Destination Guide: Lyon
Vaulted alleyways, traditional puppets and haute
Wander cobbled lanes in Vieux Lyon or chic shopping streets on the Presqu'île. Pack your suitcase with silk, chocolates and fruity local wines .
France's gastronomic capital is full of flavour. Tuck in to Lyonnais andouillettes sausages or pike quenelles in breadcrumbs at gourmet restaurants throughout Vieux Lyon. Wash them down with local Beaujolais and Rhône wines. Or opt for classic omelettes and tangy croque-monsieur in lively city-centre brasseries.
Secret passageways and puppet shows. Stroll romantic Vieux Lyon and enjoy a traditional Guignol puppet show. Gaze over the city from Fourvière hill's Roman ruins or wander the network of secretive traboules- the ancient covered alleyways that criss-cross the city centre. The scent of flowers and the burble of the floodlit fountain bring an air of calm to the city's grand main square, the Place Terreaux.
Browse designer wear and edible gifts. Browse light-as-air silks and rich velvets in the historic weavers' shops of Croix Rousse. Or search out elegant French designers along the sweep of rue Emile Zola. Sumptuous mini-gateaux, gold-dusted chocolates and delicate petit-fours make the chocolatier Bernachon a must-see.
Choose from world-class ballet to all-night dancing. The Presqu'île comes alive after dark with jazz bars, and classical performances at the modern Opera de Lyon. Cross the Rhône for stylish Art Nouveau bars in riverside Brotteaux, or upbeat, friendly nightclubs.