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Centuries ago, members of the Roman army were tasked with establishing new settlements all throughout ancient Europe. In 43 BCE, the settlement of Lugdunum was founded by the legendary soldier turned senator Lucius Munatius Plancus. The Romans maintained control of Lugdunum for many years. In fact, it wasn’t until the 14th century that the French gained control of the city and renamed it Lyon. Rather than shy away from that past, the citizens of Lyon chose to embrace their city’s ancient ties with the Roman Empire. As a result, many ancient Roman forums, temples, and artifacts can still be found in modern-day Lyon.
Indeed, Lyon is a city that embraces the past, the present, and the future in equal measure. Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the myriad of historic sites that dot Lyon’s landscape. Lyon is also famous for its numerous annual festivals – with the Fête des Lumières being one of the most popular. In fact, Lyon is often called the “Capital of Light.”
Lyon is also considered the “Gastronomy Capital of the World” because of how important food is to the city’s culture. Between traditional French dishes and exquisite ethnic entrees, Lyon’s cuisine won’t leave you disappointed. There’s plenty to do, and even more to eat, in Lyon. The less luggage you have to haul around, the better. That’s why you should use Bounce to store your things.
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Fashion, art, and fine dining are perhaps the three things that France is most famous for. Lyon offers all of those things in spades – perhaps that’s why the city is so popular! Whether you’re a foodie who’s looking to experience some of France’s greatest restaurants, or if you’re a die-hard fashionista, Lyon has something for everyone!
There’s no shortage of astonishing museums, inspiring cultural exhibits, and cutting edge science centers in Lyon. When you visit the Capital of Lights, we recommend checking out the following venues:
Musée des Confluences: This contemporary art center is located on 86 Quai Perrache. Everything from science conferences to concerts are held here. Really, the most fascinating thing about the Musée des Confluences is that something new is always going on.
Textile Museum: Word on the street is that the Textile Museum owns the first textile collection in known history. Head to 34 rue de la Charité and experience more than 2000 years of history for yourself.
Musée Gadagne: You can learn quite a bit about Lyon’s history by visiting the Musée Gadagne. It’s located at 1 Place du Petit Collège, right in the middle of the Vieux Lyon district.
Lyon’s shopping centers are just as diverse and varied as the rest of the city. You’ll find plenty of familiar brands in Lyon’s shopping districts, as well as retailers that can only be found in France. To get the most bang for your buck, check you the following shopping centers:
Grand Hôtel Dieu: This massive shopping center is a haven for all things high fashion. The Grand Hôtel Dieu is loaded with boutiques, book stores, jewelry shops – the whole 9 yards. You can find it at 1 Place de l'Hôpital.
Part-Dieu Shopping Centre: This indoor mall is one of the largest shopping centers in all of France. The Part-Dieu Shopping Centre is five stories tall – that’s five stories of premium brands and delicious eateries. Stop by 17 Rue Dr Bouchut and check out the Part-Dieu Shopping Centre.
Confluences Shopping Centre: This high-quality shopping mall is another standout. After all, not every shopping center has a restaurant terrace on its roof, or allows visitors to stop by via boat! The Confluences Shopping Centre can be found on 112 Cours Charlemagne.
Alright, now we can really get into the meat of what Lyon has to offer. The Capital of Gastronomy has every kind of dish you could think of. Traditional French cuisines, Asian food, Southeast Asian food, Mediterranean food – you name it, Lyon has it. The following are three of our favorite restaurants in Lyon:
Le Neuvieme Art: This gourmet restaurant regularly receives 5-star reviews from professional food critics and casual patrons alike. The Duck foie gras may be Le Neuvieme Art’s single most popular dish. Make your way to 173 Rue Cuvier to try it for yourself.
Mediterranean Dishes: If you’re in the mood for shawarma, hummus, lamb, or any other classic Medirrenaean dishes, Lyon won’t disappoint you. Epicurius is one of Lyon’s most popular Mediterranean restaurants. It’s located on 5 Rue Longue.
