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You're Going to Love Lyon

France's third largest city, Lyon is a place where the very best of life is routine: stunning architecture, gourmet food, fine wines, great museums, music festivals, parks, elegant riverfronts, and high-quality public transportation are all in a day's work for the Lyonnais.

Situated at the coming together of two great French rivers, Lyon is a linchpin of French culture. It's the kind of place where you'll find celebrations to French heroes like the Lumière Brothers, halls filled with gorgeous artworks, and tables piled high with charcuterie, ready for the taking.

An intoxicating blend of urban sophistication and irresistible tastes, Lyon has everything visitors could desire from the French destination.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Lyon

When to Visit Lyon

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Lyon doesn't rely on fine weather to satisfy visitors, so there's really no bad time to visit. If you want to enjoy open air concerts, then June and July make sense, but if you just want to wander the historic neighborhoods, see the museums, and dine at local bouchons, spring or fall are just as appealing.

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How to Get to Lyon

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Where to Stay in Lyon

As you would expect from such a stately, sophisticated city, Lyon doesn't lack for high-class hotels. Options in Vieux Lyon (the old town) include the Cour des Loges and the Villa Florentine, both of which offer 5-star accommodation with spa facilities and excellent restaurants. Options on Presqu'île include the well-appointed Hotel Carlton and the 5-star Hotel Sofitel Lyon Bellecour - but in truth there are many fabulous hotels in town.

Popular Neighborhoods in Lyon

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Most booked hotels in Lyon

How to Get Around Lyon

The Cost of Living in Lyon

Shopping Streets

Lyon has always been a commercial center, and it remains a fabulous shopping destination. If you want to shop for the latest French fashion accessories, dresses, lingerie, or jewelry, Presqu'île is the place to start. Check out streets like Rue du Président Édouard Herriot or Rue Victor-Hugo, where well-known brands like Louis Vuitton jostle with boutiques like Cyrillus or Moreteau. If you want to shop for luxury food or drink, there's no better place than the Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, a huge gastronomic marketplace that foodies will adore.

Groceries and Other

Lyon has plenty of standard supermarkets alongside delicatessens and markets. If you need cheap eats or grocery essentials, head to Carrefour, E.Leclerc, or Monoprix, which should have anything you need. Don't expect rock-bottom prices. A gallon of milk will come to around EUR3, and 12 eggs about EUR2.75.

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C$ 15.61
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A pair of jeans
C$ 113.63
Single public transport ticket
Single public transport ticket
C$ 2.35
C$ 3.42

Where to Eat in Lyon

You could write a book about where to eat in Lyon (and many do), and few cities have such an incredible dining scene. If you are after traditional Lyonnais meat dishes, the charcuterie and entrées at bouchons like Le Musée, La Mère Jean, Chabert et Fils, or L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges (created by legendary chef Paul Bocuse) will fit the bill. For something lighter, try Momento Sapori E Vini or the Korean-Japanese fusion dishes at Gang Nam. But wherever you stay, there will be delectable aromas wafting onto the street, so don't be afraid to explore. Meals tend to be reasonably priced. Expect a good bouchon to charge around EUR20-25 for their à la carte menu.

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