Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Lyon

Lyon is often called the capital city of gastronomy. For a long time, this was equated with sauces and a petit-bourgeois small town complex. But then the TGV high speed train linked Lyon with Paris and Marseille, Olympique de Lyon started to win League Championship after League Championship, and a new Lyon was suddenly filled with daring architecture, crowded cafés, and avant-garde exhibitions.

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Musée d’Art Contemporain

This fantastic museum is situated on the border of the Park de la Tête d’Or, adjacent to the newly built Congress Center by Renzo Piano. It regularly beats Paris by gaining sole rights to any Andy Warhol exhibition. Next to the Museum, Renzo Piano’s 3,000 seat amphitheater is worth a visit by itself. One of the most audacious architectural juxtapositions: business, arts and leisure activities, all succeed in mingling together in the same living area.
Adresse: 81 quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 72 69 17 17
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Friday : 11.00am - 06.00pm. Weekend : 11.00am - 07.00pm.

Musée des Tissus

French fashion was born and flourished from Lyon’s textile industry. The Musée des Tissus provides a unique collection presenting more than 2,000 years of the history of textile around the world, and more specifically, in the Lyon area, highlighting the influence it had on French fashion.
Adresse: 34, rue de la Charité, Lyon
Telefon: + 33 4 78 38 42 00
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Sunday : 10.00am - 06.00pm

Institut Lumière

The Institut Lumière is located in Monplasir, the historic district of Lyon. This is where the Lumière brothers invented the Cinématographe and also where they made history by making the first film in 1895. The four-level Lumière Museum allows you to discover the extraordinary inventions of the Lumière brothers, and within the Hangar Prime-Film there are daily movie screenings.
Adresse: 25 rue du Premier-Film, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 78 18 95
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Sunday : 10.00am - 06.30pm

Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere

The Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière was built between 1872 and 1884 and has a great position on a hilltop with great views over the city. Today it is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists. The church is decorated with many beautiful details in mosaics, murals and stained glass.
Adresse: 8 Place de Fourviere, Lyon
Åpningstider: Everyday : 07.00am - 07.00pm

Musée des Beaux Arts

The Musée des Beaux Arts is one of France’s most elegant art museums with everything from ancient statues to contemporary art. It has acquired a painting by Poussin, "The Flee to Egypt", increasing the collection of 17th- and 18th-century paintings to be one of the most prestigious in France.
Adresse: 20 place des Terreaux, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 72 10 17 40
Åpningstider: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Weekend: 10.00am - 06.00pm. Friday: 10.30am - 06.00pm

Le Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation

Lyon housed the core of the Resistance movement, which fought against the occupying German troops during WWII. Many French Jews were deported from here. Everything is explained at the Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportationand, and there are also pictures from the trial of the Butcher of Lyon, Klaus Barbie.
Adresse: 14 Avenue Berthelot, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 72 23 11

Walk along the Rhône

There are over 5 km of walkways along the Rhône for leisure and enjoyment. Here you will find lawns, outdoor cafés, deckchairs, pools, barges, concerts and restaurants. For the more athletically inclined, a cycling track, a roller park and a fitness circuit is provided.
Adresse: Rhône, Lyon

Boat Trips

Explore Lyon from the river Rhône and admire its heritage while the guide tells you the secrets of the city. In the evening you can have a very romantic dinner cruise. From April to October you can take a boat trip on the Rhône. Different companies operate in the evenings.
Adresse: 2 quai des Célestins, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 42 96 81

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Stroll around at the largest park in France that can be found in the heart of Lyon. This is a great place for the whole family, where you can enjoy the zoological park, which includes 1,000 animals, including birds, reptiles, chimpanzees, Atlas lions, European brown bears, giraffes, Indian elephants and much more. In addition there is also a botanical garden with 15,000 plants as well as a rose garden.
Adresse: Parc de la Tête d'Or, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 89 02 03

Aquarium Grand Lyon

Aquarium Grand Lyon is a great attraction for families with children. The aquarium has 40 tanks with 5,000 fishes and other sea creatures and is divided into 5 sectors: temperate freshwater, tropical freshwater, sea water, shark pit and 5 senses (where you can stroke some fish and other animals).
Adresse: 7 rue Stephane Dechant, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 72 66 65 66
Åpningstider: Wednesday - Sunday: 11.00am - 07.00pm

Opéra de Lyon

Opéra de Lyon is a must-see attraction in Lyon. Here you can take a guided tour, which is highly recommended. This is the modernized version built in 1993 of the original 1831 opera house, and is a place where the ultramodern and classical style is presented throughout the whole building, both inside and out.
Adresse: Place de la Comédie, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 69 85 54 54

Brasserie “Le Nord”

Brasserie “Le Nord” is Monsieur Bocuse’s turn of the century bistro with all of Northern France’s classics dishes on the menu, including onion soup, calf brains, chicken fricassee and other interesting specialities. It also has an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy your food.
Adresse: 18 rue Neuve, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 72 10 69 69
Åpningstider: Monday - Saturday : noon - 02.00pm.

