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A hungry girl's guide to Lyon, France—where to find the best restaurants & cafés for typical French food, plus inventive alternatives

Not so long ago, if you were looking for cute cafes, typical wine bars and top class restaurants in France you’d head to the countries capital, Paris. And while Paris is full of amazing places to eat and drink—as well as the stunning Hoxton Paris hotel—lately I’ve been enjoying the emerging and creative food scene of Lyon. This much smaller city is full of brilliant chefs so here are six places I’d recommend if you’re hungry and in Lyon.  

Le Kitchen Café

The menu at Le Kitchen Café changes weekly according to the season and ingredients are all sourced locally—bread is from Luc Mano bakery, fruits and vegetables come from Le Jardins de Vartan or Pyot & Ondine and the wonderful coffee is supplied by Mokxa Roasters. I like the breakfast options, choose from 'On the run' for filter coffee and a cookie or cake, 'La Granola Chic' for filter coffee and a bowl of granola served with fresh fruit, acacia honey and farmer’s raw milk yogurt or 'La Totale'; all of the above plus a fruit juice. The lunch menu is also incredibly good but don’t forget to book, it’s a small café and gets packed out most days.

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Breakfast at Le Kitchen Café

Le Vin des Vivants

Primarily a wine shop specializing in 'vin naturels' and organic wine, you can also order cheese or meat plates to accompany your wine of choice. With a few tables inside and some outside during summer, it’s pretty much the answer to a perfect night in Lyon.

La Bijouterie

This is probably my favourite restaurant in Lyon, La Bijouterie serves up the most inventive and delicious dishes and their lunchtime set menu starts at an incredibly reasonable 15 euros. I tried the pork bao, beef momos, mushroom, white bean and miso gyoza, haddock and mustard dim sum and chicken ravioli, all were wonderful. The desserts can be really interesting too, with parsnip ice cream on the menu for my visit.

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Lunch dishes at the incredible La Bijouterie

Fromagerie Mons

When in France, cheese is an essential part of any mealtime so why not make it the main event? Fromagerie Mons is a cheese shop in Lyon’s food market, Les Halles de Lyon, and has a small seating area upstairs so you can sample their amazing Burrata with heritage tomatoes or fondue paired with charcuterie board, served with a chilled glass of Chablis.

La Boîte à Café

Whether you're into Chemex, Syphon, Aeropress or V60 brewing, La Boîte à Café caters for all. Stop off for a drink and snack while exploring the city, there's seating outside and you’ll find fun street art in this part of Lyon too.

flat white from above on wooden table at la boîte a cafe
Don't miss a coffee stop at La Boîte à Café

Les Filaos

Making a change from French food as you know it, the menu at Les Filaos has dishes from Mauritius, India and Reunion. I tried fish Accra, mango, squid and ginger salad, goat ragu curry and sausage rougaille (a Mauritian spiced stew). The rum and lime cocktails are delicious and strong, or you can order Bourbon beer, all the way from the tropical island of Reunion.

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