France // The Rhône valley //

Eating and drinking


Few cities anywhere in Europe, let alone France, can rival Lyon for the quality of its food, and at any given time there are typically more than a dozen restaurants with one or more Michelin stars. However, while these temples of gastronomy continue to raise standards, the humble bouchon remains as popular as ever, and really is an experience not to be missed – note that some of the more upscale restaurants are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, with other closing on Mondays. More surprisingly, Lyon doesn’t have a particularly strong café culture, though there are plenty of places to sip an espresso on place des Terreaux and the streets of Vieux Lyon.

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