Going out and visiting Lyon Centre – Perrache

Lyon and its cultural heritage

The capital of Gaul has preserved a magnificent historical heritage and, during visits, it reveals its charms to visitors. Our establishment’s central and privileged location will allow you to discover the different neighbourhoods and unmissable sites of Lyon in complete simplicity. On foot, by bicycle, on Segway, or on the upper deck of a bus: plenty of choice to admire the treasures of the City of Lights according to your wishes!

The Hôtel Alexandra is located on the Presqu’île of Lyon, the heart of the city. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is home to the city’s main monuments, which are laid out along its magnificent Renaissance or Haussmann style streets: a short walk from the Hôtel Alexandra, set out to discover Hôtel-Dieu and its imposing facade, the Théâtre des Célestins and the Opera. Art lovers will be spoilt for choice at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon: a 20-minute walk from the 4-star Hôtel Alexandra4 étoiles, it comprises 70 rooms and offers a major collection of paintings, sculptures, pieces of art and graphic art covering all the periods from Antiquity to the present-day.

Just a few minutes’ walk from our hotel, Place Bellecour is a mythical site which you should take time to discover. The 3rd largest square in France and the largest pedestrianised square in Europe is a must and has a rich past. It is an ideal place for walks where you will be able to discover the equestrian statue of Louis XIV and the Petit Prince and a children’s play area. It is also home to the city’s Tourist Office, a brewery and, in the winter, an ice-skating rink and a Big Wheel. Its central location means that it is a major hub in the city, not far from the City Hall, the Opera and the main streets where you will find luxury stores and traditional restaurants. 

To the north of the Presqu’île, the famous La Croix-Rousse neighbourhood still has signs of its rich past, from the Gallo-Roman period, with the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls, a symbol of the city’s ancient past, and the “canuts” residences (named after the silk workers) dating from the 19th century, a reminder of the city’s industrial past and of the lives of its workers. This neighbourhood-village is characterised by its ”slopes“, its ”traboules” and the “village” atmosphere which reigns up on this plateau, accessible by metro from the Presqu’île. La Croix Rousse is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.

The south of the Presqu’île is characterised by the emergence of the Confluence neighbourhood of offices and residences recognised as an eco-neighbourhood and a sustainable district

Make your way to the Confluences Museum with its modern architecture which blends perfectly into this new neighbourhood. It opened its doors at the end of 2014, at the tip of the Presqu’île, between the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, a few minutes from the Hôtel Alexandra. This natural history museum recounts the story of the Earth, humanity and societies through a vast collection of 2.2 million objects laid out over an area of 22,000 m², from prehistoric times to the modern age.

Also, pay a visit to Vieux-Lyon, at the foot of the Fourvière Hill. There, you will find an impressive collection of historical and architectural heritage, marked by a Renaissance style and a fragrance of Italy. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and brings together many buildings which are well worth a visit: the Maison de Guignol, Saint-Georges Church, Saint-Jean Cathedral, the Tour Rose and its courtyard. Gourmets will also find many “bouchons” of Lyon there, where it is possible to sample the local gastronomy!

Further information

Programme of events in Lyon

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Discover the gastronomy of Lyon

Lyon is considered to be one of the world capitals of gastronomy. Paul Bocuse, a 3-star Michelin Chef since 1965 and named Chef of the 20th century by Gault et Millau in 1989, manages several establishments in the city where he learned his trade. Lyon is home to many Michelin star restaurants managed by leading French Chefs, a sign of the city's culinary dynamism.

Take a seat at one of the many "bouchons" of Lyon: traditional restaurants which serve local specialities in a simple, warm and welcoming atmosphere. Be sure to enjoy a meal at one of these typical restaurants and savour the many traditional dishes and immerse yourself in the unique ambience which reigns there. Many pleasures are to be found on the menus: sausage in brioche and pork products, “gratons”, pike quenelles, savoury choux buns, gratins dauphinois and the different cheeses from the region, the best known being Saint-Marcellin. Finish your meal with a touch of sweetness: pogne (brioche), the famous bugnes (doughnuts) and praline tart. Plenty to delight gourmets!

Accompany your culinary experience with wines from the region which are famous around the world: Coteaux-du-Lyonnais, Coteaux du Rhône and the renowned Beaujolais, celebrated every year in the city’s streets and around France, will delight even the greatest gourmets!

We recommend our favourite restaurants =

- Café Comptoir Abel

- Le Comptoir d'Ainay

- Brasserie Georges

- Le Poelon d'Or

- Brasserie Le Sud

- Daniel et Denis

- Mademoiselle Simone

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Tourism itinerary in Lyon

1. Start this itinerary in Place Bellecour, the most beautiful and largest square in Lyon, located a short walk from our hotel. Continue towards Vieux Lyon and Notre Dame de Fourvière which can be seen at the top of the hill. You will be able to complete this trip on foot or take metro D towards Gare de Vaise and alight at Vieux Lyon.

2. Continue the itinerary on foot through Vieux Lyon (see map). Along this pedestrianised street, you can visit some “traboules”, charming small shops, and discover the typical restaurants of Lyon: ”bouchons”. 

3. Once you have arrived in Vieux Lyon, take the funicular (towards Fourvière) at the metro station to the top of Fourvière Hill. After admiring the basilica and the magnificent view over Lyon, take the funicular back down to Vieux Lyon.

4. Once you have finished visiting the old town, go to Quai Fulchiron on the River Saône (see map). Continue to the Palais de Justice. After admiring this impressive building, cross the River Saône via the Passerelle du Palais de Justice.

5. Continue on foot towards Place des Jacobins via Rue du Port du Temple at the end of which you will find a large fountain. Then, continue left along Rue du Président Edouard Herriot, a shopping street where you will find all sorts of stores.

6. Continue to Place des Terreaux, where you will find the City Hall, one of the most imposing historical buildings in the city. 

7. Once you have finished admiring this building, take Rue Joseph Serlin on the right of the City Hall and make your way to Lyon Opera. Then, continue your itinerary along Rue de la République, where you will also find all sorts of stores, and return to Place Bellecour. 

We hope that you enjoyed this itinerary!

 

For a more complete itinerary, here are the instructions (for good walkers):

8. At Lyon Opera, cross Place Louis Pradel and continue along Quai André Lassagne. Once there, cross the River Rhône via Pont Morand bridge and then turn left. Follow the riverside straight ahead to Parc de la Tête d’Or.

9. After visiting the park, return to Bellecour along the banks of the River Rhône and, if you wish, take a short break on one of the barges and enjoy a refreshing drink. Once you have reached Cours Gambetta, cross the bridge and continue straight ahead. You are back at Place Bellecour. 

We hope that you also enjoyed this more complete itinerary!