Vieux Lyon, is a great place to visit on a Sunday, when the majority of the city is closed down. Since Vieux Lyon is a high tourist area, all the shops tend to stay open on Sunday, while many other places in the main district are closed.
As a consequence, you will find yourself amidst all the tourists in this area, which may or may not be what you are looking for. However, with few things to do on a Sunday, it might not hurt to take a few hours of your day to visit this area.
Here, you will find an array of standard souvenir stores, restaurants, and street vendors. There was not really anything awe-inspiring about this area, but it is nice to see.
My wife and I enjoyed walking up and down Vieux Lyon and being a part of all the action, but we did have our fill after an hour or so.
Vieux Lyon starts at the Vieux Lyon Metro/Funicular station. Just take the metro to there, and head to the street where you will be face to face with the Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Head north on Rue Saint-Jean and you will enter a pedestrian zone, which will take you to all the stores and restaurants. It is only a few blocks, and the action ends at Gare Saint-Paul. Of course, the surrounding area is considered "Vieux Lyon", however there really wasn't much to see past Rue Saint-Jean.
We recommend starting off your day visiting the Roman Theatre and the Basilica de Notre-Dame de Fourviere, as you will need to start from the Vieux Lyon Metro/Funicilar station to reach both of those sites. Once you finish both of those sites, you can then return to the Vieux Lyon area, and spend the rest of your afternoon, walking around Vieux Lyon.
You can then head to Croix-Rousse, to take in more views of Lyon, as you will probably have had enough of Vieux Lyon by then.
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