In general, when you are eating in the Vieux Lyon, the old part of the city, a UNESCO world heritage site, you will be going more for the environment, which is very warm, and is almost more important than the food itself. Le Panier a Salade is a bouchon, a typical restaurant with traditional food from the region of the Rhone. It stands for quality, but has the advantage of having a big terrace in the center. I would not recommend to eat more than a menu to avoid bad surprises at the end. If you decide to go with a drink make sure to ask for the price beforehand. One of the dishes is garlic snails, salad Lyonnaise, which is an assortment of hams and sausages, goat cheese salad and oxtail terrine. The Boudin is the black pudding, while l'Andouillette is white and filled with guts. Lyon is a gastronomic city of France so do not hesitate to try new things.
Le Laurencin is a "bouchon," a traditional Lyon folk restaurant located in the old quarter, specifically in the Rue Saint Jean, the old medieval quarter's main street. The building is a historical monument and the rooms are very dark, cool, and compact, which gives it an amazing atmosphere. While other bouchons now hustle the tourist side of the district, providing expensive, low-quality food, the Laurencin offers a very good price-quality ratio. The menu is ample and reasonably priced. The décor could be a little nicer, but the tight quarters let you start talking to your neighbors and it's not so bad. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday, 12 to 14:00, and from 7:30 in the afternoon until 11. The house where it was built dates to 1528, but unfortunately you can not see the food hall.
This is one of the most famous bakeries Lyon. It has unusual décor, with portraits of the famous puppet Guignol, which was invented in Lyon and was a key figure in the childhood of all French children for years. When you enter the bakery, you see the wood oven is on, that everything is very small, and, in general, it's packed! The name comes from the courthouse located next door. There're delicious pizzas, made of leek and goat cheese, Reblochon cheese or bacon. To be honest,it's too small to eat inside, but you are in the neighborhood of Old Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and should take the opportunity to go for a walk! I recommend trying the "aux pralines Brioches," which is a kind of sweete bread with red pralines. It's a little more expensive than a lot of the other bakeries in town, but the quality is better too, and it's worth a visit.
It is a classic place in Lyon. A bouchon is a traditional local restaurant that serves mostly pork dishes. Here you can find pork ears, feet, sausage, ham, and more, each with their own special sauce. For example the sausage comes with a mustard sauce that is typical in Lyon. As they say, in the pig, everything is good, or better said, everything is used. Surely now with swine flu they will be losing customers, but it remains one of the most famous places of Lyon to discover its gastronomy. It located on Merciere street, across the Rodano, close to the historical center, on a street where there are a half dozen bouchons. The service is not the best but the food is good so its worth it.
This restaurant used to be called Caillou, and was a very popular restaurant in Lyon and is always full of students and young people. So we decided to go, thinking it would be just that, but the name had been changed, and the boss was not the same one as before.There is an old couple running the place now. You can eat well here, but it is too expensive compared to the old place. The menu costed 28 Euros, with duck pate, duck breast and a dessert. It is typical French food but it didn´t have an original taste. It´s good, but you want something more. They have all types of wines, its very good, for less than 15 euros you can have an ample selection of bottles. The service is done by the wife, it was a big strange because we were the only ones in the restaurant and the place had just opened and there was little presence. Apart from that the place is pretty, with well-kept decoration and you can eat decently. In total it ended up being 70 Euros for two people and a bottle of wine. Not for everyday.
Le Palais Saint Jean is named after the Palace of St. John, the episcopal house located near the San Juan Cathedral. It is also in the Plaza de San Juan, and you can make yourself dizzy trying to remember so many similar names, but it can be found very easily, because it is one of the squares that you are obligated to visit in the old center of Lyon. The Palace is the typical "bouchon lyonnais" type of restaurant and serves you food and local wine that you cannot find in Paris or the south. The dishes are mostly pork and there are very few options for vegetarians. The restaurant, like many around, has a nice terrace in the summer, especially at night, and the whole square is filled and there is a very good atmosphere. Here you can try a little of everything, you can avoid getting sick if you get things like yl'andouillette, which is like a sausage but with pieces of guts inside. Then there kidney pie, hot sausage, and house wine. The amount comes out between 18 and 25 euros per person with wine.
