France’s 3rd largest city and capital of the Rhone-Alpes region, Lyon is also known for being France’s gastronomic capital, boasting some 2000 restaurants and plenty of Michelin stars. Many would call Lyon the true France, where food, culture, wine, and people come together as a way of life authentically. Luckily for me, this foodie heaven is barely a 2 hour drive from Geneva where I’m often times based, and often find myself starving due to the sky high cost of living. Here are a few of my favorite coffee shops and restaurants:
I love researching and finding the best coffee shops in the cities I travel to. The two I chose to visit on this trip were Oslow and Puzzle Café as both had great recommendations online and on blogs. Both seem very Scandinavian inspired with wooden tables, wooden accents, and minimalistic designs. And of course the coffee was excellent!
#1 Oslow Coffee Shop, Lyon
#2 Puzzle Cafe Coffee Shop, Lyon
I chose 3 restaurants to dine at during my short stay: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, Diploid, and Le Plato.
#1 Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort is a romantic restaurant offering traditional gourmet French cuisine in an ornately decorated Baroque-inspired ambience. I read on a blog that you can’t visit Lyon and not eat here because it’s such a classic, but to be honest, I wasn’t too impressed. The food was creatively presented and tasty, but I felt it was a tad overpriced and nothing spectacular.
Diploid is a vegetarian organic restaurant that could very well have been situated in Los Angeles. They were on trend with their vegan gluten free desserts, activated charcoal lattes and avocado toasts. They have a beautiful Mykonos-inspired interior and a spacious outdoor patio on a relatively quiet street. I had the couscous salad and rhubarb dessert which I highly recommend.
#3 Le Plato
Le Plato is another gourmet French restaurant that I booked on LaFourchette with a 30% discount because they had great reviews. The interior is sophisticated and modern and their dishes sound like ‘Veal steak of grilled Aveyron, parmesan juice and tomatoes confit’ and ‘Rouelles of farm chicken legs stuffed with snails and foie gras, vegetable herb emulsion.’ If you’re traveling around France I highly recommend booking some of your restaurants through LaFourchette to save money.
Overall, I found Lyon to be a beautiful, picturesque city with amazing cuisine, culture, and architecture to offer. You should definitely visit! The city is very walkable, especially the Old Town area, and has a metro system to get you from one arrondissement to another fast. Please go and explore!
Written By: Andrea Lee, @organicbeautylover