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Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

Hi all,

I think I'll be going to Lyon for a few days in April for a bit of a gastro-tour. I have no doubt the food there will be of the highest quality, but I've really heard mixed reviews of the city itself.

If I am going to be there for 4 days, is there enough to keep myself and friend busy, or are we better off bringing our darts and finding a nice pub in between feasts?

We're already planning to go to the Stade Gerland for a game, what else is there to do there?

Obviously, I can (and have) done some research, on Tripadvisor etc etc, but first hand experience would be appreciated.

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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

We were there for a couple of days a few years back and really liked the atmosphere, main square is nice, the old streets are lovely - very historic atmosphere - one of Europe's biggest renaissance areas - cobbled streets..lovely little restaurants, would recommend
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

Definitely. One of France's major cities with great history and great food. Can't comment on what best to do as it's been a while since I've been back to visit a friend there but I'd take the opportunity if you get it. They're particularly proud of their meat sausages. What more do you need to know?
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The best food I've ever eaten was in Lyon.

The few different places I went while I was there were all excellent.


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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

Well worth a visit IMO.
We lived there for five years and went back recently for a visit to show our son where we lived.
You'll find plenty to do for 4 days.
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

The old town and area around the cathedral is impressive. We went to a couple of restaurants and although the food was very tasty, it wasn't quite the gastronomic experience we were hoping for. Fantastic markets though .
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

I have been twice during the festival of lights on December 8th, I can really recommend visiting at this (crowded) time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festiva...hts_%28Lyon%29
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Well worth a visit IMO.
We lived there for five years and went back recently for a visit to show our son where we lived.
You'll find plenty to do for 4 days.
Glad to hear it, do you have some local suggestions then that aren't in the tourist guides / tripadvisor?

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I have been twice during the festival of lights on December 8th, I can really recommend visiting at this (crowded) time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festiva...hts_%28Lyon%29
Am going in April, sucks to be me
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

Spent two fabulous years of undergraduate studies there, there is a lot to do:
  • lots of great museums: Beaux Arts, Imprimerie, Tissues & Arts décoratifs...;
  • amazing food indeed, at all price levels; be sure to check Les Halles near Lyon Part Dieu, in particular the wonderful cheese offer of Mère Richard;
  • lots of fun exploring the "traboules", the covered passages between streets in the old city;
  • as "Capitale des gaules", it's a prominent Catholic history place, so lots of wonderful churches: Notre Dame de Fourvière, Cathédrale Saint Jean, Chapelle de la Trinité...
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

Do not eat in the rue Mercière. Otherwise, fine, but read the menu carefully, you can NOT send a dish back to the kitchen just because you didn't know the word for brain or even worse things.

Otherwise, Lyon has quite a few hidden treasures you won't find on your own, it be google map has gotten better. Try to find cour des Voraces without help...
A guided tour of the traboules is a must. Guided, otherwise, you won't access all the best ones that easily.
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Do not eat in the rue Mercière. Otherwise, fine, but read the menu carefully, you can NOT send a dish back to the kitchen just because you didn't know the word for brain or even worse things.

Otherwise, Lyon has quite a few hidden treasures you won't find on your own, it be google map has gotten better. Try to find cour des Voraces without help...
A guided tour of the traboules is a must. Guided, otherwise, you won't access all the best ones that easily.

Any restaurants you recommend? Back home, a sheeps head (eyes and brain included) its a delicacy. Tasty!!
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

Another Thumbs up .. Food was excellent. City is interesting as well. Its France's second city why would you not visit.
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

lived there for a year but haven't benn back in about 4

if you're a meat lover, carnegie hall close to gerland used to be the place to eat great steaks

the paul bocuse restaurants (nord, sud, est, ouest) are good but a bit overrated in my opinion

there used to be a great sushi place (you'd never think it right) called "wasabi" fairly close to part dieu

the city center is great but we also liked visitng the biggest park parc tete d'or.

nice thing about lyon is that like some other cities (barcelona comes to mind) you can rent bicycles in a pickup-dropoff mode. as it is very flat with cycle lanes you can use them all over the city

enjoy
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

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Hi all,

I think I'll be going to Lyon for a few days in April for a bit of a gastro-tour. I have no doubt the food there will be of the highest quality, but I've really heard mixed reviews of the city itself.

