Lyon isn’t the biggest tourist destination in France but I do think it’s an up-and-coming city with a lot to offer. It’s full of interesting history, beautiful churches and of course – wonderful food. While I was there in December I was the only person staying in my hostel room – what a steal! I spent 3 days in Lyon and it was just enough time to get a feel for the city.
So, today I thought I’d share with you 5 things you should do if you’re in Lyon.
1. Visit the Basilica!
The Basilica is probably the biggest tourist attraction in Lyon but it is so worth it. There is a tram you can take to the top but I would definitely recommend walking through the old town to the top. You can wander through a beautiful park, extremely old cemetery and see some Roman Ruins! It’s a really beautiful walk but definitely wear your walking shoes – so many stairs to climb!
2. Eat Lyonnaise Food
Lyon is known for their food. Before I left, I read a lot about how Lyon was even considered the food capital of France. I tried a few different dishes while I was there and let me tell you – it was incredible. I wish I’d written down the dishes I had but really if you go to any restaurant in Lyon that is offering a ‘menu’ (set price for 3 course meal) you’re in for a treat. With a menu, you get an appetizer, main dish, and dessert! Normally Menu’s are around 20+ euros but I found some for cheaper and it was definitely money well spent.
3. Go to the museum of cinematic miniatures
This was by the far one of the most interesting museums I’ve ever been to. While I was there, they were having an exhibit on Wes Anderson, which was a very pleasant surprise! This museum features various costumes from famous films such as Star Wars or Mrs. Doubtfire. It’s situated in the old town so it’s very easy to find and such a unique experience.
4. Walk along the rivers at night
My hostel (Cool and Bed which I’d definitely recommend) was located right on the Saone River. You could walk along it easily and reach the old town but one of my favorite things I did while in Lyon was walking along it at night. Lyon is known for it’s ‘festival of lights’ but I wasn’t there during that time but I still found it beautifully lit up. At night, it was a peaceful walk along the river. I was traveling alone but I saw people sharing a bottle of wine on the side of the river, which also seems like a really nice idea.
5. Explore the old town
I spent an entire morning just wandering through the cobbled streets of Lyon’s old town. There are interesting and quirky shops and it’s always fun to get lost on the cobbled streets. There are tons of little passageways that lead you to another street but it’s always easy to find your way back.
Have you been to Lyon?
Let me know what you think in the comments!