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Gourmet discovery of Lyon

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Tour duration 4 days, 3 nights
Lyon, the capital of the French gastronomy, invites you to enjoy an unrivalled gourmet experience. Wander the cobbled streets and explore the culinary wealth of the capital of gastronomy, from traditional bouchons to Michelin-starred restaurants. Discover a unique symphony of flavours that will leave no one indifferent. The markets are full of fresh, local produce, while the bakeries will charm you with their baguette. Lyon is a paradise for food lovers in search of authentic delights.
15 steps distributed over 4 days

Day 1

Lyon 5e Arrondissement > Lyon 2e Arrondissement
Christian Têtedoie *
The majestic glass construction, Têtedoie, stands proudly on Fourvière hill and has become the trendy place to be in Lyon. The building boasts contemporary architecture and a chic, minimalist style inside with colourful artworks on the theme of food. From this unique, bright place, you'll have a view of the Alps in the distance, or the city of Lyon down below. Michelin-starred chef Christian Têtedoie, also awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (best craftsman of France) title, invites you to come and enjoy his wonderful, moving style of cuisine, inspired by the seasons, nature and the beauty of the ingredients used. The dishes provide a combination of modernity and tradition, resulting in exquisite, yet daring creations, such as the lobster combined with calf's head, the pan-fried 'Ris de Veau' with aubergine, raspberry and sorrel, or the soft cheese soufflé, black-olive ice cream, rhubarb and hibiscus.
Bateau © Restaurant Têtedoie
18 min Walk
1.6 km
Praline & Rosette
Do you love food and want to explore Lyon? Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, Praline & Rosette’s tours are for you!

On the menu: a walk through Lyon’s Presqu’île district, sprinkled with anecdotes about local culture, chances to learn about Lyon’s culinary traditions, stops at local shops to taste food and plenty of fun.

Our golden rule? We select our exceptional partners with care to offer you the best of Lyon.

How did Rue Mercière become so famous for its many restaurants? What is the origin of the iconic pink praline? Where does ‘cervelle de canut’ come from? Find the answers to all these questions and more!

Choose from several routes:
- Very Gone Trip, 'famished' tour of Lyon’s specialities for €39 per person, including 4 food tastings (deli meats accompanied by wine, cheese, confectionery and pastries). Duration: 3 hours. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning.

- Choco'Lyon: 100% chocolate-themed tour for €54 per person, including 5 tastings to discover chocolates in all shapes and sizes. Each tasting includes an activity: learn about praline inside a chocolatier's workshop, an introduction to fine chocolates, blind tasting of chocolate spread, taste chocolate cocktails and delicious chocolate waffles! Duration: 3 hours. One Saturday morning per month.

- Tour of Les Halles, to discover the indoor food market, Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, Lyon’s temple of gastronomy. €52 per person, including 7 tastings (bite-sized quenelle dumplings, foie gras + smoked salmon, little delights of Lyon, Lyon deli meats + wine, local cheese, Italian specialities, Lebanese mezze and the unmissable praline brioche and tart). Duration: 2 hours. Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

- Aperitif in the heart of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, an exclusive gourmet visit to the heart of the majestic Grand Hôtel-Dieu at €49.90/ pers. including a very gourmet aperitif tasting at the merchants of the Halles du Grand Hôtel-Dieu, between the best workers in France and renowned Lyon houses and a cocktail in the Grand Refectory. Duration 2 hours, the second Tuesday of the month at 5.30 p.m.

For special requests, choose My Event Tour, for a fully personalised experience.
Praline et Rosette - balade passage de l'argue © @Heleosphoto
7 min Walk
609 m
Café Terroir
We serve authentic and innovative cuisine made with ingredients that are used to their full potential.

To guarantee the intensity of flavours and nutritional value of the ingredients, they are used in as simple a manner as possible.

We therefore source our ingredients from farmers and winegrowers that are committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly methods.

Our goal is to share with you the passion they have for their produce in a friendly and festive atmosphere.

We strive to locate and source these top-quality ingredients as locally as possible, use them with imagination and serve them with a smile.

We are committed to offering high-quality cuisine and service at reasonable prices.
 © Café Terroir
10 min Walk
899 m
InterContinental Lyon-Hotel Dieu
Located on the banks of the Rhône, the convivial living spaces of the InterContinental Lyon - Hôtel Dieu offers a rich experience, with:
- 114 rooms;
- 30 suites and duplexes, including a Presidential Suite with powder pink shades highlighted by silk and floral patterns. This suite looks out over the Grand Dôme, a monumental and majestic architectural feature;
- a club lounge;
- a restaurant with terrace in the garden;
- a bar in the Grand Dôme, a unique space and a symbol of the Hôtel-Dieu;
- a 1500 m² conference centre, with nine bright and spacious banquet and conference rooms, as well as a 426 m² plenary room. One of the nine conference rooms has been set up in TV studio.

