The Top Things To Do And See in Perrache, Lyon

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Andreea Pavaloiu

Lyon is a city filled with charm, offering something for all. From breathtaking panoramic views to its impressive museum, theaters and famous dance theatre, this is truly a city full of life. Lyon’s Perrache quarter is the southern-most point of the Presqu’Ile, to the south of the Ainay quarter, owing its name to Michel-Antoine Perrache, who decided to modify the confluence and push it to the south. Let’s take a look at the top activities in the area…

Théâtre des Célestins

Théâtre Des Célestins

This venue is arguably the most beautiful theater hall of Lyon. Listed as a historical building, the theater is open for tours and sightseeing visits outside of performance times. Dating back to 1881, the building’s magnificent interior is an ode to the Classic and Baroque styles. The lushly decorated central foyer, the graceful atrium and the main theatre all make for an exceptional site to behold. Today, this unique space stands testimony to Lyon’s rich cultural life. While you’re there, make sure to catch one of their plays – they come highly rated.

Théâtre Des Célestins, 4 rue Charles Dullin, Presqu’Ile, 2ème arrondissement Lyon, France, +334 72 77 40 00

Place Bellecour

Located on the Presqu’Ile, this piece of land has served various purposes over the years. The third largest square in France and the largest pedestrian square in Europe, this mythical site has a rich past and has to be a must on your travel list. Known as Bella Curia until the 13th century, it only became a public square in the 17th century. Ruined during the revolution, it was reconstructed in 1802 at Napoleon’s order. It is an ideal place for walks, as you pass by the equestrian statue of Louis XIV and the Petit Prince, along with a clutch of fantastic bistros and al fresco cafes.

Place Bellecour, Perrache, Lyon, France

Hôtel de Ville

Built in the 17th century, this city hall has an extraordinary façade on Place des Terreaux. Its most notable feature is the King Henry IV on horseback sculpture. Designed by architect Simon Maupin, this masterpiece is lavishly decorated in a Baroque style. That said, what really turns this place into a palace are the gilding and wreaths all around. You can stroll through the hallways of Lyon’s headquarters of major decisions, and, for the grand finale, view the famous fountain of Bartholdi and Soils.

Hôtel de Ville, 1 Place de la Comédie, Lyon,France

TGV in Lyon-Perrache Railway Station

Gare de Lyon – Perrache

One of France’s earliest railway stations, Perrache station is a true historical destination, worth seeing in itself. Just a short walk away from Place Bellacour, it is more popular with tourists staying in the city centre. The station was opened in 1855, and the building was built in classical style, being composed of a double rooftop and a large passenger building. Although improvements and modernization works have somewhat changed the original look of the area, the station has kept much of its original features.

Gare de Lyon, 14 Cours de Verdun Rambaud, Lyon, France

La Brasserie George

Brasserie Georges

An authentic place that adds a dash of individuality to Lyon’s gastronomic scene, this one boasts a unique atmosphere and an Art Deco dining hall. This little venue in Perrache quarter is always busy with locals and tourists alike. Opened in 1836, the Brasserie has witnessed the rise and fall of an Empire, three wars and four republics! The menu is quite complex, including crustaceans, steak as well as traditional French dishes that will keep you coming back for more!

Brasserie Georges, 30 Cours de Verdun Perrache, Lyon,France , +33 4 72 56 54 54

The Museum Of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in Europe. Located right in the heart of Lyon, between the Rhône and Saône rivers, it is housed in an impressive building dating back to the 17th century. Over 70 rooms offer visitors collections and exhibitions sampling art from antiquity to modern times. The museum is a living entity, being constantly enriched through an active acquisiton policy that relies heavily on collectors, art lovers and donors.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, 20 place des Terreaux, Lyon, France

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