Language course in Lyon: Attractions

Bouchons

A city with the reputation as the culinary capital of the world’s most culinary nation must be a good place to eat, right? Correct – Lyon is a gourmand’s delight. Fresh local ingredients come in from the surrounding countryside and are turned into distinctive local dishes, which are best sampled at the bouchons. These small local restaurants (only 20 are officially certified) are famed for their hearty, tasty food which often involves the ingredients that expensive restaurants don’t want: tripe, bone marrow, donkey snout, and pork offal sausage, to name just a few. The cooks in the bouchons turn the offcuts into delicious dishes.

The bouchons are family-run institutions which are much loved by locals. Menus change regularly so you can keep going back again and again. If you need to burn off some calories afterwards, you could consider…
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Parc de la Tête d'Or

117 hectares of prime parkland including a large boating lake, a small zoo, a velodrome, boules court, botanical garden, mini-golf, horse riding and even a miniature train. It’s the perfect place to relax when the sun is shining and you are full of great food and wine. 

Traboules

Lyon may be a pulsating modern city, but the veins of its old town are ancient. The tunnels known as traboules were originally built to allow residents to get easily from their homes to the rivers, and were later used for everything from transporting silk to hiding people during the Second World War. A guided tour starts at €10 and is well worth it. 

Chocolate

When Columbus first came back from Central America, the cooks of Europe did not know what to do with the strange, bitter cacao berries he brought with him. It was only decades later, after the conquest of the Aztecs, that some inspired individual added sugar and honey to make the wonderful stuff we know today. 

Lyon is home to one of the great names in Chocolate: Bernachon. You may have never heard of Bernachon, but this is one of the handful of companies worldwide that actually makes chocolate, importing the berries from all over the world and making unique blends which are then shipped on to top chefs and chocolatiers. If you are looking for a little bit of Lyonnais culinary culture to bring back for loved ones, Bernachon’s boutique is a good place to start. 
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The Vineyards of Beaujolais

Wherever grapes grow, an attractive way of life seems to follow. The countryside around Lyon is one of the world’s top winegrowing regions. A day trip from the city will take you to the vineyards of Beaujolais, where dozens of wineries are within reach. Great food, great wine and beautiful countryside – what more could you ask for?

Museums

There are loads of museums in Lyon, perfect if you get encounter one of the few annual rainy days:

Opened in 2014, Musée des Confluences looks a bit like a stealth battleship and tells the story of mankind (so far).
86, quai Perrache - 69002 Lyon, museedesconfluences.fr

The Musée des Beaux-Arts has an extraordinary collection of fine arts.
20 place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, mba-lyon.fr

The most famous exhibit at the Musée Miniatures & Cinéma is a miniaturised version of Lyon but there is plenty about cinema and special effects to enjoy too.
60 Rue Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon, museeminiatureetcinema.fr

The Institut Lumière is dedicated to the birth of cinema and to the other creations of the Lumiere brothers.
25 rue du Premier – Film, 69352 Lyon, institut-lumiere.org

Find out all about life in ancient Lugdunum at the Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization.
17 Rue Cleberg, 69005 Lyon, musees-gallo-romains.com

The Galerie le Réverbère is one of many excellent galleries on Rue Burdeau featuring contemporary art and photography.
38 Rue Burdeau, 69001 Lyon, galerielereverbere.com
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