City Guide - Lyon 6 and 1: between Masséna and Hôtel de Ville, as seen by Kelsey

Updated: Jun 9, 2019

One of the things that makes Lyon so exciting is seeing the personality of each neighborhood transform in an instant. On weekdays I love going to work in chic Lyon 6 and then taking a lunchtime walk over to the funky hills and passageways of Lyon 1. Suddenly I’m in a different world. In this stretch of the city you can shop (or window shop) to your heart’s content, enjoy plenty of delicious afternoon goûters, and get inspired by the creativity in the air. It’s one of the most beautiful areas thanks to its proximity to the Rhône river so grab your shoes and get exploring!

Things to See

1. Parc de la Tête d’Or - It’s nearly impossible to miss the very best park in Lyon. From the zoo (featuring giraffes!) to the tropical botanical gardens to the boat docks along the shimmering lake to the seemingly unreachable Île du Souvenir, the Parc de la Tête d’Or is a real gem. Don’t try to see it all at once though--this magnificent park warrants several visits to take in all it has to offer.

2. Street Art and More - Keep your eyes open for colorful creations as you wander along the maze of streets behind Hôtel de Ville towards Croix-Paquet. Duck into one of the many art galleries along rue René Leynaud (just make sure you check their opening hours first as they can vary) and then admire Passage Thiaffait and its abundance of artsy shops.

Passage Thiaffait - 19, Rue René Leynaud, 69001, Lyon

3. Place Maréchal Lyautey - The grand fountain is what makes this small green space extra special. I love bringing a picnic here at lunchtime and admiring the flowers. The wide, sunny space lends a pleasant breath of fresh air.

4. Passerelle du Collège - My favorite thing about this picturesque suspension footbridge is that you can feel a slight trembling beneath you when you cross over, making it all the more exciting. But don’t be afraid, it is completely safe.


Things to Do

1. Have a drink with a view at Les Muses - The top floor of the Opéra de Lyon is home to a sleek bar with all the cool late-night vibes and a glittering view to match.

1, place de la Comédie, 69001, Lyon

2. Rock out on a péniche - Part pub and part mini-concert venue these boats along the Rhône are unique to Lyon’s music scene. Head down to Le Sirius or any of the others for an unforgettable evening.

Le Sirius - Facing 4, quai Victor Augagneur, 69003, Lyon