With a reputation as one of the gastronomical capitals of the world, Lyon is a foodie’s dream destination. But it’s not just Lyon cuisine that draws travellers to France’s “second city” year after year. It’s also the ancient ruins, charming cobblestone streets, numerous green spaces and fascinating museums.
Lyon sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers and below the Fourvière and Croix Rousse hills. It’s just a two-hour TGV trip from Paris, which means there’s no excuse not to include it on your France travel itinerary. With its wide pedestrian streets, charming old quarter and numerous cultural offerings, there’s no shortage of things to do in Lyon. In fact, Lyon’s cultural history is considered so important that it has even earned a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
When you do travel to Lyon, be sure to visit a bouchon (brasserie) to sample local dishes such as quenelles (dumplings made with fish). You can follow it up with a trip to Presqu’île, a peninsula at the centre of the city that’s home to a plethora of shops, art galleries and celebrated museums - including the Musee des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Museum) and the Musees de Tissus (Textiles Museum). What are you waiting for?