Lyon – A Curation of What to Do

Combining culture, architecture, cuisine and fabulous shopping, Lyon certainly earns its place as one of France’s leading cities and most popular vacation spots. This fabulous urban sprawl tempts many luxury travelers to explore its offerings, so here we look at a few of the very best sights that Lyon has to offer.

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Vieux Lyon

Any visit to Lyon must begin in Vieux Lyon, one of the largest Renaissance neighborhoods in Europe. The winding streets and covered passageways, originally used by silk-weavers to transport their goods, have a delightful charm, while boutique stores, jewelry makers and hidden restaurants make exploring this area a surprised-filled adventure.

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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Lyon Cathedral

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is one of Lyon’s most impressive landmarks and is not to be missed. Try to time your visit in order to hear the Basilica’s renowned choir, which shot to fame, thanks to the film Les Choristes.

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While touring stunning buildings, be sure to take in the gothic 15th century Lyon Cathedral as well, taking particular note of its beautiful and intricate stained glass windows.

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Bec de Jazz

For those who prefer to do their sight-seeing sitting down, the luxury lifestyle of Lyon is best enjoyed at Bec de Jazz. Half bar and half concert venue, Bec de Jazz woos patrons with its hedonistic mixture of drinks, art and late night piano music from pianist Chango Dei. Arrive well after midnight to experience the venue once the night is in full swing.

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Ancient Theatre of Fourvière

The Ancient Theatre of Fourvière is a spectacularly well preserved Roman amphitheater, which still hosts cultural events, including the fabulous Nuits de Fourvière festival, packed with music, dancing and theatrical performances. Join in the revelry and lose yourself in this magical venue, which has been entertaining guests for thousands of years.

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A bucket list item for those who like chocolate, Chokola is an upscale shop for true chocolate connoisseurs. Here chocolate making is celebrated in all its glory, with a liquid chocolate wall greeting all those who enter and flooding the senses with chocolatey goodness. Be sure to pick up twice as many gifts as you think you need, as you’re sure to eat a few yourself before you make it back home after your travels!

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Louise Taylor

Louise is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. She loves visiting new places and has a particular interest in exploring local cuisine wherever she travels. Louise has lived in the UK and Portugal and is currently considering where to base her next adventure. Follow her travels at