Eating and Drinking


You’ll notice plenty of ‘bouchons’ (local bistros serving traditional local grub) throughout the city, where you’ll be able to eat and drink very well at reasonable prices - 2 or 3 course meals with a glass of wine will typically come in under €20 a head. Good examples include Le Garet (rue de Garet) and Daniel et Denise (rue de Crequi), which has an award-winning chef.

If you’re on even more of a budget, there’s always Marché Saint-Antoine Célestins on the bank of the Saône. Grab some fresh local produce at reasonable rates and have a picnic in one of the city’s squares or parks. In the summer there’s a great beer garden by the river at the Star Ferry, which has a good selection of beers from around the world, and great burgers to enjoy, too.

Beer lovers should also head to Le Palais de la Biere (rue Terme) which has a phenomenal range of more than 300 different brews on offer. The local brewery Ninkasi has a number of bars dotted around the city ( But if what you’re really hankering for is a taste of home then don’t despair - there are plenty of pubs and bars with a more British and Irish flavour - including the St James (rue Saint Jean), Paddy’s Corner (rue de la Terrasse) Kelly’s (quai Romain Rolland) and Wallace Bar (rue Octavio Mey). The latter two also offer up a range of snacks and bar meals alongside the mixture of imported and domestic ales.