Bistrot Orcia: Come for the food, stay for the wine. Bistrot Orcia is a great restaurant that’s moderately priced, offers all sorts of dishes, and is vegetarian friendly. You can find this well-reviewed restaurant on 15 Rue d'Austerlitz.
France has an exceptionally low crime rate overall. The same applies to Lyon. Very few physical crimes are typically reported each year. When those sorts of reports are made, however, Lyon’s dedicated police force will act quickly and carefully. A prime example of this was the 2019 bombing that occurred in Lyon on May 24th of that year. Lyon’s local authorities teamed up with Interpol to investigate the situation, then quickly arrest several prime suspects. Ultimately, 14 civilians were injured, but none were killed thanks to the actions of Lyon’s local authorities and healthcare workers.
When you visit Lyon, you can expect to have a safe, fun, and enlightening trip. Thanks to Lyon’s local authorities, it isn’t very likely that you’ll encounter physical crime directly or indirectly. In recent years, Lyon has experienced more homicides and gun-related deaths than usual. However, those events are far and few between, with Lyon’s gun death rate purportedly tolling in at 2.83 for every 100,000 residents. If visitors need to be wary of anything, it’s property-related crime. Tourists may be targeted by pickpockets and thieves if they aren’t aware of their surroundings and don’t keep a close eye on their belongings. Bounce can help lighten your load and give you peace of mind during your trip to Lyon.
“What’s the best way to get around Lyon?”
Walking and utilizing Lyon’s excellent public transportation system are the best ways to get around the city. Lyon offers plenty of buses, trains, subways, trams, trolleys, and ferries to help commuters travel quickly and safely.
“Is public transportation in Lyon safe?”
Lyon’s public transportation system is much safer than most cities with similar population sizes. Commuters rarely report robberies, burglaries, muggings, or any other kind of physical crime.
“What’s the best neighborhood to stay in Lyon?”
Presqu'île is one of the best neighborhoods to stay in while visiting Lyon. This district’s name means “peninsula” in English – an apt name, considering that Presqu'île is comfortably nestled between the Saone and Rhone rivers.
“What are the best museums to visit in Lyon?”
Lyon has a slew of unique and extremely popular museums. The Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, the Museum of Cinema Miniature, and the Lugdunum come to mind. These three venues are must-sees for anyone new to Lyon.
“What’s the best time of year to visit Lyon?”
Right around September, October, and November are good times to visit. Lyon will be much less crowded during the fall, especially compared to the summer or spring.
How much does luggage storage cost in Lyon?
The price for luggage storage in Lyon is just €5.00/bag for the entire day.
Where are there luggage storage locations in Lyon?
There are multiple locations all around Lyon which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Historic Site of Lyons, Bellecour Square, Lyon Cathedral and many other areas.
Is it safe to store your bags in Lyon?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $5,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Lyon.
Are there storage lockers in Lyon?
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Lyon. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Lyon where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $5,000 Bounce Gurantee.
Where are the best places to stay and eat while in Lyon?
The most popular restaurants to visit are Chez Mounier Restaurant, Restaurant Le Musée, and La Mère Brazier. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Lyon are Hotel, Valpré, and B&b Hôtel Lyon Centre Gambetta.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Lyon?
Lyon offers several scenic parks including Jardins du Rosaire, Parc des Étangs de Mathan, and Parc du Fort de Meyzieu.
Where can I find tourist information and guideposts in Lyon?
You can find local tourist information at L'Anneau Bleu, Le déversoir d'Herbens, and Le Barrage de Jonage.
What are the best museums and historical attractions in Lyon?
If you're looking for a good museum in Lyon, we recommend Fourvière Archaeological Park, La Confluence, and Museum of Miniature and Cinema. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Lyon's most popular historical attractions including Historic Site of Lyons, Lyon Cathedral, or Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and monuments like Le Fortin, Horloge monumentale, or Statue de la Vierge Dorée. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, Basilique funéraire Saint-Laurent de Choulans, or Prétendu Sanctuaire de Cybèle.
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