Virginie Lalere is a food and travel blogger based in Lyon, France. She has been writing in her blog A taste of my life since 2010. The blog is in french but since we have google translator, nothing will be between you and the ability to read her amazing content, right?
Lyon is one of the biggest cities in France after Paris. It is situated center east of France and has a strategic position since it is very close to the french Alps. You can actually be in a 2 hours drive on the slopes to practice ski if you want! And only 3 hours drive from the Mediterranean cities like Marseilles. In other words: the location is perfect!
Important to tell everybody that France’s fast train TGV connects Lyon to Paris in only 2 hours. So you have no excuse to go there now! Excited about Lyon? Yes? So, I’m here to introduce you our newest local, Virginie Lalere.
Going Local in Lyon with Virginie Lalere
In Lyon, Virginie Lalere likes to share her travel memories, good spots like hotels, restaurants, tea rooms and more. She even share some delicious recipes from time to time.
She’s native from the area and don’t want to move. Virgine says Lyon is big enough to offer a wide range of activities like museums, theaters, cinemas and more but you don’t get lost never! In Lyon you can enjoy most of the city by foot. Lyon is also renowned for its gastronomy – of course, France! Virginie Lalere guarantees that you can find many, many, maaaany good restaurants on this lovely and adorable city!
Below you can see some of her favorite spots around Lyon.
Saint-Antoine market and the locals you can meet
Meet the locals at Saint-Antoine market! It is a huge market along the Rhône river, mostly filled vegetables, fruits, meat, fish stalls …. but also some stalls selling clothes or accessories.
Tea and cake time at Thé Où
Have tea with a gorgeous cake at Thé Où, a small tearoom where Hervé will welcome you with a big smile. You may talk about the latest theater show with him, Virgine told us he’s passionate about it!
Since you’re in France, eat a bit more at Violette & Berlingot
Violette & Berlingot is a tiny shop where Anne-Claire displays french sweets from the past and from all the regions of France. Virginie Lalere told us “When I visit this place I want to buy everything!”
So we assume that this adorable little shop is the place to go for any cute gift you might need to buy to your friends and family back home.
The passarelle at Saône river
Have a stroll along the Saône river, watching barges and even cruise boats passing by. She recommends you all to cross the river on one “passerelle” (bridge for pedestrians and bikes only) to enjoy the view.
The best way to see this wonderful city
One of the best view over Lyon city center is from Curiosités Garden. Young people have a picnic here during summertime in the evening, there is such a special atmosphere, it’s not crowded with tourists like the Fourviere church just above.
Tête d’Or and the relaxing atmosphere you need
Tête d’Or park is the biggest park of Lyon. It is also a zoo, and the entrance is free !!! During the week-ends lots of people practice running here, mums are pushing their prams, kids play on the grass. You can rent a bike and go there, and maybe go on a small boat on the lake inside the park.
Here is the map with all Virginie Lalere’s local tips so you can find yourself easier while in Lyon.
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