Brasserie “Le Sud”

This is one of the four restaurants owned by the famous chef Paul Bocus. The menu offers specialties from Mediterranean cuisine, like salad nicoise, osso buco, fish soup, tartars and spit-roasts. The interior decor is inspired in Morocco and the French provinces.
Adresse: 11 Place Antonin-Poncet, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 72 77 80 00
Åpningstider: Monday - Saturday : noon - 02.00pm.

Brasserie “L’Est”

This is another of Monsieur Bocuse’s restaurants, located in an old train station. The chef prepares the best dishes inspired from all around the world. On the menu you will find goose liver in Port, Serrano ham, Crispy Pizza and roasted salmon escalope from Norway.
Adresse: 14 place Jules-Ferry, Gare des Brotteaux, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 37 24 25 26
Åpningstider: Monday - Saturday : noon - 02.00pm.

Brasserie “L’Ouest”

Brasserie “L’Ouest” is the youngest and most modern restaurant of the Bocuse brasseries, having opened its doors in 2003. The menu provides meat, fish and pasta dishes inspired from French, Italian, Spanish and Asian cooking. With Philippe Starck design on the chairs, candelabras and plasma screens it gives a modern feeling.
Adresse: 1 Quai du Commerce, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 37 64 64 64
Åpningstider: Monday - Saturday : noon - 02.00pm.

Chez les Gones

Chez les Gones is a classic bouchon, a tiny traditional Lyon restaurant. There is a terrace on the top floor which makes a nice seating area if the weather permits. Discover authentic local cuisine at this restaurant where the staff creates food with passion.
Adresse: 102 Cours Lafayette, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 60 91 61

Brasserie Georges

Brasserie Georges is located opposite the Perrache station. It is a classic brasserie, founded in 1836, with a long history of serving up fabulous French cuisine. It is definitely not to be missed - for its fabulous Art Deco style, if nothing else.
Adresse: 30 Cours de Verdun Perrache, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 72 56 54 54
Åpningstider: Daily 11:30am–9pm

Les Planches

Fried fish and frog legs are the house specialties at this great restaurant, which additionally boasts a great location right by the Saone. It's a bit out of the way, so plan your route accordingly, but locals still make the trip there to enjoy these dishes.
Adresse: 16 Quai Général de Gaulle, Albigny-sur-Saône
Telefon: +33 4 78 91 30 88
Åpningstider: Everyday: noon - 01.00am


If you like seafood and oysters, then this is the restaurant to visit. However, it is a popular restaurant so it might be packed. While you are waiting for a table you can have a glass of wine by the bar area. The charming service, great menu and nice decor are some of the reasons why people are drawn to restaurant Merle.
Adresse: 102 cours Lafayette, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 62 30 29
Åpningstider: 1st September - 31st May: 8.00am - 10.00pm, except Sunday: 8.00am - 2.00pm. May: Sunday - Wednesday: 10.00am - 02.00pm. Thursday - Saturday: 10.00am - 02.00pm, then 06.00pm - 10.00pm.


Tomo is a restaurant with two very different styles and atmospheres: on the one hand, there is refined French cuisine in a modern ambiance, and on the other, guests can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine. Regardless of your preferences, you can expect a fabulous meal.
Adresse: 7 rue Pierre Corneille, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 41 84 60
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Saturday: noon - 2.00pm, then 07.00pm - 9.00pm.

Franklin's Steakhouse

Are you craving meat? Then head over to this American steakhouse. Indulge in New York steak, baby back ribs or a juicy hamburger, and for dessert you can choose some American staples, such as Apple Pie or Key Lime Pie. The friendly service makes the atmosphere pleasant and warm.
Adresse: 41 rue Franklin, Lyon
Telefon: +4 78 37 71 21

La Scala Siciliana

La Scala Siciliana can be described as a warm Italian restaurant with a family-friendly atmosphere. On the menu you will find dishes made from old family recipes, such as "escalope valdostana" (veal escalope Milanese) or "polpette the Sicilian" (meatball). Other authentic Italian dishes you can enjoy are pizza and pasta.
Adresse: 3 Rue Commandant Dubuois, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 26 00 09 35

Le Petit Persan

This Persian restaurant is located near the St. Nizier church. It offers traditional dishes like beef stew with herbs and saffron rice with lots of flavour. Make sure to make a reservation, as the restaurant gets busy in the evening, a surefire sign of the quality of the food.
Adresse: 8 rue Longue, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 28 26 50

Le Grand Café des Négociants

Heavy curtains, exquisite plasterwork, and mirrors everywhere for Lyon's silk merchants who wanted to be able to keep an eye on each other, Le Grand Café des Négociants looks much like it did many years ago. It is a monument in Lyon, much like the Café de Flore is for Parisians.
Adresse: 1 Place Francisque Régaud, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 42 50 05
Åpningstider: Daily 7.00am - 4.00am.

