top of page

Discovering Lyon for the week-end

Welcome to Lyon! Are you here for the weekend? Not sure where to start? Looking for ideas on how to spend a weekend in Lyon? Then this article is for you!

First of all, you must know that to travel to Lyon from another French or European city, you have several options. The first one: go by bus 🚌 or by train 🚆. Spiky recommends using Trainline, which will help you access more afordable prices than the SNCF ! Second option : carpooling, for which you can use Blablacar.

Hotels 🏨 in major French cities are becoming increasingly expensive. If you're looking for a cheap place to stay, we recommend Alter'Hostel. It's well located, 15-minutes away from the Pentes de la Croix-Rousse, and a night costs around 50€ per person. If you have a bigger budget, we suggest Mama Shelter. A night there will cost you around 100€.

Friday evening :

Enjoy a delicious burger 🍔 at Ninkasi Guillotière, with a beer 🍺 brewed in Lyon!

📌 2 Place Antonin Jutard, 69003 Lyon

🚇 Metro D - Guillotière

🕒 Open from 11am to 11pm

© Lyon Tourisme

After this tasty stop, cross the Pont de la Guillotière 🌉 to reach the Grand Hôtel-Dieu. We recommend you visit its various inner courtyards!

📌 1 Place de l'Hôpital, 69002 Lyon

🚇 Metro A / D - Bellecour

🕒 Open from 7:30am to 1am

© Dmitry Dzhus

Just a 5-minute walk away, you'll find the Place des Jacobins and its fountain ⛲

🚇 Metro A - Cordeliers

© Le Petit Paumé

If you go down rue Emile Zola, you'll come across Place Bellecour. It's the largest pedestrian square in Europe! From this square, you can see the Basilique de Fourvière ⛪ at the top of the hill with the same name.

🚇 Metro A / D - Bellecour

© Visite Lyon

Saturday morning :

What better way to start your weekend in Lyon than to visit the iconic Basilique de Fourvière? You'll be able to take a look at the city 🏙️ and, if you're lucky, catch a glimpse of the Alps 🗻 and the Mont-Blanc!

📌 8 Place de Fourvière, 69005 Lyon

🚇 Funicular F2 - Fourvière

🕒 Open from 7am to 8pm

© Lyon Secret

The Jardin des Curiosités 🌳 offers another breathtaking view of Lyon. You can get there in 15 minutes on foot from the Basilica, via the Gallo-Roman Theatre.

📌 8 Place de l'Abbé Larue, 69005 Lyon

🚇 Funicular F1 - Saint Just

🕒 Open from 8am to 10pm

© Blog in Lyon

You can then walk back down the hill, or take the funicular 🚃 to Vieux-Lyon. From here, it's time to discover the Traboules of Vieux-Lyon. These are narrow passages running through buildings. There are over 215 of them in the district! We've created a route here, but you're free to discover others on your own!

🚇 Metro D - Vieux Lyon

© Le Petit Paumé

Saturday lunchtime :

We recommend the Wallace Bar : it's the perfect place for a substantial brunch 🍽️ at an affordable price!

📌 2 Rue Octavio Mey, 69005 Lyon

🚇 Metro D - Vieux Lyon

🕒 Open from 11am to 12:30am

© Lyon Tourisme

Saturday afternoon :

Explore the Jardin des Chartreux 🌳: this time you'll have a view of the Saône banks and the Basilique de Fourvière.

📌 36 Cours Général Giraud, 69001 Lyon

🚇 Metro C - Croix Rousse

© Bonjour Lyon

Crossing part of the Plateau de la Croix-Rousse, you'll find the Pralus Croix-Rousse shop. This shop specialises in making chocolate 🍫 and a Lyon speciality, praluline! It's a brioche 🍞 with sprinkles of pink praline.

📌 3 Grande Rue de la Croix-Rousse, 69004 Lyon

🚇 Metro C - Croix Rousse

🕒 Open from 9am to 7pm

© Adok Immobilier

Take a break : it's goûter time! Sit down next to the Gros Caillou 🪨, facing the city, to enjoy your praluline. You can also sit a little further down on Place Bellevue.

🚇 Metro C - Croix Rousse

© Pymouss

To get back down the Croix-Rousse hill ⛰️, we recommend taking the Traboules of Croix-Rousse (similar to those in Vieux-Lyon)! Here you'll find a small selection of traboules.

🚇 Metro C - Croix Paquet

© Grains de Sel

Saturday evening :

After this little stroll, it's time for a drink 🍸 on the rooftop of the Opéra de Lyon, at the bar Les Muses.

📌 1 Place de la Comédie, 69001 Lyon

🚇 Metro A / C - Hôtel de Ville

🕒 Open from 6pm to 11:30pm

© Lyon Secret

Want to eat 🍽️ some quality street food in the area? You'll find what you're looking for in Les Pentes de la Croix-Rousse! We recommend Le Tandoori 🌯 for a naan cheese sandwich, Tacos World 🌮 to have a taste of Lyon's famous tacos, and CHËF 🥙 for the best kebab in Lyon!

Le Tandoori

📌 7 Rue Sainte-Marie-des-Terreaux, 69001 Lyon

🚇 Metro A / C - Hôtel de Ville

🕒 Open from 12pm to 2am

Tacos World

📌 8 Rue Sainte-Marie-des-Terreaux, 69001 Lyon

🚇 Metro A / C - Hôtel de Ville

🕒 Open from 11am to 4am


📌 10 Rue Terme, 69001 Lyon

🚇 Metro A / C - Hôtel de Ville

🕒 Open from 11:30am to 2:30pm, then from 6:30pm to 10:30pm

As for early evening, it's the perfect time to take a stroll along the Saône banks, one of Lyon's two rivers. Many of Lyon's locals gather here to start their Saturday night 🌃

© Le Bonbon

Sunday morning :

How can you miss the Halles Paul Bocuse? They are home to food shops selling regional products, as well as bars and restaurants typical of Lyon. It's a must-see 👀

🚇 Metro B - Place Guichard

🕒 Open from 7am to 1pm

© Smart PS

Sunday lunchtime :

Just a 5-minute walk from Les Halles Paul Bocuse, we recommend Messob. It's a very warm and friendly Ethiopian restaurant. If you're not afraid of getting your hands 👐 dirty and you're not too afraid of spices, it's the ideal place for you to have lunch!

📌 85 Rue Masséna, 69006 Lyon

🚇 Metro A - Masséna

🕒 Open from 12pm to 2:30pm then from 7pm to 11pm

© AirZen Radio

Sunday afternoon :

Take a stroll along the paths of the Parc de la Tête d'Or 🌳 and rest under a tree for a nap 💤

🚇 Metro A - Masséna

🕒 Open from 6:30am to 10:30pm

© Biennale de Lyon

We recommend you visit the Museum of Contemporary Art 🎨 to let your mind wander!

📌 81 Quai Charles de Gaulle, 69006 Lyon

🚇 Bus C1 / C4 / C5 - Musée d’Art Contemporain

🕒 Open from 11am to 6pm

💰 Full price : 9€

© Biennale de Lyon

To round off your visit to Lyon, we suggest you walk along the Rhône banks, Lyon's main river. It's the perfect way to end your trip 🏙️

© Altea Experts


bottom of page