One of Lyon's most historic buildings, with 800 years of history, the former Hôtel-Dieu hospital is being renovated under the supervision of Jean-Philippe Nuel, a world-leading designer of luxury hotels. He successfully blends grandness and intimacy, on both a human and monumental scale, with the beautiful spaces of this seventeenth-century building. The eighteenth-century architect Soufflot placed innovation at the heart of his approach, which is a source of creative inspiration for the Hôtel-Dieu in its new role.

L'InterContinental Lyon - Hôtel Dieu has the Green Key certification.
Façade © Eric Cuvillier
11 min Walk
990 m

Day 2

Lyon 2e Arrondissement > Lyon 5e Arrondissement
La Meunière
This traditional 'bouchon' restaurant of Lyon is at the centre of the Presqu'île district, halfway between the Rhône and Saône and has been welcoming fans of traditional local cuisine for almost 100 years now, in a friendly, warm and inviting atmosphere.

They serve the great classics of Lyon's culinary heritage, including the Oreiller de la Belle-Meunière, Tête de Veau (calf's head), pike 'quenelle' dumplings.
14 min Walk
1.2 km
Les Toqués du Fromage
Every week, Toqués workshops in the tasting workshop located in the heart of Lyon with 2 possible formats:

- For individual bookings and groups of less than 6 people: book directly online: https://lestoquesdufromage.com/reservation/
- For groups of between 6 and 15 people, the venue can be privatised (private evening, birthday party, teambuilding, afterwork, etc.).
For all booking requests, contact a Toqué directly by telephone: 07 62 28 15 30 or by email: hello@lestoquesdufromage.com

Les Toqués can also travel to your company or home!
What's on offer? No-holds-barred workshops in good spirits, punctuated by Toqués activities, including "La Tablée des Bons Vivants" with 5 surprising cheese pairings, 2 cheese and wine activities (Terroir Quiz & blind wine aroma recognition), and platters of regional charcuterie.
The workshop is the equivalent of a full meal, so there's no need to go to the restaurant afterwards!
Les Toqués du Fromage © Les Toqués du Fromage
19 min Walk
1.6 km
Food Traboule
La Tour Rose, a famous restaurant and an exceptionally charming luxury hotel in Vieux-Lyon, had been dormant for several years. Tabata and Ludovic Mey have embarked on a new chapter, bringing renewed life to one of Lyon’s landmarks. They created Food Traboule as much more than just a food court, it's the creation of a new place to get together in the city.

To sum up, Food Traboule is a historic 660 m2 location that includes 2 bars, 1 coffee shop, 7 rooms, 7 atmospheres, 1 event space, 240 seats and 12 chefs: Le Comptoir des Apothicaires, Ludo’s Pizza, Le Bistrot du Potager, Substrat - La Panifacture, La Meunière, Butcher Brother, Lyon’s Gastro Pub, Misto, Lob’s, MSB - Mon Salade Bar, La Baraque à Sucre and Le Bistrot du Sucré.

There are vegetarian and vegan options available.
tour rose © Alexandra Battut
17 min Walk
1.4 km
Fourvière Hôtel
Upon arrival, an unusual reception located in the old chapel of the Convent will surprise you. A visual path was created especially for the places by the artist Pablo Reinoso. To enjoy a family tour of the city or for a business stay, this 4-star hotel has 75 rooms and suites spread over 3 levels, each of which tells the story of Lyon through the characters who shaped it.

Les Téléphones restaurant serves a bistronomic menu throughout the day, served in the wings of the peristyle.
Experience genuine Lyonnaise "bouchon" cuisine.
The Kfé: a place to relax and meet for a snack or break, to read, share a drink, play…
Les Collections, the hotel's lounge bar.
In its green setting, in the heart of the Parc de la Visitation, Fourvière Hotel offers relaxing moments in its gardens or on its terraces: Fourvière-Les-Bains, 25m swimming corridor, hammam, spa, ice fountain and themed showers as well as a game of boules lyonnaises.

Fourvière Hotel offers a wide range of variable capacity meeting rooms equipped with WiFi, adapted to your needs.