Café Pignol

Café Pignol is one of Lyon’s most famous tea houses, as beloved for its great coffee and tea varieties as it is for its homemade jams and out-of-this-world pastries. They also offer a lunch menu, in case you're in the mood for something more substantial.
Adresse: 17 Rue Émile Zola, Lyon
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 8:30am–7:15pm

Café 203

This bustling café is open all day, and is a popular place among the younger crowd. It's easy to spot since there is always a beautiful Peugeot 203 parked right in front of the terrace. This trendy and relaxed cafe also holds weekly art exhibitions.
Adresse: 9 Rue du Garet, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 28 66 65
Åpningstider: Daily 7.00am - 1.00am.


A guinguette is a 19th-century French name for a dance on the pier. The waiters have to run across the road with their orders. Here you can enjoy a drink on a sunbed and admire the lovely view across Barbe Island and listen to swaying music. You can also order grilled frog’s legs if you want a nibble with your drink.
Adresse: 2 Quai Raoul Carrie, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 83 99 41
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Friday: 11.45am - 1.45pm, then 6.45pm - 9.30pm. Saturday: 11.45am - 1.45pm, then 6.45pm - 9.45pm. Sunday: 11.45am - 2.00pm, then 6.45pm - 9.00pm

Cour des Loges

Cour des Loges is a wonderful luxury hotel in a newly re-styled Renaissance palace, complete with a cosy bar and atrium where you can have a tasty cocktail, prime whisky or aged cognac. In 2012 the restaurant earned its first star in the Michelin Guide.
Adresse: 6 rue du Boeuf, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 72 77 44 44

Ninkasi Gerland

Having already become something of an institution in the city, Ninkasi Gerland is a brewery, café, bar and live music venue, and without a doubt one of the liveliest nightlife spots in Lyon. Be sure to check out their website to find out what events are going on during your visit.
Adresse: 267 rue Marcel Mérieux, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 72 76 89 00

Le Pharaon

For the brave, visit Le Pharaon. This is a casino which is located not far from Interpol and the Modern Museum. It is decorated in a lovely Egyptian style. Here you can play traditional games like blackjack, English Roulette, poker and much more. There is also a restaurant inside if you are feeling hungry or thirsty.
Adresse: 70 quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 17 53 53

Le Sucre

Located on top of what was once a 1930s sugar factory, this innovative and edgy nightclub not only gets people dancing with their DJs and live shows, but it also hosts interesting arts events on the rooftop terrace, and thus attracts a diverse crowd.
Adresse: 50 quai Rambaud, Lyon
Åpningstider: Thursday - Friday: 06.30pm - end. Saturday: 11.00pm - 05.00am. Sunday: 06.30pm - 11.30pm.

Hangar du Premier Film

Hangar du Premier Film is the best place in Lyon to catch some arthouse cinema. They screen all kinds of films, from cinema classics to the newest avant-garde films from all around the world. During the summer months, the movies are screened outdoors.
Adresse: 25 rue du Premier Film, Lyon
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Friday: 07.00pm - 09.00pm. Wednesday: 02.00pm - 09.00pm. Weekend: 02.30pm - 06.00pm.
Transport: Metro: Monplaisir - Lumière

Modern Art Café

Located in the creative and artsy area of Croix Rousse, this cafe and bar holds all kinds of art and multimedia events and expositions, and has a constant rotation of art hanging on the walls. The weekend brunches at Modern Art Café are also definitely worth trying.
Adresse: 65 bd de la Croix Rousse, Lyon
Åpningstider: Monday - Tuesday: 04.00pm - 10.00pm. Wednesday - Friday: 10.00am - 01.00am. Weekend: 11.00am - 01.00am.
Transport: Metro: Croix Rousse

La Cave d'à Côté

La Cave d'à Côté is a lovely cafe and bar that boasts one of the most unique settings in the city. It is hidden away in a tiny alley, and the interior has an old rustic feel to it, with smokey leather sofas and a library from which to choose a book and linger for hours.
Adresse: 7 rue Pleney, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 7828 3146
Åpningstider: Monday - Saturday: 07.00am - 11.30pm. Sunday: 05.00pm - 10.00pm.
Transport: Metro: Cordeliers

La Marquise

La Marquise is a popular bar that regularly hosts live music and DJs, featuring a selection of tunes encompassing jazz, hip-hop and electronic music. Just as much of a draw is its wonderfully unique and unexpected location: on a barge right on the Rhone.
Adresse: 20 quai Victor Augagneur, Lyon
Åpningstider: Sunday - Wednesday: 2.00pm - 1.00am, Thursday - Saturday: 2.00pm - 5.00am.
Transport: Metro: Place Guichard - Bourse du Travail

