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Top Choice Winter Festival in Lyon

Fête des Lumières

Over four days around the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December), magnificent sound-and-light shows are projected onto key buildings, while locals illuminate window sills with candles. This is Lyon's premie…
Top Choice Gastronomic in Lyon

L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges

Some 7km up the Saône from central Lyon, this triple-Michelin-starred restaurant is the flagship of the city's most decorated chef, Paul Bocuse. Classics include the likes of braised sweetbreads, thyme-roasted rack …
Top Choice Market in Lyon

Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

Lyon's famed indoor food market has nearly five-dozen stalls selling countless gourmet delights. Pick up a round of runny St Marcellin from legendary cheesemonger Mère Richard, and a knobbly Jésus de Lyon from Charc…
Top Choice Fusion in Lyon

L'Ourson qui Boit

On the fringes of Croix Rousse, Japanese chef Akira Nishigaki puts his own splendid spin on French cuisine, with plenty of locally sourced fresh vegetables and light, clean flavours. The ever-changing menu of two da…
Top Choice Live Music in Lyon

Le Sucre

Down in the Confluence neighbourhood, Lyon's most innovative club hosts DJs, live shows and eclectic arts events on its super-cool roof terrace atop a 1930s sugar factory, La Sucrière.
Top Choice Bouchon in Lyon

Le Musée

Housed in the stables of Lyon's former Hôtel de Ville, this delightful bouchon serves a splendid array of meat-heavy Lyonnais classics, including a divine poulet au vinaigre (chicken cooked in vinegar). The daily ch…
Top Choice Bouchon in Lyon

Le Poêlon d'Or

This upmarket bouchon, around the corner from the Musée des Tissus, is well known among local foodies who recommend its superb andouillette (chitterlings) and pike dumplings. Save room for the delicious chocolate mo…
Top Choice Bouchon in Lyon

Daniel et Denise

One of Vieux Lyon's most dependable and traditional eateries, this classic spot is run by award-winning chef Joseph Viola, who was elected president of Lyon's bouchon association in 2014. Come here for elaborate var…
Top Choice Cafe in Lyon


The best spot in Croix Rousse to start the day, this hybrid cafe–pastry shop overlooking lovely place Marcel Bertone packs a punch. The continental breakfast (and brunch on weekends) is the highlight, while the past…
Top Choice Bistro in Lyon

Cinq Mains

When young Lyonnais Grégory Cuilleron and his two friends opened this neobistro in early 2016, it was an instant hit. They're working wonders at this cool loft-like space with a mezzanine, serving up tantalising cre…