La Vieille Réserve Wine Shop – Lyon (1st arr)

Courtney Spring

Courtney Spring

In this video, NotesOnFrance Field Producer Courtney Spring takes us to meet the manager of one of Lyon’s many fine wine shops. While including wine from many regions of France, its specialty is both the Rhone Valley wines and the wines of Beaujolais.

Whether you’re planning a last-minute picnic in one of Lyon’s many beautiful parks, or an elegant dinner party, the experts at La Vieille Réserve can help you choose an excellent wine.

La Vieille Réserve Wine Shop
1, Place Tobie Robatel
69001 LYON
Tel: +334.78.28.69.98

Boulanger des Chartreux – (Lyon 1st arr) Interview with English Translation

Courtney Spring

Courtney Spring

When first arriving in Lyon, NotesOnFrance Field Producer Courtney Spring went on a quest to find the best baguette in town. She found one — and much more — at a boulangerie close to home on the Croix-Rousse hillside.

(Link to original interview in French here).

Boulanger des Chartreux
49 Rue des Chartreux
69001 LYON
Tel: 04.37.26.04.04

Bangkok Royale and Les Chats Siamois (1st arr)

Close to home for us in the 1st arrondissement are two tasty Thai restaurants that we have sampled. Bangkok Royale: , at 40 rue de Sgt Blandon, offers a two-course lunch that is features exotic tastes and a good value. We enjoyed the vibrant Thai salad first course and flavorful curry plat. Rue du Sergent Blandan, 69001 LyonTel: 04 78 28 19 83 The other tasty Thai is Les Chats Siamois, located near the Rhône and the Opera House. Here they encourage you to “partager” (share) dishes to enjoy the maximum “goûts” (tastes) of their fresh and flavorful cuisine. 4 Petite rue des Feuillants, 69001 Lyon Tel: 04 78 39 34 72

Café de la Place (1st arr)


Place Sathonay


We keep returning to our local café for lunch and why not? It is close to home, just across the Place Sathonay. Its two- or three-course dejeuner is consistently good and Annie Perrier, at front of house, is infinitely kind and helpful. I am always happy with whatever fish is on the menu. While rich dessert is a special treat at home, it is the new normal for lunch in France. My favorites are anything chocolate and anything chestnut (marron/châtain).

Café de la Place
Place Sathonay, 69001 Lyon
Tel: 04 78 28 26 88

La Cuisine Restaurant (1st arr)

More slick and branded than our usual choice of restaurant, La Cuisine Restaurant surpassed our expectations. Located downhill from St Polycarpe’s big clock on rue St. Polycarpe, we stopped here on a rainy Monday when many restaurants are closed. As les parapluies (umbrellas) passed by, we were cozy inside enjoying an entré of perfect mussels, followed by a flavorful plât of white fish in a wine sauce. (I am still struggling to learn the American names of fish since they often differ from both the French and their British translations.)

Open daily, La Cuisine has a warm atmosphere, free wi-fi and good prices.

9 Rue Saint-Polycarpe, 69001
Tel: 04 78 28 15 31

Explore Lyon’s Traboules

On the way to French class, at Lyon’s École interculturelle de français pour étrangers near Croix Pacquet, I like to leave the sidewalk and follow the sheltered passages, courtyards, and stairways of the area’s traboules. These varied, old pedestrian walkways make Lyon’s historic neighborhoods personal and a little mysterious while providing quirky shortcuts and surprising vistas.

On the hillside leading up to Lyon’s Croix-Rousse (des pentes de la Croix-Rousse), the traboules offer staircases and passageways between the area’s narrow streets, and insider views of the multi-storied courtyards in buildings where silk workers once lived and worked.

Today, in addition to long-time residents, this is a neighborhood of artists, designers, students and architects. New art galleries proliferate along rue Burdeau. A business incubator for fashion designers is sheltered on Place Therrioux, off rue René Leynaud. Original clothing and accessories are sold in the area’s designer shops and co-ops. St Polycarpe, the neighborhood church with its huge clock, is tucked into the narrow streetscape. There is an endless game of pétanque under the trees of Place Sathonay. The pedestrian-only rue des Pierres Plantées offers a steep walkway straight up to the plateau of Croix-Rousse. While exploring this area, don’t miss the Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, just above the Place Sathonay, a ruin from Lyon’s early days as the capital of Gaul.

The Tourist Information Center at Place Bellecour offers guided tours in French and English (limited English tours off season) that include traboules or incorporate them into general city tours, depending on the time of year. A self-guided tour and map are available online in English or explore the traboules on your own by looking for small markers–square, yellow and blue signs on doorways and passageways in both areas.

Boulanger des Chartreux de Lyon – in French (1st arr)

Courtney Spring

Courtney Spring

When first arriving in Lyon, NotesOnFrance Field Producer Courtney Spring went on a quest to find the best baguette in town. She found one — and much more — at a boulangerie close to home on the Croix-Rousse hillside. (interview in French)

(Link to interview with English voice over here)

Boulanger des Chartreux
49 Rue des Chartreux
69001 LYON
Tel: 04.37.26.04.04