The Capital of gastronomy
"Nothing is wasted!” Pork meat occupies a special place in Lyon's cuisine. Its countless variations abound on the best tables. Lyon sausage, cervelas with truffle or pistachio, tablier de sapeur or jésus de Lyon are successful and excessive!
Lyon, capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, is internationally renowned for both its wines and its gastronomy. A visit to Lyon will take you to some of the finest gastronomic restaurants, some of which are Michelin-starred, and to the famous typical restaurants, the bouchons.
On the menu are many specialties based on pork such as cured sausage from Lyon, cervelas with truffles or pistachios or even pâté en croûte. For the less meat inclined, the quenelles, dumplings prepared with wheat semolina, butter, eggs, and milk, are proposed plain or with pike. Gratinated in the oven they are served with a tomato or béchamel sauce.
For dessert, fall for the pink praline! Made with almonds or hazelnuts coated in cooked sugar, you will savour them on their own or in a tart or brioche
A kitchen at the top
Since the Lyon's Mothers in Bocuse, Lyon's city has never ceased to reveal talents and to assert its influence.
Contemporary chefs brilliantly combine tradition, friendliness and modernity. With its Michelin-starred tables and its pub restaurants, Lyon's city has reinforced its image as a top gastronomic location.
Lyon is at the heart of a region with a vineyard renowned well beyond the borders of France. A visit to Lyon guarantees a taste of the local gems whether at a restaurant table or during visits organized around the theme.
Discover some of the greatest wines during oenological workshops: Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Morgon, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Côte-Rôtie, Saint Joseph, etc.
Exploring the fruits of a rich and refined wine territory, your visit to Lyon will be filled with the scent of some of the world's most prized vintages.
Participate in a wine tasting and get introduced to the unique know-how of professionals passionate about their work: learn the methods of winemaking, of wine-blending or how to perfectly match a wine and a dish. These discoveries are organised in a variety of places, even at wine estates or chateaux in Lyon´s vicinity.
Between Rhône and Saône
Rhône and Saône have forged the city identity and are part of the new city's plans. From Lyon Confluence and its eponymous Museum to the banks of the Rhône or the banks of the Saône at the foot of old Lyon, navigation, walks and terraces invite you to stroll and discover.
Tourism in Lyon is popular due to the many activities available. On the menu, start with a stroll along the riverbanks of the Rhône or the Saône, continue through the historical centre and its narrow streets steeped in history. But that's not all: many creative activities await you.
Visit the Halles Paul Bocuse, a mythical institution dedicated to gastronomy. Its name is an homage to the emblematic and world-renowned Michelin-starred chef. There, you can do your market, discover fine local products and even have a lunch or a snack.
Gourmets will enjoy classic French cooking classes such as those of Plum Lyon where everyone can participate children and adults alike: visit Lyon’s largest typical farmers market, pick your tasty seasonal products, and learn to cook a delicious traditional meal.
Les bouchons de Lyon, memories of Canuts
We cannot talk about Lyon without mentioning its traffic jams!
Stemming from the popular tradition, these lyon's typical restaurants serve grattons, quenelles, tripe or cervelle de Canut while Côtes du Rhône or Beaujolais are flowing. A warm atmosphere for unique moments.
Consult the list of things to do in Lyon on the Vallée de la Gastronomie - France®
Oenological workshops, discovery of starred or not gastronomic restaurants, guided tours, etc. our wide range of proposals is ideal for a customised stay. With family, friends, by yourself or as a couple, the Vallée de la Gastronomie - France® is a travel guide for Lyon that offers activities for all tastes and all ages to satisfy all participants.