1) Visit the zoo in Parc de la tête d’or – The Parc de la tête d’or is the biggest and most beautiful park located in Lyon. The park reminds me a lot of Central Park. This 19th-century park is filled with beautiful statues, tall trees, flowers, fountains and also the coolest zoo that is open all-year-round. It’s a great place to go for an afternoon stroll or even for a run. At the zoo, you can pet ponys, see girafes, bears, monkeys and a handful of other beautiful animals that live outdoors in beautifully crafted habitats. The zoo is vast and is surrounded by lush gardens. A beautiful place for kids and for kids at heart 😉
2) Have an ice cream at the Grand café des Négociants – Around since 1864, the Grand café des Négociants has been a hot spot in Lyon for artists, politicians and traveling salesmen who come to discuss and enjoy either a drink or a homemade ice cream. The café is decorated with the most beautiful mirrors, moulded ceilings, drapes and paintings. You will find it located right in the heart of the business and arts district on the Lyon peninsula.
3) Spend time in La Croix-Rousse – If you’re looking for a trendy spot to spend the afternoon or even to stay (they’ve got the most beautiful Canu loft apartments available for rent on airbnb that you can get for $50 a night!), you have to visit La Croix-Rousse. The area is filled with lot’s of yummy cafés, patisseries, restaurants, bars and shops. The architecture is also incredibly beautiful in the area. Paddy’s Corner, L’atelier du Boulanger, La brasserie des écoles and the weekly market are some local favorites.
4) Go for a walk or a run on Quai Rambaud in the Confluences – Les Confluences is a brand new area of Lyon that has been around for two years or so. They recently inaugurated a the Confluences Museum in December and there is also a huge shopping area that was recently developed on the waterfront with hotels and also restaurants. The Quai Rambaud, is located just a few minutes of walk from there. It’s where you’ll also find the trendy new bar and exposition spot La Sucrière. On the quai, you’ll also find a bunch of barges. It’s also a popular place for running amongst locals.
5) Take a ride on the big wheel at Place Bellecour. If you’re looking for one of the best views of the city, take a ride on the big wheel located on the Place Bellecour. It allows you to see not only the peninsula but also get a view of both rivers that surround Lyon. It’s only 8 Euros per adult for the ride.