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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
81 quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon

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.

Musée des Tissus
34, rue de la Charité, Lyon

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.

Brasserie “Le Nord”
18 rue Neuve, Lyon

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.

Brasserie “Le Sud”
11 Place Antonin-Poncet, Lyon

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.

Charcuterie Sibilia
102 cours Lafayette, Lyon

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.

42 cours Franklin Roosevelt, Lyon

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.


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.

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