Four months on and I’ve finally gotten around to putting together my Lyon travel guide! I know, I know, bad blogger award goes to me, but hopefully it was worth the wait.
So if you follow me over on Instagram, you’ll know that back in August I visited the very charming city of Lyon. Flying over for a friend’s wedding, we didn’t have all that much free time, but we still managed to steal an afternoon or two away from the festivities to explore what the city had to offer.
So without further blather, here’s my top suggestions for a long weekend in Lyon…
Head for the sky.
Lyon is well known for it’s amazing selection of roof top bars. So if you’re heading to the city next summer, there’s no better place to grab a drink and enjoy the sunshine. One of the hotspots is Le Sucre, which is a really cool local style club with live shows, djs and incredible views.
Shop Till You Drop.
If you love a little retail therapy like me, then get yourself to Place Bellecour. The streets are chockablock with 100s of boutiques and big name retailers to satisfy your every spending need. And if you fancy a little rest, simply head to one of the many delicious patisseries for a coffee and croissant (or 2… when in France ay!).
Embrace The Local Cuisine.
Speaking of croissants, Lyon is actually known as the food capital of the world and it’s easy to see why. With knockout Michelin star restaurants, scrumptious cafes and freaking amazing food markets, it’s definitely a place to indulge your gluttonous side! For a classic Lyonnais meal, head to Chez les Gones or for a more contemporary twist on a traditional menu, try Le Canut et Les. I warn you, they are a little on the pricey side, but we all deserve a little treat now and then right?
Go For A Walk.
Lyon is a beautiful mixture of old and new, which makes it an amazing place to simply explore. Some of my favourite and most interesting days in a new place are the days we have nothing planned. So grab your camera and head over the bridge to the oldest part of the city, Vieux Lyon. Made up of old buildings, local business and picturesque scenery, there is stacks to do and see.
We actually stayed just outside of Vieux Lyon in a very beautiful apartment with views across the river. I would definitely return to Lyon, but next time I would avoid August. Unlike London, Lyon literally shuts down for the summer holiday. Like seriously shuts down! The entire Lyon population seemed to have jetted off and deserted the city at the same time. This is great if you want a quiet retreat, but if you prefer a little more buzz, take my advice and avoid August!