Place Bellecour et rues piétonnes (shopping)
Whether you're looking for gifts for friends and family or treats for yourself, Lyon is the ideal destination for a shopping trip. With everything from fresh local produce to designer fashion, you'll be in a shopper's paradise when you visit this beautiful French city.
The French capital of food
Known as the food capital of France, this area is the perfect place to check out markets such as Les Halles de Lyon - Paul Bocuse where you can find some of the world's best cheeses, wines, and meats. With nearly five dozen stalls selling countless gourmet delights, it is the spot to try local specialties. Look out for other boutiques and shops selling the best of local produce.
Discover Lyon's shopping hotspots
Lyon is packed with independent stores, big brands, and great shopping centers, where you'll find plenty of opportunities to indulge in some retail therapy while you visit the city.
Head to Vieux Lyon, the Old Town, and find the authentic Guignol puppets along the pedestrian street Rue Saint-Jean. Purchase some edible souvenirs like pink pralines, quenelles, or coussins—a marzipan sweet filled with chocolate ganache. This local specialty was designed by the chocolatier Voisin in 1960, based on a historic event during the epidemic plague in 1643 when the aldermen of Lyon made the vow to organize a procession at Fourvière to urge the Virgin Mary to save the city. They carried a seven-pound candle and a gold crown on a silk cushion. The coussin, shaped like this cushion, reminds locals of this moment in history.
For artwork and antiques, hit the stores along Rue du Président Édouard Herriot and Rue Auguste-Comte. A bit further north, head to the Passage Thiaffait, where you'll find the Village des Créateurs promoting work from artists of the Rhône-Alpes region. Discover young labels producing cutting-edge fashion, jewelry, and prints. Be sure to stop by the La Part Dieu Shopping Center, where you'll find more than 200 stores, including big brands as well as restaurants and a cinema.
Lyon is also renowned for its silk goods. Those who enjoy this fabric will be delighted to find a few original silk weavers that have performed the craft for years. Find the perfect locally made gift such as scarves, ascots, and other silk accessories.
Lyon's abundance of elegant shopping streets and malls is sure not to disappoint.