Described as the ‘world capital of gastronomy’ by the famed food critic Curnonsky, Lyon has a long and illustrious culinary history. This prestigious past is still very much present in this French city, with more than a thousands eateries and many Michelin star restaurants, the city of Lyon has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per capita in France of which 20 have one or more Michelin stars. Here is our list of the top 5 restaurants in Lyon.
Le Kitchen Café
This mini restaurant is located in Lyon’s university district and offers only 19 seats that are all in very high demand. Le Kitchen Café has been praised by local, national and international press. This inventive restaurant uses locally sourced products to create dishes that never fail to impress. It even operates a dessert bar and the desserts are the highlight of the meal. The dessert bar at Le Kitchen Café sells things like Swedish-style cinnamon buns, marble cake, cookies, etc.
Les Apothicaires, opened by chefs Ludovic Mey and Tabata, husband and wife, has a friendly atmosphere and serves some mouthwatering dishes. The menu is inspired by the pairs origins (France and Brazil), travels and encounters. It’s a real melting pot of flavours that gives pride of place to creativity, offering a varied menu. The restaurant offers a great, simple cuisine at lunch time, and a more elaborate, creative cuisine in the evening.
La Brasserie Georges
La Brasserie Georges is the biggest brasserie in France and has a long history dating back to 1836. This famous brasserie continues to attract customers through its traditional menu and also its ability to serve up to 1000 people a day. In this Art Deco building with old-fashioned charm, local culinary classics are served, like andouillette and steak tartare, as well as sauerkraut that is not to be missed. This brasserie also serves craft beers that are made on site that must be tried if you are a beer lover.
Les Trois Dômes
Les Trois Dômes is a restaurant located on the 8th floor of the Sofitel hotel. From its aerial setting, you are met by great panoramic views of the city. Chef Christian Lherm uses the finest ingredients in the region, including Bresse chicken, crayfish, scallops, lobster, etc. All dishes are served in an exquisite and contemporary atmosphere. The restaurant has a Michelin star and often changes its menu to offer colourful, contemporary dishes that showcase flavour. This restaurant offers pleasure for both the taste buds and the eyes, with the food and the views of the city and the Rhône.
Located in the popular district of La Guillotière, Imouto is an Asian-European fusion restaurant. It has an elegant décor, professional service and a pleasant atmosphere. Just by passing by the restaurant, you can see into the kitchen and you can see the beautifully presented fusion dishes that will make your mouth water, even before entering the establishment! If you want an original meal in a Zen atmosphere, without spending an obscene amount of money, then Imouto is the place for you.
So there you have our list of some of the best restaurants in Lyon. As a city renowned for its food, there are many restaurants to explore in this city, from traditional cuisine found in bouchons to food from all parts of the world, you will never run out of restaurants to visit in this French city.
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