L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges is also known as Paul Bocuse after its celebrity chef. This restaurant has won three Michelin stars and most people have to save for months before dining here. It offers the ultimate experience in classic French dining, right from the impeccable service and jaw-dropping decor to the food presentation and complex flavors. The whimsical façade of maroon and green with bronze plaques belies the luxurious decor of the dining room, replete with vintage chandeliers, archways and potted plants. Truffle Soup, Loup en Croûte (crusted sea bass) with lobster mousse, and Rouget Barbet (red mullet) in layers of potato are just a few of the dishes on their extensive menu. Though you may well have to break the bank, a dinner at this riverside restaurant is regarded a must for all self-proclaimed gastronomes.
Located inside a beautiful bourgeois house, Pierre Orsi is one the best restaurants in the city. The dishes are delicious, of a fine quality and are accompanied by some wonderful vintages. It is worth noting that during the week most of the customers are business people. With a menu filled with some great French cuisine, including duck aiguillette and roasted rabbit, diners here are always satisfying. You also get to chose from a great selection of well known French wines.
The Café des Fédérations is truly an institution in Lyon. Frequented by locals, this place is like a meeting point for people of all ages looking for some tasty grub in a laid-back ambiance. Savor the fresh salads and fresh cold Meat: a Lyonnaise specialty! Main courses include local specialties that are sure to please even the most discerning diners. Though a little compact, this homey cafe offers great value for money and a cozy place to chat.
This Lyonnaise restaurant will soon reach its centenary. The secret of its long existence is simply its authenticity. The décor may be sober, but the atmosphere is warm and the food is prepared according to the most strict Lyonnaise traditions and standards. You can find all the local specialties here like saucisson chaud (hot sausage), quenelles or tablier de sapeur (marinated tripe). Among the many Lyonnaise restaurants, this one simply offers you high quality food at a reasonable price.
Bernachon is the gold standard among chocolate artisans in Lyon and indeed all of France. The cocoa beans are selected from among the best varieties in the world and processed in Lyon laboratories with the special care of the best chocolate chefs. They are roasted, grounded and finally blended with the finest dairy products (Isigny cream and Échiré butter) to produce the best chocolate candies. The Palet d'or (fresh cream and dark chocolate) and the Chocolate Truffle are their first specialties. On offer are one thousand one flavors including the Hazelnut Aveline, the Almond Princess, the Pistachio Round or the Mocha Round. Take a seat in the tearoom for a hot drink and enjoy pastries that are as delicious as the chocolate sweets. Orders can be placed by fax and emails too but not on phone.
Something of an institution in Lyon, this cafe has been in existence since 1864: it houses luxurious historical glassware, lush interiors and a brasserie-style menu. You can choose from rice and veal, mussels (when in season), sauerkraut and even filet of wolf! You can eat late in the evening, but during the day people go mostly to drink tea. You can also choose to sit at the terrace during the summer and winter months. A distinguished and serious establishment, the, "Négos", as it's fondly called by locals, is frequented mostly by people who know the cafe. With philosophy evenings every month, it welcomes great thinkers, and it must be said, those who like to show off!
Lyon's Le Musée is a typical bouchon that offers an intimate yet a laid-back setting to relish authentic Lyonnaise recipes like roasted pork, duck pâté and flavorsome sausages. The menu centers around hearty meat preparations soaked in rich dressings and inviting aromas. The décor is quite fuss-free, with neatly laid out tables draped with checkered tablecloths offering a quaint and a casual milieu. Along with the legendary Lyonnaise pork, Le Musée also serves up those toothsome trotters, foie de veau persillé and brawn salad.
Located in pleasant and unpretentious surroundings, Café Perl offers plentiful, classic dishes throughout the day. Choose from a mouthwatering range of omelets, salads and pastas or take your pick from their delicious meat and fish dishes that vary on a daily basis. Sip on exotic teas from Kenya, Java and all around the world or indulge in a steaming cup of delicious coffee. Their unique cocktails transport you to another world altogether. Because it is a café, you can just as easily go and enjoy a drink on the shaded terrace or under the veranda. It has that simple, relaxed feel of an Italian café.
Paul Bocuse and his associates have put their suitcases down in this ancestral brasserie to give it a new look. The updated ambience is warm, with red and green walls and wood trim throughout. The menu includes royal sauerkrauts, seafood and other skewered dishes. The cuisine is more refined than is usually offered in a brasserie, there are private rooms for between 5-60 people.
The owners and wait staff at La Meunière treat all their guests like old friends popping in to say hello. The friendly service and the wide variety of prix-fixe menus enable diners to choose their preference in price and cuisine. Some menu staples at this popular eatery are sausage, crayfish and veal/lamb salads. Come in with an appetite and you will definitely leave happy and with a better knowledge of traditional French cuisine.