Saint-Etienne is a town full of passion, fervour and colour, with green prominent everywhere you look: in the colours of the legendary local football club, AS Saint-Etienne; in the town’s natural setting which acts as the green lungs of the Lyon area; and as an illustration of the environmentally friendly ethos of this former mining town, now a UNESCO City of Design.

La Cité du Design
©Saint-Etienne-Cité du design - LIN Finn Geipel/Giulia Andi, photo : Jan-Oliver Kunze
  Saint-Etienne: rendez-vous in town


Don't miss


  • Spend a 100% design-focused weekend in Saint-Etienne, a UNESCO City of Design, a member of the Creative Cities network, and home to the Cité du Design occupying the former weapons factoryExperience a new perspective of the city as you admire the modern architecture at Le Zénith, designed by Norman Foster, as well the urban decorative works created by artists and designers
  • Understand the architectural genius of the Le Corbusier site on the edge of the city, unique in Europe
  • Embrace artistic creativity in the Musée d’Art Moderne and in the city’s numerous contemporary art galleries
  • Watch a show at the Opéra, during the multi-faceted Festival des 7 Collines, or as part of the Rhino Jazz(s) event. Experience the atmosphere of Le Fil, the leading venue for contemporary music in the Rhône-Alpes
  • Learn about the origins of design on a guided "Town of Art and History" tour and at the Musée d’Art et d’Industrie with its unique collections of ribbon weavings, weapons and bicycles
  • Hire a "vélivert" bike for the day, visit the Parc Couriot, the Musée de la Mine and watch a football match
  • Discover the landscapes of the Lac de Grangent by boat, in the heart of the Réserve Naturelle des Gorges de la Loire
  • Discover the landscapes of the Lac de Grangent by boat, in the heart of the Réserve Naturelle des Gorges de la Loire
  • Experience the invention and creativity of our chefs and food producers by tasting specialities such as chocolates and macaroons, and enjoy lunch in a designer-style restaurant, and sign up for a cookery class in contemporary or molecular cuisine
  • Visit the former Chartreuse de Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez on a segway, experiencing the medieval atmosphere of this medieval property dating back to the 13Ce
  • Reach for the stars in the city’s Planétarium, which occupies the former site of the Manufrance factory