Le Village des Créateurs, nestled on the slopes of the Croix-Rousse, is organized around a large traboule (a type of passageway particular to Lyon) that has been completely renovated called the Passage Thiaffait. The association provides backing (press relations, guidance, mentoring and so on) during a 23-month period for 10 new designers to help them start off. Their creations can be found in the workshop-boutiques of the Passage Thiaffait and in Le Tube à Essai, a boutique managed by students of the Université de la Mode. The 40 young businesses sustained by the Village des Créateurs offer collections in a variety of domains: clothing, textile creation and design, leather goods, fashion accessories, jewelry: everything to dress yourself up with style and originality. Check website for more details.
Since the 16th Century, Lyon has been the city of silk. The Atelier de Soierie demonstrates and allows one to appreciate how squares of silk are colored in typical Lyonnaise fashion. Visitors can actually see a demonstration of how products are made. On display here are Duffy Palmes, Cornets, Fragments Persans and Herade. There is a shop where you can buy cravats, shawls, silk squares, scarfs and more.
Between 1831 and 1848, the canuts (Lyonnaise fabric weavers) revolted to improve their living and working conditions. In following the evolution of weaving techniques, this museum traces the history and evolution of what has become a Lyonnaise symbol. The exhibition covers the evolution of weaving technique and, of course, the technique of making Jacquard, which allowed them to produce five times more per day. The shop offers a vast selection of squares, scarves, neckerchiefs, ties, 100% natural silk articles—all made in the pure canut tradition.
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.
The modern, high tech Centre Commercial de la Part-Dieu is a gigantic shopping center where you will find absolutely everything you need or a good place to hang around. From clothing to accessories, from shoes to leather goods or beauty products, women, men and kids can be fully attired from head to toe. Besides individual stores, you will also find a huge departmental store, Galeries Lafayette. Home furnishing or decorating stores are located in the mall as well as bookstores, music stores, sporting goods stores, toy stores or computer stores. In addition to the Carrefour supermarket, you can go to specialty stores like caterers, butchers, bakeries and shop for delicacies like chocolate, ice cream, teas and coffees. For your entertainment, a huge cinema has been built in the mall at the same time as restaurants, bars and a bowling. The free parking lot has around 4200 places available.
Founded in 1973 by a visionary lady long before the graphic novel breakout, Experience is literally a temple of everything comics and graphic novel-related! The store carries every new mainstream release as well as an impressive selection of independent titles and hard-to-find small editions, both French and international. In addition to that, the dynamic Experience staff publishes its own titles and creates stunning silk screening posters and book covers through their Made in Experience workshop. The store also sells related trinkets and memorabilia and hosts regular book signings and art shows showcasing young graphic artists. A truly not-to-be-missed visit for the bande dessinée enthusiasts!
Charcuterie Bonnard is highly reputed for the large choice of specilaties of charcuerie it offers. Among delicacies from Lyons, you'll find the famous Rosette salami, the Cervelas salami, the special sausages, the Jesus and Quenelles.
Princesse Tam-Tam is where young ladies go to get original and modern underwear at reasonable prices. Selections come in various colors and shapes. From soft lace to plant or fruit patterned ensembles, every pieces will emphasize your fresh and happy look. Besides lingerie, you'll also find fascinating night clothing, robes and swim wear in unique textures and materials. The swimsuits are exquisite and come in pastel or bright colors. Check their website for more details.
Sugar store presents high quality clothing made in the pure tradition of French savour-faire from Provence. The brand addresses women who want to be beautiful while remaining simple and authentic. The collections are made from natural fabrics (cotton, linen, leather, etc.) and appear in neutral colours. Don't miss the accessories like the hats, the bags or the leather belts.
Whether you're looking to shop for your daily groceries, or looking for gourmet and specialty items, Monoprix has a good variety of products to choose from. This popular French brand is a household name in France, best known for it's convenient locations and timings. This branch is located in the heart of Lyon at the Place de la Republique. An essential address for your everyday needs, Monoprix has everything from groceries to household goods and electronics under one roof.
A busy store located near the central Terreaux neighborhood, Wall Street has rapidly become Lyon's leading store for everything skateboard-related! Not only does the place sell the latest decks, wheels, shoes and street wear products of the most famous skate brands, it also provides endorsement for the new and upcoming generation of young skateboaders from Lyon with their own house brand! The young and friendly staff of Wall Street are skaters themselves and will be able to give good advice and any information about gear, skate spots or events such as contests. And just like any good skate brand, Wall Street makes its own videos showcasing the best local skateboarders, which you can get at the store.