Lyon has always been known for the great food, the great chefs and a great culinary tradition. The Pope of French Cuisine, Paul Bocuse, is from here. His restaurant has three michelin stars and is a little bit expensive, but the city has a great food scene, with restaurants and shops for all budgets. One of the best sites to find great restaurants is the website of the Michelin guide. Obviously, the starred restaurants are not always in everybody’s price range, but you can search for the restaurants with the Bib Gourmand. These are restaurants that have ‘normal’ prices, but still well worth checking out. The website also offers lunch and dinner deals.
These are, according to us, some of the best places to get food in Lyon.
We love this produce market. Go on saturday or sunday when the market is very lively and there are a lot of stands. Probably the best market in Lyon.
The market on Croix-Rousse hill is also very nice. A great place to taste some funny looking French cheeses or sausages. When you stay in the area it's a nice place to visit.
Named after famous chef Paul Bocuse, this is an upscale market. Here you will find only the very best ingredients and wines. Many great restaurants get their food here. Don't miss the enormous fresco of Paul Bocuse outside on Cours Lafayette.
This butcher and traiteur is a Lyonnais classic. This is the place to get the best saucisson cuit, cooked sausage and rosette. However, it's a bit expensive...
This patisserie is lovely. It's located in Vieux Lyon and it's a perfect place to try the Brioche a Praline or just get a perfect Pain au Chocolat.
The Bouchon are the traditional restaurants in Lyon. The following ones are great. Come with an empty stomach!
One of the best Bouchon in Lyon. The Patron comes to your table to explain all the food to you. It's a great experience and great food.
This bouchon really excellent. I ate really well here. It is quite well known, so call ahead. Great food and a family-like atmosphere.
This place serves slow food, not fast food. The quality of food is excellent, but sometimes it takes a while to arrive. It is all freshly made and you won't mind waiting in this charming place.
Many of the bouchon in the heart of Vieux Lyon are not the best, but this one is a nice exception. The whole place is chicken themed. If you are looking for an affordable meal in the heart of Vieux Lyon, this is your best bet.
Around Place Bellecour, you find the restaurant street Rue des Marroniers. Not all bouchon are great, but at Chez Mouniers you can get a decent meal for a very decent price (especially around midday).
Located in the heart of Presqu'île, this is a lovely bouchon, with a great ambiance. Great quality for the price.
This is my new favorite bouchon. These guys do a modern version of the old bouchon food and it is amazing. Make sure to reserve for dinner, but at lunch you might find a table by just showing up.