If you're looking for a city with superb cuisine, a young, lively atmosphere and great weather, Lyon is for you. Straddling the banks of the rivers Rhône and the Saône, France’s second largest city is home to over 100,000 students, who make up almost a quarter of the local population.
Often called France’s culinary capital, each meal is a delight in Lyon. Pop in to one of the city’s typical bouchons, sample local dishes and enjoy the exceptional local wines (Beaujolais is a local favourite). Evenings in Lyon are long and laidback, often culminating in the streets around Metro stop Hôtel de ville, which is home to a smorgasbord of cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs. One essential stop is the Hot Club de Lyon which has been serving up live jazz five times a week since 1948. Around 8th December each year, Lyon celebrates the Fête des lumières (Festival of Lights), which is a spectacular and uniquely Lyonnaise tradition. Every house burns candles in their windows, while whole streets are extravagantly illuminated. An unmissable event in an unmissable city.
If you want to explore beyond the city, Paris, Geneva, the Mediterranean and the Alps are all within easy reach, thanks to France’s excellent public transport.
At our language school in Lyon, you will learn French in a warm and welcoming environment, with the emphasis on knowledge that can be transferred to everyday life. The Lyonnaise are welcoming people, especially when you make an effort to speak French, so don’t be afraid to get stuck in! Take a French course in Lyon with ESL and discover a delightful city that has somehow stayed off the tourist radar… and is all the better for it.