Located in the southeast of France, Lyon is the country’s third largest city. However, it only has a fraction of the tourists you may find in other French large cities such as Paris and therefore is a great destination for your next bus trip. Once an Ancient Roman city, Lyon sits between two large rivers – the Saône and the Rhône. The old town that consists of the Roman ruins is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Add this charming city to your European bucket list – you won’t be disappointed!
It may shock you to learn that Paris is not the food capital of France, it is actually Lyon and after going to a few restaurants in the city, you will think so too. If you have a sweet tooth, make a point to go at least once (you won’t be judged if you go more) to A la Marquais. There you can have your pick from an assortment of pastries and bread. If you’re brave or just obsessed with the color pink, try the Lyonnais specialty of a croissant covered with pink pralines – a total sugar rush! If you want to be able to wander aimlessly surrounded by delicious French food, go to Les Halles de Lyon. You’ll find 48 different stands all selling different products ranging from meats and cheeses to chocolates and pastries. Go for a quick snack or to find tasty souvenirs. The typical Lyonnais restaurant of Bouchon is centered around meat – lots of meat. They usually will be expensive, but with some research and careful planning, you will be able to find one that fits your budget. One of the better less expensive bouchons is Le Val d’Isère, just opposite of the Halles de Lyon. Here you can find dishes starting at €10 - €30. That may seem expensive, but considering the location and quality of the food, it is a gem hiding in plain sight. If this is outside of your price range, don’t worry you will be able to experience Lyon and its food on any budget – you just need to do a little research!