Le Gourmand means the sweet-tooth, and it's a restaurant located in the old medieval district of Saint Jean behind Lyon Cathedral. The restaurant is a "bouchon", a traditional style of restaurant in the city. They are very friendly, with large tables where you sit next to other patrons and where you almost always end up singing after dinner in the streets of Lyon. The Gourmand has a menu for 20 euros, but it does not include wine. The portions are generous, but it's also a bit touristy so the quality isn't the best in Lyon. Among the dishes you have to try are the regional specialties like the0 Dauphinois potatoes with cream quenelles, the salads, and chicken livers. There is a 15 euro menu as well, with a smaller range but that's OK. It's located in the new square of Saint Joan, in a pedestrian-only district of the city where you can enjoy the the beautiful summer terraces.
The Bouchon Aux Vins is on Merciere street. This street, although it is a bit out of what is called "Old Lyon", the most touristy part of the city, is still touristy but in a more authentic way. They serve very good wines which also attracts customers from the city and French people in general. They serve wines from France and abroad, of various vintage and quality. You can try a single glass or buy a whole bottle. The décor is traditional and very classic but there are nice wood floors and a part of the menu is written on the windows of the restaurant. The bill usually runs to about 20 euros / person, but it obviously depends on the quality of the wine.
The restaurant, or better known as the "brasserie", is a typical French cafe where you can be served traditional meals, and is one of four restaurants owned by the great French chef Paul Bocuse. After about ten years working in a country restaurant, Paul Bocuse decided to open a new type of restaurant. One that is a little more casual and located in the center of the city of Lyon. There are also three others: the Nord, the Ouest and Sud ( the four directions North,, South, East, and West, in French). First, Bocuse and his associate bought Le Nord, which had already been established as a famous brasserie in the city and was located in the center. The South has more Mediterranean cuisine, while the East offers a distinct kitchen, with influences from the Balkans and the Middle East. L'Est is housed in a former train station, near what is now the Lyon Part Dieu station. The rooms were the old waiting rooms and are large with high ceilings and traditional decoration. The menu costs 21 euros for two courses and 24 for three, which is not much compared to other restaurants in Bocuse.
Annecy is a very nice city, and every restaurant invites you to sit on the terrace and just look and feel the city. While there, we decided to stay for dinner, and our friends suggested the Creperie, a place where they had been many times. As well as being good, it was relatively cheap. We sat on the terrace under a beautiful arch. Service was perfect. A young girl interpreted our French brilliantly well! I had never eaten Saracen pancakes with a nice salad on top, and this was what we were served. It was delicious. The striking appearance, and the combination of flavors was appreciated. For dessert we could not fault the Nutella Crepe, my weakness, which I shared with my son to not feel so guilty, ha ha ha. Others opted for ice cream which looked great.
This beautiful little shop is a must stop on the Rue Saint Jean in the old Gothic Quarter of Lyon, especially if you want to bring home some souvenirs. There are mostly food products available; sausages, hams and Andouillettes sausages that are typical of the region, as well as canned ready meals that only have to be heated to remind you of your visit to the city. The store also has silk products, an industry that was very important in Lyon at the time, but with the cost of labor it began to decline during the past century. In this small space, it seems that there are a thousand things to buy and it can be difficult to choose. Older, handmade products are somewhat pricier, but high quality.
It's an Italian restaurant, just outside the old center of Nyons. A decor more reminiscent of Italian restaurants in New York than Italy. The service was nice, and that it was the day of the festival of the city and had a lot of people. They took no time in serving a huge plate of hot pasta. You can choose what you want: spaghetti, tagliatelle, gnocchi, farfalle, ... and then the sauce. We tested the recipe "hunter" who was with cream and bacon, and small mushrooms. Very good apart from the bacon which did not come very golden. The other dish with shrimp sauce was good too. With drinks, 30 euros between two, not bad for this quality. The desserts looked great but there was no time ...
