The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Lyon, According to a Local Food Blog

Lyon is known globally as France’s gastronomic capital
Lyon is known globally as France’s gastronomic capital | © Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo
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20 February 2020
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From exuberant truffled eggs benedict to exquisite chocolate tarts, here are the best places to enjoy breakfast and brunch in Lyon, according to noted food bloggers from Lyon Foodies.

From freshly baked pastries to glorious, Michelin-star tasting menus, Lyon is known globally as France’s gastronomic capital. Clearly, it isn’t hard to get a good meal at any time of the day, and breakfast is no exception.

Lyon offers a picturesque backdrop to your french toast or eggs benedict | © Renato Granieri / Alamy Stock Photo

The breakfasts and brunch options in Lyon hit all the subgenres: there are boozy brunches, light lunches, and indulgent meals. You can dine on truffle-filled dishes on sunny patios overlooking Lyon’s quiet streets, or dig into flaky pastries in the heart of Vieux Lyon.

Who better to guide an early-morning culinary tour of the city than Lyon’s most notable food bloggers? The trio of bloggers behind Lyon Foodies, Virginie, Emi and Aurelie, share their experiences dining through Lyon’s rich culinary scene on their popular Instagram page. Here are their nine recommendations to go for breakfast or brunch in Lyon.

From flaky pastries and traditional sweet tartes, to eggs benedict and cheese fondant sandwiches, the city has an extensive selection of breakfast spots to try | © ifeelstock / Alamy Stock Photo

Bartholome

Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Cafe, French
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Bartholome, in the first arrondissement, caters particularly well to the brunch crowd. “It’s all about fresh products, colourful dishes, and super quality – and price!” says Lyon Foodies. Plus, Bartholome is in a great spot, as it’s “ideally located in the city centre”. Pancakes are fluffy and stacked high, and french toast is sprinkled with pistachios and homemade whipped cream. Be sure to order the golden latte made with curcuma (turmeric), ginger and cinnamon.

Estanco

Cafe, Juice Bar, French
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“If you want a healthy (but gourmet) brunch, try Estanco,” says Lyon Foodies. “We’d love to give a special mention to the charcoal bagels and cold-pressed juices.” The café focusses on fresh ingredients with plenty of healthy and nutritious dishes on the menu. The small space is especially adept at vegan and vegetarian fare, like chia bowls and detox soups.

Traboule

Restaurant, French
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Traboule is described by Lyon Foodies as “a food court a la Lyonnaise.” The Lyon food blog explains that “they start their brunches on Sunday with an all-you-can-eat menu.” Serving poke bowls, caramel rice puddings, falafels, frites de quenelles (a local dish of dumpling fries), beef tartare, and of course the brunch staples of eggs, bacon, and waffles: they have it all. Opening their doors in 2018, Traboule is a perfect spot for an indulgent brunch.

Les Desjeuneur

Cafe, Restaurant, American, French, $$$
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As the name suggests (it translates to ‘lunch’ in French), Le Desjeuneur serves American brunch classics, with a French touch. Nestled in the Croix-Rousse, expect banana pancakes, hot apple cider, granola sprinkled with hazelnuts, and huevos rancheros. All week long expect boozy, languid brunches and friendly servers. This breakfast spot is particularly packed on weekends so be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Kaova

Cafe, French
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With an interior filled with chic minimalist Scandinavian design, Kaova Cafe is a peaceful, pleasant place to dine on a lazy weekend morning. It lacks the vivacious, packed nature of a boozy brunch, but the casual, take-out or dine-in menu shines a light on simple quiches and pastries made with love. Brewed drinks of lattes and espressos are particularly exemplary.

Café Anne

Cafe, French
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The menu at the cosy and casual Café Anne changes frequently, so repeat visits will always come with surprises and new dishes to try. For €20 (£16.80), diners can dig into plates of salty sausages, eggs, ham, cheese fondant sandwiches, granola, and brioche pulled fresh from the oven. Be sure to order one of their velvety coffees and fresh-pressed juice.

27 Madeleine

Cafe, Restaurant, Bar, French, $$$
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27 Madeleine is particularly popular with a hip younger crowd, who flock to this decadent, Champagne-laden brunch spot every weekend on a quiet street in Victor Bach-St Louis. Try the eggs benedict accompanied with creamy salmon hollandaise, and hard boiled eggs, topped with a spoonful of truffle shavings and served with ham, butter and brioche. Head here when the sun shines as there is a spacious backyard patio fit for larger groups.

Les Mauvaises Herbes

Cafe, Vegetarian, $$$
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Vegetarians rejoice: this airy Croix-Rousse spot serves up the best vegetarian brunches in town. For €25 (£21) you will get a savoury plate, a sweet plate, a cold drink (which includes their fresh juices) and a hot beverage (choose between coffees and teas). Spreads include a variety of creative tartines including avocado, garlic potato, courgette, or carrot purée. Be sure to leave room for their sweets treats, which include lemon cake and coconut tartes. Menus accommodate and embrace vegans and the gluten-conscious as well.

Sur le Bout de la Langue

Cafe, Pastries, French, $$$
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A visit to Sur le Bout de la Langue is akin to a masterclass in pastries. They serve beautifully presented tarts, crisp ganache, and, of course, Lyon’s favourite dish of lemony bugnes (a doughnut-like sweet treat). For a main meal, expect breakfast plates of orange juice, homemade bread, tartlets, fresh cheeses, bacon, granola bowls, kiwi and chocolate tarts. The airy outdoor patio is perfect for whiling away a sunny French morning.

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