Lyon, Capital of Gastronomy

  • Lyon by night

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    Lyon by night

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  • Lyon

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  • Lyon

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  • Lyon- Musée des Confluences

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    Lyon- Musée des Confluences

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Lyon, Capital of Gastronomy Lyon fr

The third-largest city in France, straddling the Saône and Rhône rivers, Lyon sits at a crossroads of influences, at the heart of one of France’s richest agricultural regions, where rustic regional harvests meet classic culinary craft. 

It was in 1935 when revered French food critic Curnonsky famously dubbed Lyon the ‘world capital of gastronomy’, and later Paul Bocuse, culinary legend, who further raised the profile of Lyon in the world with his brand of French fare, nouvelle cuisine.  Today, Lyon offers a choice between the gourmet charm of its famous “bouchons”, the refined ambience of its large Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as its pleasant markets.

Key figures

4300 restaurants in the Lyon metropolitan area

15 Michelin-starred restaurants

• World famous vineyards: Beaujolais, Rhone Valley (Saint-joseph, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu …)

• Lyon, home to one of France’s four Cities of Gastronomy
• Lyon, best destination in France for a gastronomic break, according to The Times (2015)

• Lyon 3e ‘Best food city’ in the world (

• The SIRHA, the world hospitality and food service event, with 2015 exhibitors and brands, over 190,000 visitors, including 25,000 international visitors from 135 countries, and 19,000 chefs in attendance.

• The International Taste Biennale (BIG) with 1.7 km of the soft transport tunnel transformed into one gigantic long table for the occasion. Saone side: the big table; Rhone side, the BIG market with regional producers.

Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse

Lyon’s first covered market appeared in 1859 in Cordeliers. In order to facilitate the daily life of customers and merchants, the open air stalls were gathered under a metal structure: The history of the Lyon-Paul Bocuse food was already being written. Today, there are 48 shopkeepers (oyster bars, cheese makers, bakers, confectioners, fresh foods merchants, butchers, fishmongers, caterers, wine merchants and restaurant owners) who wish, above all, to showcase gastronomic excellence of the region.

Lyon’s Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie will be located at Hôtel-Dieu, which is currently being renovated, and is scheduled to open in 2019. The project will illustrate the relationship between gastronomy and health through an educational circuit, exhibitions and workshops and will reveal the French lifestyle and culinary culture. The 3600 sq. m. facility will be home to a permanent collection and workshops where visitors can taste, touch and smell an endless variety of culinary creations. There will also be an area where various cooking and hospitality professions can demonstrate their techniques and expertise.

What to see & do in Lyon

• Lyon Old Town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

• The sloping streets of La Croix-Rousse and its hidden passages in Lyon

• The Lyon Opera House and Musée des Confluences Science Centre and anthropology museum  

• Taste the finest produce in the Halles Paul Bocuse market 

• Indulge your love of fine food in one of Lyon’s famous ‘bouchon’ restaurants and taste

Hotel suggestion

Hotel Charlemagne****
23 cours Charlemagne
69002 Lyon
Tel : +33 (0)4 72 77 70 00 

How to get there

Blue Air operates direct flight from Bucharest to Lyon three times per week : from 26. March to 28. October 2018: every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday OTP 07.45 – 09.30 LYS

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