Fourvière Hotel received in 2020 the "Etiquette Environnementale" label.
Fourvière Hôtel - Extérieur © © Studio Kalice

Day 3

Lyon 5e Arrondissement > Lyon 3e Arrondissement
Halles de Lyon - Paul Bocuse (indoor market hall)
The Halles (indoor market hall) was opened in February 1971 by Louis Pradel, and then renovated in 2006. The roof is covered in grass and greenery. From March 1859 to January 1971, this market hall was located at Place des Cordeliers, in the 2nd 'arrondissement' of Lyon.
The roof will soon be transformed into a huge public garden, and will be open to visitors.
 © site des halles
The secrets of pâté en croûte with Joseph Viola
In 2009, his duck foie gras and sweetbread pâté was proclaimed world champion ! The best worker in France, Joseph Viola will share with you the three pillars of this specialty: dough, stuffing and jelly. Simple in appearance, the recipe uses many ingredients that make it rich. you won't leave without tasting your work, washed down with the wine that goes with it, or without taking away something to proudly share about fifteen slices. »
Joseph Viola - Pâté en croûte © CHERRYSTONE
1 min Walk
152 m
Le Bouchon Sully
Here's a little history lesson about this unique and different kind of 'bouchon'! Before becoming a 'bouchon', it was 'Les Oliviers', a bistro, managed by Marseillais Olivier Canal for 14 years.

Well before that, this was chef Mathieu Viannay's very first establishment, it was here that the Mère Brazier's chef first came when he arrived in Lyon in 1998.

Today, Julien Gautier, chef and owner of M Restaurant, and Emmanuel Tachon-Foley, front of house, are creating their own story. Their menu is full of specialities of Lyon and seasonal dishes. It has been decorated to resemble a traditional 'bouchon' restaurant, but with a little added personal touch.
 © Juliette Treillet
Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette
10 minutes' walk from the Part Dieu TGV station and 5 minutes from the Presqu'île. The Mercure Lyon Saxe Lafayette is perfect for a business trip or a weekend in Lyon. You can make the most of our peaceful and spacious rooms and savour a delicious meal in our restaurant "Le Garage". Come and relax in our Wellness Area, use our fitness equipment or enjoy a swim in our pool. And we have a car park to make your stay even more convenient.

The Mercure Saxe Lafayette hotel is involvled in PLANET 21 programme initiated by ACCOR hotel group.
Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette © Studio Le Carré
29 min Walk
2.4 km

Day 4

Lyon 3e Arrondissement > Lyon 2e Arrondissement
Farmers' market - Place Carnot
If you pass by Place Carnot late afternoon on a Wednesday, you'll be surprised to see that there's a market held there from 4pm to 7pm. This was the very first afternoon market to be held in Lyon, created over ten years ago.
Tourists, passers-by and locals all come to take a stroll down the central walkway between the stalls and fill their baskets with the delicious produce. Plums, peaches, nectarines, tomatoes, courgettes, cows' milk cheese, lamb, etc. Some foreign tourists happen upon this market and wonder at the range of products on display. A group of young travellers can't help but stop by a goat's cheese stand. In 'brique' form, matured 'cabrion', dry 'cabrion, there are seven different kinds of goat's cheese on display. It's not easy to choose between them.
 © Copyright © 2018 Mihriban DONER
Lyon Food Tour
Visit Lyon step by tasty step!

Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2 March to 31 December 2021.
Meet in front of the Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse (102 cours Lafayette)

Tuesday to Saturday from 26 January to 31 December 2021
Meet at 2 Place Benoit Crépu - 69005 Lyon

Tuesday to Saturday from 26 January to 31 December 2021
Meet at 2 place du Change 69005 Lyon
Lyon Food Tour © Alexandre Théoule
18 min Walk
1.5 km
Rustique *
At just 34 years old, Maxime Laurenson has already worked alongside some of the greatest chefs, including Mathieu Viannay, Jean Sulpice, and Julien Roucheteau.

The Rustique restaurant's keyword is 'conviviality'! The decoration is inspired by nature and the farming world, the friendly front-of-house team will take care of your every need, there is limited capacity inside the restaurant and the kitchen is open onto the dining room. All of this and more will ensure you feel instantly at home here.

Maxime Laurenson grew up in the small village of Saint-Just-Malmont, south of Saint-Etienne, surrounding by farming land and fields and with a great-grandmother who was a passionate cook. His rustic and gourmet style of cuisine is largely inspired by his childhood, out in the open-air and always with plenty of great food on the family table.

For the opening of this first restaurant, Maxime Laurenson made sure he brought together a highly talented team to work by his side, including his wife Hélène and their friend Jean-Philippe Durand.
Restaurant Rustique © Bruno Advertis
12 min Walk
1.0 km
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