La Mamounia is a Moroccan restaurant in the center of Valence, on the Avenue Felix Faure, near the pedestrian center. It's a bit difficult to park but the main bus station "Pole Bus" is nearby. Inside is a large room with Moroccan décor, tiles and low armchairs, it's rather intimate and cozy. No smoking. The dishes are typically Moroccan, several types of couscous with spicy sausage, chicken or lamb, or you can just ask for vegetables. The tagines are good and quite large, 2 can share with a salad. I don't like many cakes but they looked good, it would be good to go for afternoon tea with cupcakes. They close at 11 pm and you can call for it to be delivered to your hotel or home.
Le Marché is a small restaurant Des Clercs Square, a beautiful pedestrian square in the historic center of Valence. Its name derives from a market held in the square on Thursday and Saturday mornings. It offers a seasonal simple meal and the chefs cook with market produce. In general there is always a meat dish and a fish dish on the menu. Two people would spend less than 40 euros including a drink. The wine is simple, but some regional producers bottles are worth tasting. A small terrace is open in summer. It is a popular place for a snack at night. At noon there is a menu for those that wish to eat quickly for of 15 euros.
Café du Louvre was formerly known as Café de Valence. It is located close to the Parc Jouvet in a nineteenth century building, which was nicely renovated. There is a large terrace to enjoy the good weather. If it is a clear day you can see the mountains of Ardeche from here. Prices are reasonable. Drinks cost from 2 to 3.50 euros upwards and alcoholic drinks cost between 4 and 7 euros. They serve dishes like croque monsieur and steak tartare. This is the place if you need fast service but the kitchen closes early at night. They have cared decoration, is a classic style reminiscent as coffee was probably 50 years ago, but it looks old.
The Divinus is a French restaurant on André Lacroix street, near Drapier's house. There is a small covered terrace which is heated in winter. The place offers an original menu consisting of local, seasonal ingredients and innovative recipes. There is a winter menu for 19 euros with three plates of duck confit with figs, four types of pumpkin (soup, ice cream, pastry, and appetizers), or scampi and zucchini sushi. Then there is second of lamb seasoned with leeks and nutmeg, Moroccan-style chicken tagine with saffron and almonds, and sea bream. Desserts include chocolate mousse, tiramisu, or red fruitcake. The food is great at the presentationi is top notch. The menu can be quite expensive, running around 40 euros per person for three courses.
In search of a snack, my friend took me to one of the best bakeries in the center of Roanne, the stylish and modern Clarissou Bakery. The place scared me with its modern design, both decor and bakery and somewhat cold atmosphere... it scared me because I associated it with high prices. But they are actually very reasonable, not much more expensive than traditional bakeries! As of 2.80 the delicacies can be excellent, I really was amazed by my cupcake "tout choco" (all chocolate), lemon tart and upside down lemon tart ... and as I tried the two cakes that my friend bought (something with orange and whipped cream, and something mango flavored), i could not help but make sounds of pleasure! You can take away, but there are several tables where you can sit and enjoy these delights, and if you are lucky you can see the baker working behind the counter. The place is open from Monday to Sunday, so you have no excuse for not going!
Le Rabelais is a restaurant in the historic center of Valence. It is in a square where they set up a market twice a week. The menu is extensive. There are pizzas that cost between 9 and 12 euros. You can try the Savoyard with local cheese, Reblochon and cream (which is very good,), the tatin with apple and walnuts, as well as some original recipe pizzas that use 4 cheeses, and the ever classic margarita pizza. Then there are the risottos, which cost around 11 euros. There's curried shrimp, seafood, snails and scallops. The fish tends to cost less than 15 euros. The small bouillabaisse, with come with several types of fish and steamed potatoes, and there's also meat, which costs between 12 and 19 euros. The specialties of the region include mushrooms, snails, Saint Marcellin cheese, and small ravioli served with herbs and cheese. The caillette is a small pork pate with herbs, and then there are criques, which are hash browns, bacon, herbs and garlic, which are also delicious.