10 Things to eat in Lyon and where

Gastronomic capital of France, Lyon presents a culinary tradition in which the flavors of a poor cuisine and typical of the working classes are combined with the complexity of a high-ranking bourgeois cuisine. To these two trends, we must then add a pinch of Italian spiritNot everyone knows in fact that in the th century Caterina de 'Medici, married to the French king, Henry II, had some Italian cooks called to court asking them to use their skills to skillfully blend the culinary traditions of the two countries.
Today, the best places to taste typical Lyonnais dishes are the bouchons, the old inns that once housed the workers. Below, we show you then the dishes that you just can't not taste if you are in the city: we are sure you will not regret it!


  1. Salade Lyonnaise
  2. Rosette de Lyon
  3. Foie de veau à la lyonnaise
  4. Tablier de sapeur
  5. Andouillette
  6. Quenelle brochet
  7. Boudin aux pommes
  8. Soupe à l'oignon gratinée
  9. Local cheeses
  10. Coussin de Lyon
  11. Where to eat in Lyon: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Salade Lyonnaise

This is the typical salad of Lyon, which combine poached egg, onions and chicken liver placed on a bed of crunchy lettuce leaves and accompanied by croutons. In some cases, you will also find it served with bacon and sausage which, however, are not provided in the original version. It can also be a single dish.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8/10 approximately
  • Main ingredients: chicken, egg, lettuce

2 - Rosette de Lyon

Together with the Jèsus de Lyon, it is the typical salami of the area. Both are made with pork: the Rosette de Lyon, in particular, is made with the paws of the animal. Delicious, simple and tasty, this salami is served as an appetizer but can in fact also be a light lunch or snack, cut into thin slices and accompanied by typical cheeses and other tastings.

  • Recommended to: lunch, snack
  • Average cost: between 5 and € 10
  • Main ingredients: pig

3 - Foie de veau à la lyonnaise

Riot of intense and decisive flavors,veal liver Lyonnaise style it is one of the many tasty meat-based main courses that form the foundation on which the entire cuisine of Lyon rests. An excellent side dish that is usually combined with this dish is the Lyonnaise potatoes, cooked with a little butter to give the creamy consistency and with onions to flavor them at the right point. A dish to make aquolina really come into your mouth!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: 15 / € 20
  • Main ingredients: veal, potatoes, onions

4 - Tablier de sapeur

Always based on meat, the Tripe alla Lyonese is rigorously marinated in White wine local (of the highest quality!) and flavored with Dijon mustard. The recipe is very simple: just boil the tripe for 4/5 hours together with celery, carrots, a pinch of salt, black pepper and a touch of aromatic herbs (bay leaf, parsley and thyme); after having drained it and cut it into rectangles of about ten centimeters each, it must be left to marinate in white wine and mustard for at least three hours. Then pass the tripe in the egg, in the flour, again in the egg and finally in the breadcrumbs and then fry it. At this point, just bring it to the table: the tartar sauce or the gribiche sauce will do the rest.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15
  • Main ingredients: tripe, carrots, celery, Dijon mustard, white wine

5 - Andouillette

Returning to the subject of sausages, theAndouillette is a product of the French delicatessen made using the digestive system of pig (above all, stomach and intestines) which give life to a sausage with a strong but not unpleasant taste, also thanks to the wisely used aromatic herbs, spices, wines. It seems that the history of Andouillette is quite ancient: the salami was very much appreciated in the times of Louis II and, later, of Louis XIV, coming to conquer the palate of the same Napoleon I. Be careful, however, not to confuse it with Andouille (always based on pork) which is eaten cold and which is therefore usually listed among the appetizers.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10
  • Main ingredients: pig

6 - Quenelle brochet

Small but appetizing, the Quenelle they are none other than Meatballs made with fish, chicken or other types of meat, combined with small quantities of egg and breadcrumbs. Until recently used as a garnish, today Quenelle brochet have become a dish in its own right.

  • Recommended to: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: fish, chicken or meat

7 - Boudin aux pommes

Another much loved dish of the Lyon culinary tradition is the Boudin aux pommes, the black pudding with apples. Simpler than the German version to which potatoes and onions are added instead.

  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: pork, apples

8 - Soupe à l'oignon gratinée

In the restaurant menus, in the starters section, together with the Lyonnaise salad, the typical salami dishes and the andouille, you can easily find the gratin onion soup which, in the colder months, is an excellent choice to warm up after spending a day strolling around the city. With the crust on the surface then it's the best!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: onions, meat broth

9 - Local cheeses

You just can't think of savoring Lyon's cuisine without getting a taste of some of the numerous (and very good) cheeses that characterize the Lyon culinary scene. The most famous is undoubtedly the Cervelle de canuts, a goat's cheese with a fresh taste, mixed with chives, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, oil and vinegar. Don't be intimidated by the name, brain of the canut (silk workers): the taste is great. In addition to this, other typical cheeses are Saint-Marcellin, Saint-Félicien and Rigotte de Condrieu: all soft with a hard rind.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: cow or goat milk

10 - Coussin de Lyon

We come to desserts by citing the sweet-symbol of the city, the Lyon cushion, which has chocolate and almond paste as its main ingredients. The preparation of the dessert is a bit long but it is not very complicated, even if the attention to aesthetics is fundamental: the Coussin de Lyon original is a small, pale green square of candied almond paste with a darker stripe in the middle and is filled with a curacao scented chocolate ganache (liqueur made from orange peel). In addition to being highly appreciated by young and old for their flavor, they are also of great visual impact. Wouldn't you like to try one right away?

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 4,00 / 6,00
  • Main ingredients: chocolate, almond paste

Where to eat in Lyon: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Discovering Lyon also means tasting its typical cuisine, a cross between many regional culinary traditions. It offers various types of dishes, from lake fish to marinated meat with wine.
This city is famous for its bouchon, old inns which once housed the workers, and which still today attract many people who want to eat typical dishes in welcoming and familiar places.

So if you want to taste saucisson chaud a la lyonnaise, quenelles, foie de veau and many other specialties, here are some restaurants in the center of Lyon to try!

1 - Brasserie Georges

  • Description: one of the oldest and largest brasseries in an elegant venue serving traditional dishes
  • specialty: tripe salami, breaded pork feet, black puddings
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: 30 Cours de Verdun Perrache, Get Directions - Page Fb

2 - Au Petit Bouchon Chez Georges

  • Description: mandatory stop for those who want to try the experience of eating in a bouchon. The place is small but the owner is nice and very helpful
  • specialty: kidney with andouillettes and quenell
  • Average price: from € 26,00 per person
  • Address: rue du Garet 8, Get directions - Page Fb

3 - The instant fromage

  • Description: small but welcoming place recommended for those who love cheeses and want to taste different types
  • specialty: French cheeses and sweets
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: rue Sainte-Hélène 31, Get directions - Page Fb

4 - Flair

  • Description: restaurant that offers fusion cuisine between French and Japanese and offers refined dishes. A tasting menu from € 38,00 is available
  • specialty: duck foie gras parfait with apple and tamarind, pork tenderloin with crispy onion
  • Average price: from € 38,00 per person
  • Address: rue de la Charité 84, Get directions - Page Fb

5 - Les Halles

  • Description: a gourmet market that hosts vendors of local specialties, many of which were suppliers of the famous Lyon chef Paul Bocuse, who passed away in 2018. Cheeses, meats, fish and desserts, here you can find the best Lyon products
  • specialty: oysters, wines, cheeses
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: cours la Fayette 102, Get Directions - Official Site
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