Le bouchon des Cordeliers
La tarte aux pralines © Stephanie Iguna

Bouchons lyonnais

To the capital of gastronomy

The city of Lyon is renowned across the world for its gastronomy and it boasts a large number of Michelin-starred chefs. However, in more modest, traditional restaurants known as bouchons lyonnais you can enjoy very tasty regional dishes served in simpler surrounds. These small, typical establishments serve up local specialities, with a carafe of regional wine on the side, and form an integral part of Lyon’s cultural heritage. With tightly-packed tables covered with chequered clothes and old posters featuring on the walls, the bouchons lyonnais provide an authentic, family feel.

Here, atmosphere is key! Enjoy hearty fare like quenelles (creamed, poached fish or meat balls), cervelle de Canut (fromage blanc with chopped herbs), tablier de Sapeur (tripe), coussins de Lyon (chocolate and marzipan sweets) and tarte à la praline (made with crushed, sweetened almonds). On Lyon’s central Presqu’île and in the streets of Vieux Lyon (west of the Saône), discover the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site areas as well as traditional Lyonnais cuisine. The accreditation ‘Bouchons Lyonnais’ features on certain restaurant frontages, guaranteeing quality and an authentic experience.  Find good addresses listed on the website for Lyon Tourist Office (or l’Office de Tourisme de la Métropole de Lyon).