Place des Terreaux
Musée des Beaux-Arts
This stunning and eminently manageable museum showcases France's finest collection of sculptures and paintings outside of Paris from...
Opéra de Lyon
Lyon's neoclassical 1831-built opera house was modernised in 1993 by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, who added the striking...
La Boite à Café – Café Mokxa
A favourite haunt of Lyonnais caffeine fiends and students, this laid-back place on the Croix Rousse slopes roasts its own beans and...
Self-taught Lyonnaise mère , Josiane, takes pride that 'people come to eat as if at home or at their parents' house'. Translation: the...
Place des Terreaux information
The centrepiece of the Presqu'île's beautiful central square is a 19th-century fountain made of 21 tonnes of lead and sculpted by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (of Statue of Liberty fame). The four horses pulling the chariot symbolise rivers galloping seawards. The Hôtel de Ville fronting the square was built in 1655 but was given its present ornate facade in 1702. Daniel Buren's polka-dot 'forest' of 69 granite fountains are embedded in the ground across much of the square.