Charcuterie Sibilia

This butcher is located in Lyon's food hall (in a concrete quarter erected in the 1970s). Colette and her daughter probably offer the best cured meats and provisions in France. She dispatches them to customers throughout the world. This means that she is used to vacuum packing sausages, quenelles and other delicacies.
Adresse: 102 cours Lafayette, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 623 628
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Wednesday: 8.00am - 01.00pm, then 03.00pm - 07.00pm. Thursday - Saturday: 08.00am - 07.00pm. Sunday: 08.00am - 01.00pm.


If you are a chocolate lover then you have to visit this world-famous “maître chocolatier” – master chocolate maker. Everything on offer is made from scratch, from the delicate truffles and ornate bars to the savoury options that are also available, such as quiche.
Adresse: 42 cours Franklin Roosevelt, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 24 37 98
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Saturday: 08.30am - 07.00pm.

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette the premiere department store in France, with locations found all over the country. Here you can find just about anything you might be looking for, from clothes, shoes and accessories to home decor and design, as well as miscellaneous items of all sorts.
Adresse: 209-221 Boulevard Pinel, Lyon

La Bourse

Book lovers will not want to pass up a visit to La Bourse, one of the city's best places to find new and old books, comic books from all over the world, magazines and other such items. They even have old video games, LPs and films. This is where you can buy or trade for that old Piaf vinyl record, Serge Gainsbourg CD or Enki Bilal comic album you have been looking for.
Adresse: 8 Rue Lanterne, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 27 27 00
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00am - 07.30pm. Monday: 02.00pm - 07.30pm.

Vavro et Co

Blaise Vavro is one of Lyon’s most interesting wine retailers. It belongs to a younger generation that really tries to discover wines smaller and more unknown vineyards at reasonable prices. Wine lovers will doubtlessly make unique finds and discover flavours they've never tasted before.
Adresse: 46 cours Franklin Roosevelt, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 37 24 00 33
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Thursday: 10.00am - 12.30pm, then 02.30pm - 07.30pm. Friday - Saturday: 10.00am - 07.30pm.

In Cuisine

In Cuisine is a quaint bookstore that specializes in all things related to food and dining, with books specialising in gastronomy and wine. They also host wine tastings and cooking courses, and offer lunch options for casual visitors who want to offer their palate something new and unique.
Adresse: 1 place Bellecour, 2e, Lyon
Telefon: + 33 4 72 41 18 00
Åpningstider: Monday: 11.00am - 06.30pm. Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00am - 07.00pm.

Crafts Market

Every Sunday morning local artists, artisans and craftsmen set up their stalls among the pleasant trees and buildings of Quai Romain Rolland and showcase their works. Visitors can find paintings, sculptures, photographs and crafts of all sorts to take home as unique souvenirs.
Adresse: Quai Romain Rolland, Lyon
Åpningstider: Dimanche : 08.00am - 01.00pm.

Book Market

Every weekend booksellers set up their stalls along the Saône River and display their huge collections of unique and hard-to-find books. Most are in French, but diligent searching can yield a truly once-in-a-lifetime find in any language. Truly a must for bibliophiles.
Adresse: Quai de la Pêcherie, Lyon
Åpningstider: Weekend: 10.00am - 06.00pm.


France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of other EU/Schengen countries, as well as citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country.


Saint-Exupéry Airport is located 25 km from the city. You can take the express tram, which is the fastest link between the center of Lyon and the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport. The journey takes less than 30 minutes. A taxi to and from the airport also takes approximately 30 minutes. Taking the TGV from Perrache or Part-Dieu, you can travel to or from Paris-Charles de Gaulle in just two hours.
Adresse: Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon

Best Time to Visit

Spring and early summer are favourite times to visit Lyon. The months of April, May and June bring the most pleasant weather, as well as the blooming of the foliage in the city's parks and rose gardens. Moreover, a visit during these months means beating the summer crowds.

Public Transport

TCL has an extensive bus, tram and underground railway system in Lyon. Day passes or two-hour passes, which allow for travel on all vehicles, are frequently the most practical choice for visitors.
Telefon: +33 4 26 10 12 12


There are dozens of taxi companies in Lyon. Here are a few alternatives: Allo Taxi +33 4 78 28 23 23 Taxi-radio +33 4 72 10 86 86


La Poste is generally open from 8am to 7pm. You can find one office at the following address:
Adresse: 112 boulevard des Belges, Lyon


Pharmacie Blanchet
Adresse: 5 place des Cordeliers, Lyon
Telefon: +33 4 78 42 12 42
Åpningstider: 24/7


Country code: +33 Area code: 04


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