If I am going to be there for 4 days, is there enough to keep myself and friend busy, or are we better off bringing our darts and finding a nice pub in between feasts?

We're already planning to go to the Stade Gerland for a game, what else is there to do there?

Obviously, I can (and have) done some research, on Tripadvisor etc etc, but first hand experience would be appreciated.

Cheers,
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Visited Lyon years ago. Liked the nice city, but combined it with Annecy and Aix-les-Bains
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

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Hi all,

I think I'll be going to Lyon for a few days in April for a bit of a gastro-tour. I have no doubt the food there will be of the highest quality, but I've really heard mixed reviews of the city itself.

If I am going to be there for 4 days, is there enough to keep myself and friend busy, or are we better off bringing our darts and finding a nice pub in between feasts?

We're already planning to go to the Stade Gerland for a game, what else is there to do there?

Obviously, I can (and have) done some research, on Tripadvisor etc etc, but first hand experience would be appreciated.

Cheers,
StirB
Are you driving there or taking the train? First of all...
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

i lived there for a bit. this is definitely worth a visit. bring your walking shoes!

the friends that came to visit me really liked the giant painted wall murals/frescos. i think there is an app for that to find them, costing a dollar or something. theres an app to find the trabules too.
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Re: Lyon - Worth a visit or not?

Lugdunum is the true gastronomical center of France. Brasserie Georges behind Perrache or the popular district of Croix-Rousse with hundreds of local restaurants...some of them very good like Mère Brazier. Local specialities are andouillette, tablier de sapeur or cervelle de canut.
Lovely city for a week-end-end.
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Are you driving there or taking the train? First of all...
Will either be training or flying, most likely train.

Chances of hiring a car are zero given that Lyon is right in between Burgundy and the Rhone Valley
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Glad to hear it, do you have some local suggestions then that aren't in the tourist guides / tripadvisor?
I would take the funicular up to Fourviere from St Jean, have a look round up there and then walk back down. You can take in the roman amphitheatre on your way down.
Explore the old town either before you go up or when you come down. There is an English/Irish ( can't remember which) pub on the left a few hundred yards after the Cathedral St Jean and there is a small restaurant just opposite called the Auberge du Rabelais which we like and is very reasonable.
I would also suggest taking the metro up to Croix- Rousse and walking back down from there. Croix-Rousse is the old silk making quarter and has lots of interesting little alleyways and passages and is where a lot of the French
resistance used to hang out during the war as the Germans couldn't find their way around easily.
The traboules are fascinating and it is fun to visit them with a guide but since you'll only be there for a short time you can probably get the general feel for them by just wandering around yourself.

Parc de la Tete d'or is also well worth a visit and easy to access by public transport. If it's raining there's a very interesting medical instrument/ history of medicine museum in the Hotel Dieu on the bank of the Rhone on the presqu'ile.

If you're interested in shopping then the Part Dieu centre is pretty big and you may like to go up to the top of the 'crayon' tour at Part Dieu to take in the view and have a meal or just a coffee in the caferestaurant of the Radisson Blu hotel on the 32nd floor.

The markets on the banks of the river Rhone are also well worth a stroll along too.

You won't need a car in Lyon. The public transport system is really good and to be perfectly honest it's a nightmare trying to drive in the city.
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Many thanks for all of your help!

The plan has changed slightly - having looked at a map () I have realised Lyon is driving distance, so I will be doing the following instead:

Wednesday evening, drive from ZRH to Dijon, pick up friend at Dijon station. Dinner and hotel in Dijon.

Thursday: Drive around the region a bit, do some winery-ing (not me at all since I am the driver, of course ) eat somewhere around there (recommendations welcome).

Friday: Leisurely cruise down to Lyon, have lunch on way, arrive in the afternoon. Dinner in Lyon.

Saturday: Day in Lyon, ideally eat in Bocuse in the evening if we can get in.

Sunday: Chill out, drive back via Dijon.
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