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The main shopping district of Lyon is the Presqu'lle in the second arrondissement, with rue Victor Hugo and rue de la République, which are joined by the main square Place Bellecour. The shops tend to be from large affordable chains in these two pedestrian streets, whereas more exclusive shops are located nearby on rue du Président Édouard Herriot, rue Emile Zola and rue des Archers.
The Carré d’Or district will delight shoppers with more than 70 luxury stores concentrated between Place Bellecour and Cordeliers. Passage de l’Argue (between rue de la République, rue Edouard Herriot and rue de Brest), built in the mid 1800s, is a lovely glass-roofed shopping arcade. Lyon is a walker’s dream, so take your time and amble through the alleys and streets.
The glass-roofed Part-Dieu mall with its 260 shops and department stores, including Galeries Lafayette, is one of the largest in Europe.
Lyon’s traditional crafts and textiles can be found in the stores of Vieux Lyon alongside similar products from around the world.
Some of the most exciting rising stars of couture and design call Lyon home. Former silk producing area, Passage Thiaffait (www.passagethiaffait.fr) on the slopes of Croix Rousse is home to the Creators’ Village, and is the best direction to head in if you want to find yourself that unique wardrobe item or see an exhibition of rising stars’ creations. Rue du Plat also recently became a designers' street with Nicolas Fafiotte local star.
Of course, Lyon is famous for its reputation as a gastronomic capital and this is a serious form of shopping in France. The many produce markets that are a daily event in different areas of Lyon mean that a huge variety of fresh produce, flowers, household items, accessories and meat of all varieties can be bought at very competitive prices. You can even pick up a live goose for your Christmas dinner.
The city is well stocked with flea markets, antique stores and second-hand shops. There are more than 650 antique shops in Lyon’s downtown and surrounding area. In addition to the Auguste Comte district (www.augustecomte.com), those looking for treasures should put La Cité des Antiquaires and Canal Flea Market at the top of their list. La Cité des Antiquaires is crammed with furniture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, decorative arts from the early 20th century, jewellery and paintings. Pack your torch if planning on grabbing a bargain at Villeurbanne Flea Market, also known as Canal Flea market. Stalls open at 6am on Sundays (8am on Thursdays and Saturdays) and collectors arrive early… with torches.
La Cité des Antiquaires - 117 boulevard Stalingrad, www.cité-antiquaires.fr
Canal Flea Market - 1, rue du Canal, www.pucesducanal.com