The city centre, the best area to stay in Lyon
Lyon’s city centre, known as Presqu'île, offers elements of history, culture, restaurants, shopping, and authentic character making it the best place to stay in town. This neighbourhood is a strip of land between the Rhône and Saône rivers. Lyon is split into nine arrondissements (numbered neighbourhoods) - Presqu'île lies between the 2nd and 5th arrondissements. This area is serviced by metro stations Bellecour and Hotel de Ville.The historical city centre of Lyon, known as Saint Jean, is a short walk across the bridge of the Saône in the 5th arrondissement. On the opposite side of the Presqu'île peninsula, in the 2nd arrondissement, lies the Les Berges du Rhone, a 5km pathway along the banks of the Rhone River. Les Berges du Rhone is the perfect place for a scenic stroll.
The city centre gives prime access to Saint Jean Cathedral, the Gadagne Museum, Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Place Bellecour, the city aquarium, Place des Jacobins, and the Lyon Cathedral. This neighbourhood is also an ideal spot for shopping, with luxury designers, boutiques, and the famous Printemps French department store. For restaurants, Rue Mercière and Rue des Marronniers offer numerous traditional options. The nearby area of Le Vieux Lyon offers picturesque and quaint French scenes, complete with narrow streets, boulangeries and bouchon restaurants.
Other neighbourhoods to stay in Lyon
The 3rd Arrondissement
The 3rd Arrondissement is a lovely alternative area to stay in Lyon if you want to live like the locals. This neighbourhood borders the Rhone River, which is anchored with boats and barges housing bars, cafes, and little shops. The nightlife is alive and buzzing along the Rhone.
You will also find, La Part Dieu, a major indoor shopping centre situated across from the La Part Dieu traIn station, with stores from international brands. Foodie paradise may be found at Les Halles de Lyon a food market featuring unique and tasty items from top local producers and chefs. The north end of this neighbourhood borders Parc de la Tête d'or, an expansive lovely 19th century garden.
The 1st Arrondissement
The 1st Arrondissement is also a nice area to stay. Located just north of the city centre on the Presqu'ile peninsula, the 1st Arrondissement holds the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts and Opéra Nouvel. You will also find Passage Thiaffait, a historical traboule (hidden alleyway), for beautiful shops and cafes. This area, often referred to as Terreaux, is serviced by Hotel de Ville and Croix-Paquet metro stations.