Lyon is synonymous with French gastronomy and vice versa. It is one of the main destinations in France for anyone seeking culinary pleasure, with dishes as delicious as the quenelle, cervelle de canuts or the andouillette.
In addition to trying all these dishes, we also recommend making a stop by one of the most innovative and recently opened spaces in Lyon dedicated to gastronomy: the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie. Here's what to expect from this temple dedicated to French cuisine.
A recently inaugurated culinary temple
The museum is located in the prestigious Grand Hotel-Dieu - Wikipedia image
Last October, a new ambitious project was launched with the aim to take French gastronomy to the next level. The Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie was opened in Lyon, an innovative space that Grand Hotel-Dieu has housed since then.
With an area of around 4,000 m2, this place has set itself the goal of continuing to expand Lyon's fame as a gourmet city throughout the world. Inside, visitors will find:
-A permanent exhibition that reviews the gastronomic history of Lyon, as well as the great names that have contributed to the inclusion of French cuisine on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.
-Different temporary exhibitions that will deal with specific products or gastronomies of the world.
-Various events, such as workshops, conferences and other activities related to the culinary field.
-Areas dedicated to interactive experiments and demonstrations.
Lyon, the World Capital of Gastronomy
In addition to the museum, Lyon offers a wide range of activities and places to discover for everyone
The opening of this space could not take place in a better city than Lyon, considered the world capital of gastronomy. The French city has several peculiarities that make it the favourite destination for lovers of good food.
In the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region alone, there are more than 4,000 restaurants, several of them with Michelin stars. In addition, it has been recognized on numerous occasions as one of the best gastronomic destinations in the world by prestigious publications such as The Times or the National Geographic.
If it isn’t impressive enough, Lyon is also a benchmark in the wine sector. It is, in fact, the French city with the most wineries or bar à vins per inhabitant. Considering these characteristics, there could not be a better location.
The visit to the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie
The Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie is the first museum in the world where you can taste works of art. With this starting point, how can you resist? It is open every day from 10am to 7pm and on Saturdays until 10pm. The entrance costs 12 euros (8 euros, reduced price).