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Food Lover's Guide to Lyon

Food Lover's Guide to Lyon

As the long-reigning gastronomic capital of France, Lyon will satisfy even the most difficult-to-please foodies. The proud home of world-renowned chef Paul Bocuse and the Méres Lyonnaises (the Mothers of Lyon), Lyon’s restaurants boast an impressive 24 Michelin stars between them. Here are your options for unforgettable Lyon food experiences.

Must-Try Dishes

Celebrated for its abundance of fresh, regional produce and time-honored recipes, Lyon’s menus are vast and varied. Enjoyfresh fish and seafoodsourced from the Rhône and Saône Rivers; delicious meats such asCharolais beef,Bresse chicken,Jésus de Lyon cured ham, androsette pork sausage; andwinesfrom the nearby Beaujolais, Burgundy, and Rhône Valley wine regions.

Popular dishes to look out for includequenelles de brochet***(meat or fish dumplings in a cheese sauce),gâteau de foies de volaille(chicken liver cake),salade Lyonnaise(served with croutons, diced bacon, and a fried egg), or classiccoq au vin***(braised chicken in red wine) made with localBurgundy wine. Finish it off with local cheeses such asSaint-MarcellinorCervelle de Canut**, a slice oftarte aux pralines***(praline tart), a plate ofbugnes*(fried donuts), or delicious***poires à la Beaujolaise***(pears poached in red wine).

Must-Do Experiences

  • Feast on Lyonnais specialties on a walking tour of the legendary Paul Bocuse Food Hall (Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse) with an epicurean guide.

  • Explore the foodie hot spots of Lyon’s atmospheric Croix Rousse neighborhood on a small-group tour including food and wine tasting.

  • Zip around the UNESCO World Heritage–listed monuments of Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon) on an electric bike, stopping to sample Lyonnais delicacies along the way.

  • Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide on a private tour of Beaujolais wine country and the Dombes lake region.

  • Tuck into traditional cuisine accompanied by Côte de Rhône wines at one of Lyon’s historicbouchons (a pub or bistro dating back to the 19th century).

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