City Guide - Lyon 7: Between Saxe and Jean Macé district, as seen by Rebecca

Hands down, Lyon 7 is the ideal place to live in Lyon. Just two stops to the presqu’île or three stops to Old Lyon on metro line D, it’s in close proximity to Lyon’s main attractions, with the prices of the suburbs. Lyon 7 is like a microcosm of the city- sharing its rich history, great restaurants and shops. Everything you need is on your doorstep: supermarkets, food markets, gyms, doctors. With stops on metro lines D, B, Trams T1 and T2, as well as a handful of buses - it’s easy to get wherever you want. My partner and I rarely feel the need to leave the 7th, unless we are going to see the sites. A great night out in the 7th is guaranteed, with independent restaurants and even better bars. I love my Lyon 7 community, and have cherished getting to know the local pizza man, barmen, and market stall holders.  

Things to See

1. Jean Macé Market - My boyfriend and I never miss a Saturday morning market shop. The market is found on Jean Macé square, and sells lots of different things: from fresh Italian pasta to 5€ clothing. The market is on every Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and it’s the perfect occasion to stock up. A 2€ tray of onions and 1.50€ tray of garlic can last us weeks, whilst fruit and other vegetables feature on our weekly shopping list. Even if you aren't buying, the market is throughly worth a visit, even if just to admire the immaculate displays of local, fresh produce. 

2. Saint-Louis - This area round the back of Jean Macé is a must-see. There’s a beautiful church, great restaurants and wine bars, and a food market a couple of days a week.

3. Guillotière’s East Asian district and Supermarkets - Head over to Supermarché Asie to pick up cheap produce for great Chinese dishes. Guillotière is the other main area of Lyon 7, and is only a 10 minute walk from Jean Macé.

Things to Do

1. The Piscine du Rhône - A 10 minute walk from Jean Macé and Saxe-Gambetta, just on the edge of Lyon 7, is the Piscine du Rhône, which is comprised of two outdoor swimming pools. There’s no better place to spend a summer’s day than lounging around a pool and admiring the view across the river from the jacuzzi parts of the pool. 

2. Grab a coffee at one of Lyon 7’s coffee shops - They’re a great place to work, relax, or chat, and there’e plenty of them. Particularly noteworthy is Anahera in Lyon 7, which does great coffee and cakes.