From beautiful Renaissance architecture to world-class museums and galleries, Lyon City Centre is one of the most captivating cities in France. Explore heritage-listed neighbourhoods, tour an ancient Roman amphitheatre and rub shoulders with locals at trendy cafes and wine bars.
Things to do in Lyon City Centre
Stroll around Le Vieux Lyon and admire a jewel box of Renaissance buildings. The neighbourhood is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is laced with cobblestone streets and alleys. Admire landmarks like Romanesque-style Cathédrale St-Jean-Baptiste and enjoy lunch at a bistro on bustling Rue Saint-Jean.
Grand buildings frame Place Bellecour, one of the largest pedestrianised plazas in Europe. It was laid out in the 17th century and is anchored by a statue of King Louis XIV. Pick up maps and brochures from the tourist information centre and take a spin on the Ferris wheel. Major shopping streets branch off the square and are lined with cafes and boutiques.
Ride the cable car to Fourvière Hill, one of the highest parts of Lyon City Centre. The hill is crowned by an ancient Roman amphitheatre used to host concerts, festivals and theatrical performances. You can out more about the city’s Roman past and see artefacts found across the Rhone Valley at Musée Gallo-Romain de Fourvière.
Browse independent boutiques and boutiques in Croix-Rousse. The historic neighbourhood was once a hotspot for 18th-century silk merchants and is dotted with weaving workshops. Learn more about the city’s silk-making industry at Maison des Canuts. Hip cafes and wine bars give Croix-Rousse a bohemian feel.
Traditional, family-run restaurants called “bouchons” are the best places to try Lyonnaise cuisine. Start your meal with an aperitif before devouring hearty dishes like “coq au vin” chicken braised in red wine and “foie gras” duck pate. Meals are best enjoyed with a carafe of Burgundy.
Getting around Lyon City Centre
Lyon City Centre is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The Lyon Metro is a fast and easy way to get around the city or you can use trams and buses. Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is 30 minutes away by car or train.