The Best Restaurants In Lyon's Cité Internationale, France

La Parc de la Tete D'or | © Matt Neale/Wikimedia Commons
La Parc de la Tete D'or | © Matt Neale/Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Oonagh Turner
9 February 2017

Cité Internationale in Lyon, France is a modern complex renowned as an innovative architectural masterpiece. The neighborhood has a plethora of top restaurants; these are some of the best.

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Le Vallée Des Rois

Located in the heart of Lyon’s Grand Casino, this contemporary kitchen is a popular choice for businessmen and women who frequent the casino after a busy day in the office. The decor is stylish in its modern and minimalist design, and staff is readily on hand for quality service. The uncomplicated menu offers a host of simple dishes, such as the classic French favorite grilled steak. There are also a selection of delectable desserts, all available for a remarkably affordable price.

70 Quai Charles de Gaulle, +33 4 78 17 53 53


This modest restaurant delivers on authentic Italian cooking and is a favorite among businessmen and women seeking light lunches. The menu features a fantastic choice of pizzas and traditional Italian antipasti, such as delicious buffalo mozzarella. There is also a range of Italian cured meats to try, from piquant sausages from Sicily to mouthwatering hams cooked in truffle oil. The rustic restaurant has a respectable wine list that contains labels from the finest Italian vineyards. For the full authentic Italian experience, finish off your meal with a grappa or limoncello.

34 Quai Charles de Gaulle, +33 4 72 44 37 18

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33 Cité

The menu at 33 Cité offers a contemporary twist on French cuisine as well as a range of diverse international dishes. The food is made from fresh, in-season ingredients and is consistently impeccably presented. The restaurant is furnished with modern fittings and an open kitchen that overlooks the entire bistro. In good weather, the space extends outside onto a pleasant shaded terrace. Customers also benefit from the extensive wine list, which offers the best labels from various regions of France. This spot is favored among businessmen and -women and open daily to accommodate the guests that flock to its doors.

33 Quai Charles de Gaulle, +33 4 37 45 45 45

Suelta Verde

For those seeking a diversion away from French food, Suelta Verde is an appropriate option. The Mexican-style restaurant serves a variety of Central American dishes such as fajitas and burritos. These are complemented by an innovative list of cocktails made from spirits sourced in Latin America. The exterior is decorated in bold, vibrant colors, bringing a touch of the Latin American vitality to Lyon. There is even a portrait of notable Mexican artist Frida Kahlo on the wall.

45 Quai Charles de Gaulle, +33 4 72 82 08 87

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Les Coulisses

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, French, $$$
Les Coulisses has a dramatic interior with slate grey walls and modern furniture. The softly lit rooms also bring a modern aesthetic. The restaurant serves colorful Japanese-style sushi presented artistically, brightening the restaurant. For modest prices, Les Coulisses is a fantastic option for customers who want a light dinner before sampling some of the wines and innovative cocktails on offer. The restaurant doubles up as a popular bar and nightclub and is heavily frequented on the weekends.

Le Bistrot Rive Gauche

Situated in the Hotel Crown Plaza, this bistro is an excellent choice for customers who are looking for the taste of traditional French cooking. World-renowned chef Gregory Felix rotates the menu several times every year, to ensure consistently exciting dishes made only from seasonal produce. Specialties include the traditional French beef tartare and trout filet. The taste of the food is enhanced by the pleasant views from the outside terrace that overlooks the verdant grasslands of Tête D’Or park. Try this spot for a break from the hustle and bustle of Lyon’s business district.

22 Quai Charles de Gaulle, +33 4 78 17 86 86

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