Lyon, international city of Gastronomy
"Lyon is the world capital of gastronomy", as Curnonsky, "the prince of gastronomes" was famous for being said as early as the 20th century. Initiated by women, the Mères Lyonnaises, this culinary tradition has been sustained throughout time and is truly part of LYON’s identity. With the largest food-service related trade fair in the world - SIRHA - and the famous contest “Les Bocuse d’Or”, with over 4.000 registered restaurants, this culinary scene is now being reinvented. Generous, inventive and resolutely focused on the future, the city is training the new generation of chefs in its prestigious schools.
This passion for excellence food has enabled gastronomy to play a significant role in the economic cultural and social life of the city.
© Vieux LYON - DMKF photographes
Gastronomy has driven the city throughout history. The food heritage is marked in the city’s walls and streets and can still be appreciated at every corner.
The city’s famous traditional neighborhood restaurants known as “bouchons” and its Michelin-starred chefs benefit from the area’s high-quality production of fine products. Currently in Lyon, several new Food court concepts are launched giving the opportunity to talented and young chefs to perform and enrich the culinary scene in Lyon.
Paul Bocuse 3* restaurant's kitchen " L’auberge du Pont de Collonges"
In 2018, the local institutions have all decided to make history again. By setting up a holistic strategy toward more sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems accessible to all, Lyon is looking to implement new eating habits where the pleasure of a meal is linked to the sourcing of the products, the nutritious value of the dish, and the talent of the chef.
Throughout the city, 220 weekly outdoor markets celebrate regional products. The production of wine such as Beaujolais is also an asset that contributes towards the wealth of Lyon's gastronomy.
Cheese shop at Saint Antoine outdoor market
In Lyon, food is all about sharing! Different Food Tours allow visitors to meet the lyonnais producers and restaurateurs, willing to share their passion and everyday life. By foot or on an electric bike, these tours are a tasty mix between the discovery of the city and of the food heritage. Thanks to the guide, visitors can open closed doors and experience a unique moment of conviviality.
All activities and events on the city can be found on the Gourmet agenda: www.cestlyonquiregale.com