quite tasty.
The wine good, as expected, and the bill was fairly reasonable.
One I would recommend, although it might be worth looking out your phrase book if you're not confident of your French.
Hardly worth crossing town for but handy to know if you're closer by and in search of organic produce, this tiny market (about seven vendors) is present every Thursday morning, not in the main Place St Jean but just on the corner of the cathedral opposite Vieux Lyon metro station.
Corner of Place St Jean / Avenue Adolphe Max, Vieux Lyon, 69005. Metro: Vieux Lyon.
Google map: bit.ly/rGwSRP
As well as the central Rue de la Republique, La Part Dieu shopping centre has everything and every shop you are looking for.
Seemingly one of the largest malls in Europe and having been there I can believe that claim!
Typical tourist restaurant in the old town.
Two starters, mains and desserts together with two beers cost €35.
Starters were basic and mains were bland. Still, it was very busy but not the best place to go. 5/10.
23 Rue St Jean, 69005 Lyon, France
+33(0)4 78 42 25 13
Google map: bit.ly/qCdNrI
Very popular bar on Rue Garet, a very busy area in Presqu'ile. Serves fairly decent pub grub.
A lot of outdoor seating on both sides of the road.
The bar has a bizarre shrine to smokers. The owner has undertaken a smoking experiment (see article below).
9, Rue Garet, 69001 Lyon, France
+33(0)4 78 28 48 11
Google map: bit.ly/nm853s
This was the best value hotel we found for our recent stay in Lyon. Rooms were small but the rooms were clean.
Seems to be part of a budget chain in France though we paid £50 per night via a well known hotel booking website which was the cheapest we found and yet not what we would automatically call 'cheap'.
Excellent strength free Wi-FI.
Location was fairly central - the only 'issue' was that while it is situated on the south of Presqu'ile (central area) it could be quite confusing getting to the north of Presqu'ile due to the mass of motorways and train lines crossing the Presqu'ile forming an almost impenetrable Berlin Wall. The easiest way was to go through the Perrache train station which may not appeal to all, especially at night.
24, quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon
+33 4 78 37 16 64
Google map: bit.ly/nyroGg
Superb museum tracing the history of Lyon from the pre Roman era to the 7th century, primarily focusing on the Roman era. Contains numerous statues, Roman memorials, mosaics and pottery to name some of the exhibits.
The thing that really caught my eye was a death mask of a 10-year-old girl from nearly 2,000 years ago.
From the street outside, the building very much reflects its mid 1970s construction with the stark concrete. However inside the museum you slowly descend through five floors which makes it ideal for wheelchairs or those with difficulty with steps. [Lifts are on all 'floors'].
The museum is located next to two well preserved (and restored) Roman theatres dating back nearly 2,000 years. These host concerts in summer.
17 rue Cléberg, 69005 Lyon
+33(0)4 72 38 49 30
Google map: bit.ly/o8TKtx
Absolutely wonderful bouchon in Lyons.
Bouchons are traditional restaurants in Lyon that appeared at the start of the 20th century and flourished in the 1930s. They have their origins in cooks from wealthy households who lost their jobs due to economic conditions. These cooks set up restaurants serving food for the working class.
The fare is hearty and the menu is limited but these bouchons have a great atmosphere.
Au Petit Bouchon Chez Georges ticks all the boxes. Good food with a really friendly atmosphere. The staff wise crack from the moment you get in!
We had a chicken liver gateaux and herring as starters. For our mains we had fish and the tablier de sapeur (marinated tripe coated in breadcrumbs & fried in a pan). We also had two hearty desserts. Along with wine, we ended up paying €70.
Not all places that claim to be bouchons are authentic. However this is one of the 22 'Authentique Bouchon Lyonnais' identifiable by a metal plaque of a clown with a glass of wine on the outside wall.
We had no booking but stuck our head around the door and managed to get a table for 7.30 pm.
An amazing Roman amphitheatre nestled above Lyon. You have amazing views of the stage and the city from every seat. This year's line up includes the Arctic Monkeys, Sting, Lou Reed, Two Door Cinema Club and Bryan Ferry.
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