France's culinary capital is the greedy gourmand's heaven with an enchanting bustle of bountiful markets, trendy bistros and renowned bouchons – the certified traditional restaurants. Lyon is as dynamic as it is quaintly lethargic. Below the surface you will find hidden courtyards and ‘traboules’ – secret passageways! – lurking behind its opulent facades. Futuristic architecture rises out from its rich Renaissance legacy.
During World War II, Lyon was both a centre for the occupying German forces and a stronghold of the resistance, hence the secret passages!
Lyon has a stirring student population and an engaging cultural calendar, and overall oozes self-possessed conservative chic. Mingle with the locals, and they will teach you a thing or two about ‘Art de Vivre’ – it is all about indulging in simple pleasures at a gracious leisurely pace. Revel in traditional rustic fare or outrageous haute cuisine, take in the elegant scenery with a promenade along the Rhône, and soak in the sun at the Parc de la Tête d'Or.