Isn’t Lyon just a half hour drive from Côte-Rôtie? Is there a reason that’s not the automatic main wine place to go to?
I just ask because I’m a bit surprised nobody has mentioned it.
@Tommy_L, @bradhens - Have a fantasitc time, we LOVE Lyon and have been there three times now.
Here are some items for your consideration:
Wine Tour - Vincent Pontet at Lyon-Winetours - Lyon-Winetours - Discover Wine with a Winemaker - Welcome. Vincent has worked around the world making wine including time at Guigal and his partner now works providing tasting at Guigal. He also has a wine bar and wine shop in Condrieu so spending a day with him is a gas. He has become a good friend and going to his winebar on a Friday or Saturday in Condrieu would be a fun trip. Tell him John sent you and he will pour you more wines than you can keep track of.
Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen - We have attended Lucy’s classes twice, so if you are into a walk to the biggest outdoor market in Lyon and leanring the history of Lyon along the way, as well as how to shop at the market and then cook an amazing meal from what you purchase at the market - this is for you.
PRaiRiaL - is an excellent Michelin starred dinning experience. We really enjoyed our time there and the staff was super about letting us practice our french.
Cafe Comtoir Abel - Great bouchon and lots of fun.
Le Boeuf d’Argent - an unexpected fine dining experience (but not stuffy and no Michelin stars) in the old town (Vieux Lyon) - still dreaming of the Foie Gras in Rasberry foam. Mind Blowing
Le Café des Fédérations - perhaps the most traditional of the Bouchon in Lyon - bring your appetit!
Carré Royal - Went to this on a whim and the food was beyond expectations, really enjoyable!
C.Reyon - a great place to pick up the pate en croute
La Bouteillerie - this is a wine shop with a few tables for dinner, we recommend booking in advance and making it the first place you eat as Christophe is a hoot and always provides great recommendations for the restos that may be under the radar yet amazing.
Also, we totally second @DuyenHa’s Les Halles suggestion - again, just a great fun. We went here with our Lyon City Greeter (more on this below) the first time in Lyon and had an enjoyable lunch of Cheese Salad and wine with the guide.
So as mentioned above, if it is your first time in Lyon, check out the City Greeter program here: https://en.lyon-france.com/discover-lyon/lyon-city-greeters - you fill out a questionairre and they match you with someone with similar interests.
Finally, make sure to stop by Fracois Pralus and pick up a Praluline!