Perfect 4 Day Itinerary for Lyon, France

Perfect 4 Day Itinerary for Lyon, France

October 2019

Perfect 4 Day Itinerary for Lyon, France

Lyon – the Capital of Gastronomy! The second largest city in France was full of culinary greatest and we can validate it is worth every calorie. I knew we would be returning the France as we had such a fantastic trip to Paris and wanted to explore more of of the country. Lyon continued to pop up so we knew there was something special going on there. My birthday trip seemed like the perfect time to work Lyon into our 2019 travel schedule. Ahh fall in Europe – the Lyonnaise cuisine, the Cote du Rhone wine, the streets full of bakery smells filling the crisp air. We fell in love with Lyon as we felt it had the perfect balance of historic preservation and modern living style. Every meal was exceptional, pinching ourselves that this place exists. With many activities in and around the city, Lyon made for a perfect getaway.

Know before you go

Learning basic french will take you a long way with the locals- simple hello, goodbye, thank you, please, do you speak English?, will afford you all the kindness that locals have to offer. That being said, we also had no problem finding English speakers. The city is very walkable and this is the best way to explore the city. Make sure if you have a credit card with no foreign transaction fee – highly recommend getting one if not – that will be fine for your trip. You can also take out euros to use.

Where to stay?

There are three distinct parts of to Lyon – the “old city” (Vieux Lyon) on the left of the Saone River, the part of Lyon on the right side of the Rhone River, then the island in between the Saone and the Rhone Rivers. I decided on staying in the middle island as it was a central location to all the different areas of Lyon. This Airbnb is just a short talk from the main train station and worked perfectly for our trip. 

What is there to do?

Where to eat?

Food is an essential part of the journey through Lyon so do not miss it. The decisions will be tough as there are over 1,500 places for food in the city.

  • You must visit a bouchon for classic dishes – still drooling thinking about that meal!
  • Lunch stop should include L’instant Fromage for all your cheese dreams to come true
  • Want to experience one of the top dining experiences in the world? Make a reservation at Paul Bocuse.
  • We had fantastic meals that were unbelievable creative and delicious at La Boeuf d’Argent and La Mutinerie so I can definitely recommend them as well
  • If you are there over the weekend, do not miss the Saint Antoine Market – it is simply amazing and was inspiring to cook at home

Here was our complete itinerary! 

Activity Food
Tuesday Night Flight to Lyon
Wednesday Morning
Afternoon Checked into Airbnb
Evening Les Bateaux Lyonnais Boat
Night Le Bistrot d’Abel
Thursday Morning Pérouges Galettes
Afternoon Park Tete
Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Les Halles
Evening La Cave Des Voyageurs Paul Bocuse
Friday Morning Lyon Wine Tours – Northern Cote du Rhone Slake Coffee House  
Afternoon Bar a Gourmet
Night La Mutinerie 
Saturday Morning Saint Antoine Market  Puzzle Cafe 

Boulangerie du Palais 

Afternoon La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière L’instant fromage

Aux Merveilleux De Fred 

Evening Fourvière Rooftop Tour
Night La Boeuf d’Argent
Sunday Morning Saint Antoine Market 
Afternoon Flight Home 

Read the full trip details here!

If you have been to Lyon before, let me know what I missed and what your favorites are!

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