Lyon: Some Hints and Practical Information

Getting around and going out

TCL is the local public transportation company.

If you like cycling, you can try the velo'v rental bike system. From ENS Lyon, there is a very nice cycling path going north, to the city center, along the Rhône river.

SNCF is the national railway company.

Going out in Lyon (Sortir à Lyon) (unfortunately, it is only available in French).

The official web site of the city (in French).

The tourism office.

A site which may contain interesting information: My little Lyon.

A page presenting the street markets in Lyon. The farmer's market of the Wednesday evening Place Carnot is interesting. Le marché de la création takes place every Sunday morning on the River Saône banks.


If you are interested in food and wine, Lyon is a pretty nice place for both. If you can read some French, you can have a look at Le petit paumé and more precisely at this page. RPPP means "Recommandé par le Petit Paumé" (recommended by the Petit Paumé).

I (= Nicolas B.) like (they are sorted in alphabetical order):

Restaurants close to ENS Lyon

I recommend "Le Fleurie" (see above), unfortunately closed at night, or a fish restaurant, Jols (pick "Jols Gerland"), 283 avenue Jean Jaurès, 69007 Lyon, +33 4 78 72 10 10.

Otherwise, the following ones are OK:

Eating/drinking, beside restaurants

If you want to have dinner late at night, a few addresses (I did not try the first three):

You can have good ice creams at (I recommend the first two):




You can buy very good (but perhaps expensive) food products in Les Halles de Lyon, 102 cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon.


If you are interested in wines, it will be a pleasure for us to talk about it if you like. You will find fairly nice hints from Cave Valmy (either 27 pl Valmy, 69009 Lyon, +33 4 78 83 71 68, or 5 rue d'Austerlitz, 69004 Lyon, +33 4 78 30 14 60). Other nice wine shops are Antic Wine, 18 rue du Bœuf, 69005 Lyon, +33 4 78 37 08 96, or Maison Malleval.

You can get fine teas from Cha Yuan. Two shops in Lyon. Here and here.


There is a big bookshop called Decitre located at Place Bellecour (you can find books in English there).

Other bookshops in the city center:

There is a huge shopping mall at la Part-Dieu (next to the railway station) and another one in the "quartier Confluence" (south of Perrache railway station).

Medical problems

In case of a medical problem, if necessary, one possibility is to go there.

Otherwise, of course, there are emergency services in some hospitals: see this page and this page.