The best things to do in Lyon

Euro 2016 Special: What to do, what to see and where to go in Lyon

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EURO 2016 City Guide: Parc Olympique Lyonnais was officially opened early in 2016 and promises some thrilling matches. And Lyon itself? The Red Bulletin takes you back in time

Wandering through the districts of Lyon is a walk through history. Lyon is the main city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and dates back to antiquity. The former capital of the Gauls has preserved its Roman amphitheatres near the hillside of Fourvière opposite Croix-Rousse hill

Continue on to the 19th century through Vieux-Lyon’s covered passageways, known as traboules, which were once used by Canuts, or silk workers, to get from one street to another and protect their precious cargo of silk from the vagaries of the weather. Then head north towards the Parc de la Tête d’Or where Interpol has had its headquarters since 1923.

Check out the rest of the EURO 2016 cities and The Red Bulletin’s best football content here.

Lyon’s Presqu’île quarter, the city centre, is located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône and is home to many of the city’s major historical buildings, including the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, the Opera and Bellecour, the largest pedestrian square in Europe, dominated by its equestrian statue of Louis XIV

“The French team is as important to me as I am to it” 
Youri Djorkaeff, native of Lyon


Stade des Lumières Lyon

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13 June 21:00 
Belgium vs Italy – Group E

16 June 18:00 
Ukraine vs Northern Ireland – Group C

19 June 21:00 
Romania vs Albania – Group A

22 June 21:00 
Hungary vs Portugal – Group F

26 June 15:00 
Round of 16 – WA vs 3C/D/E

6 July 21:00 
Semi Final – W45 vs W46

Inaugurated in January 2016, the brand new Parc Olympique Lyonnais, (also known as the Grand Stade de Lyon and Stade des Lumières, or Stadium of Light) is proud to be a Euro 2016 host.

The plan for the stadium project was launched in 2007 by Jean-Michel Aulas, OL’s president.

It replaces the Stade de Gerland as Lyon’s home and, with its 59,000 capacity, Park Olympique Lyonnais will also be eligible as a potential Champions League final venue.


  • City Population: 500,715
  • Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Stadium: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
  • Local Team: Olympique Lyonnais 
  • Capacity: 59,000
  • First Match: 13 June 21:00
  • Fanzone: Place Bellecour (32,000 capacity)

Where to go when you’re not watching a game

Click the interactive map to see your location and find the places listed below


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In need of a drink and some quality music after a busy day? Then head for Biz too Fly with its zany staff and great atmosphere. The square-shaped bar makes chance meetings a regular occurrence. Expect fun and dancing, especially on Friday nights, when two DJs take turns on the decks on the mezzanine. It might be small and not much to look at, but you’ll leave in high spirits.


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Traditional fare in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with antique décor and terrace.é


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A small corner of paradise located near the Terreaux. Get comfortable on one of the red steel chairs so typical of Broc’Bar and soak up the sunshine on the terrace. This is a place to sit and relax, for old friends to meet and linger over a drink. Sip an iced tea, followed by a cool beer – or two – in this calm oasis oblivious to the time. What, nine o’clock already? Where does the time go?

Comptoir de la Bourse

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Cocktails and fine wines in a chic venue decorated in baroque style with chandeliers, gilt frames and velvet banquettes.

Détends-toi encore

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“Relax” is the order of the day in this Lyon night spot with its warm orange and chocolate brown décor. Détends-toi is the perfect place to meet for a drink, and every week a DJ livens up the evening with a selection of the latest music.

Ké Pêcherie

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Don’t miss the match and enjoy a drink and some light food inside, or relax in the sunshine on the terrace.

Matches broadcasted live: 

Try La Maison Mère for a drink with your mates and then to party the night away, win or lose. 

You’ll find surf boards everywhere at Big White and the large selection of beers from around the world will help you calm your nerves during the big game.

A barge bar with terrace that hosts eclectic live music 

Festive brasserie serving tapas with a shady terrace under the trees. Match screenings and club nights with DJ sets.

Café Léone

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Good food and friendly atmosphere come together in Café Leone located in a pedestrian area close to rue Mercière. The music is from Andalusia and the welcome is warm until late – Spanish style.é-Léone




Bar and restaurant serving Tex-Mex food in a terrific environment. Regular live rock music.é

Poupées russes

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Original, festive and fun. Make the most of the outside terrace and enjoy the latest music as you choose from the wide selection of shooters, vodkas and cocktails. Open afternoons and evenings.

Boston Tavern

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Tastefully done in exposed brick and wood, Boston Café serves daily specials, burgers and beers – with a generous helping of fun.


Lots to do for lovers of …

… architecture and urbanism
Walk, jog, cycle or roller skate on the new riverfront area along the banks of the Rhône with its spaces and facilities for everything from football, to pétanque (a type of lawn bowling).

… history
Wander as far as the charming medieval village of Pérouges.

… and good music
Lyon holds a jazz festival every year in its ancient Théâtre Antique. 


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05 2016 The Red Bulletin

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