Restaurants

Known as the gastronomy capital of the world (yes, the world), Lyon has more than enough restaurants to never eat at the same one in the same year. Here are some of my favorites in and around Lyon:

Lyon

Les Ateliers de Marinette: simple food in a super cool vintage surrounding.

L’Auberge de l’Île: two-star Michelin restaurant located on a small island where the chef greets you at the door and women aren’t given a menu with the prices (love!).

Balthaz’Art: a charming little restaurant on the Croix-Rousse plateau (formerly the headquarters for the French Communist Party) serves beautiful dishes with well-chosen wines.

Bernachon: hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day with the prefect French pastry – we say oui! Some of the best pastries/chocolate in Lyon where you’ll find the ladies of the 6eme arrondissement chatting about the day’s events or toting their children for goûter (snack) after school.

Le Café Comptoir Abel: the most authentic bistro in Lyon. If you are looking to try the famous Lyon quenelle this is the place.

Fuxia Ristorante: an Italian chain restaurant – good food, moderately priced, nice ambiance.

Jour de Marché: after 12 years running their restaurant in Chicago, this husband and wife team is back in Lyon creating delicious dishes made with fresh/seasonal products.

Restaurant Thomas: one of the culinary kings of Lyon with four dining establishments on one block.  My favorite is the Cafe for an apéritif dinatoire with friends.

Le Saint Cochon: the French have a saying they live by: “tout est bon dans le cochon,” cochon being pork. This restaurant is the mecca of all things pork, so if you’re looking to try boudin (blood sausage) or perhaps the famous andouille, i.e. tripes then this is your place.

Vieille Canaille: my resto du quartier (7eme), serving authentic French dishes in a cozy environment.

Zinc Zinc: touristic however great if you are with those that would rather eat a steak then le cochon.

Beaujolais

L’Atelier du Cuisinier: main restaurant in the heart of Villié-Morgon with the best œufs en meurette I’ve had in France.

Chasselay

Guy Lassausaie: another two-star Michelin restaurant with a strong family background in the region (fourth generation). Serving classic French cuisine in an elegant and contemporary setting.

Paris

L’As du Fallafel: oye vey, the best fallafel ever…don’t walk, run there!

Bistro Poulbot: an authentic Parisian bistro serving fresh and in season market cuisine and one of the best meals I’ve had in France so far.

L’Estaminet: a charming bistro from the 40s serving French comfort food, the only thing missing is Edith Piaf’s singing.

Glou: trendy restaurant set in a loft-like room where pedigreed and organic ingredients rule the menu.

Roanne

Maison TroisGros: three-star Michelin restaurant and one of the best restaurants in the world, this culinary temple doesn’t disappoint. We tried to guess the ingredients of a tuile and when we asked it was simply just made from the juice of a sea-scallop – insanity!

Vichy

Brasserie du Casino: in business since 1921, with its original decor in place, this is the leading brasserie in Vichy, a preferred stop for actors and musicians visiting from Paris to perform at one of the local theaters. Top notch cuisine with service to match.

Pyl-Pyl: contemporary cuisine in a modern setting situated just next to the Vichy train station. Try their mojito – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic were delicious and refreshing after a long day walking around Vichy.

Empire Cafe: a cute cafe serving tea, lunch, dinner, brunch on Sunday and snacks all homemade.

Lapin: a wine bistro serving small plates.

L’etna: modern Italian cuisine with more than 130 different varieties of Italian wine.

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