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“The place to be on a Sunday! Very touristy.”
Review of Vieux Lyon

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Owner description: Lyon's historic section is full of old buildings and a traditional old French atmosphere.
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Ottawa, Canada
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“The place to be on a Sunday! Very touristy.”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

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.

Happy travels!

Visited July 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Just another typical European old town”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Every single city in Europe has its "Old Town" - Stockholm, Prague, Munich etc etc. Likewise, Lyon also has one. It's got windy medieval cobbled streets, cafes, restaurants, bars, outdoor seating, old churches, souvenir shops etc. Unfortunately, Lyon's does not have anything extra to make it stand out from any other old town in Europe. In addition, the amount of broken glass, cigarette stubs on the ground, plus people vomiting and urinating on the sidestreets does not make it a particularly aromatic experience. Nothing special but in a city where there is not much else to see, it's one of the 'must-do's'.

Visited October 2012
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“Fabulous old town”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Very well preserved historic UNESCO site, with cobbled streets, cutesy shops and restaurants and the fascinating traboules. Well worth a visit to Lyon, just to hang out in this area and sample true Lyonnais food (robust, but tasty - especially the frogs legs in garlic butter and parsley.

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Old Lyon”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

The cobbled streets and quaint shops and restaurants. However as in Lyon you are always dodging what the dogs leave behind and the prices are too high to justify even a souvinier. It is supposed to be the food capital but we went into one restaurant and walked out after 15 minutes. All the waiters seem to hate tourists. The second restaurant have great food but we felt like a bit of an inconvenience.

Visited January 2013
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Peebles, United Kingdom
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“A tour of the traboules is a must”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Compact. Fascinating. Courtyards, renaissance buildings. Garden terraces. Lots of restaurants, bars and cafes. Stunning cathedral. The old town has it all.

Visited December 2012
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