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B & B and restaurant in Lyon

We're spending a week in the Dordogne in early September & flying back to US from Geneva...considering a night and a day tour of Lyon on the way. We'll have a car. Any suggestions for where to stay, eat, etc. (not too expensive)?

Marty

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You can drive into the center following signs for Centre-Ville and Presqu'ile, and then to Office de Tourisme and Place Bellecour. Park in the lots under Place Bellecour or Places des Celestins. Rick lists several hotels on and near Places des Celestins, such as www.globeetcecilhotel.com and www.hotel-elysee.fr.

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Marty, we will be in Lyon for a few nights in September, and I've looked into the food thing a bit. We are looking forward to checking out some of the Bouchons there, the traditional Lyon restaurants. There is an official Lyon list of them, here is a link to Michelin, which has many possibilities. We are definitely going to try Daniel et Denise but there are many that are more reasonably priced too. I've read several reviews of other, smaller places where people say that the owner comes to the table, sometimes sits with you for a bit, and talks about the menu and takes your order-very personal. I'd suggest picking a couple and then cross-referencing them on Yelp or Trip Advisor, etc. Note that some traditional Lyon and French dishes are things we are not accustomed to in America-a menu translator is a good thing to bring along.
http://travel.michelin.com/web/destination/France-Auvergne_Rhone_Valley-Lyons/news-Les_Bouchons_Lyonnais_Lyon_s_answer_to_the_tavern

As for the B & B, we found a unique spot on the Gites de France site. Here's the site, with results in Lyon for early September, have a great trip!:
http://en.gites-de-france.com/list.html?lieucgi=Lyon&INSEE=69123&deb=05%2F09%2F2014&fin=06%2F09%2F2014&nbp_min=2&lno=&lnoident=&distcomm=10

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Marty, you also may like to check out the Anthony Bourdain on CNN episode on Lyon, just aired a couple months ago. It's an interesting look at some of the food and food history in Lyon. Of course, the restaurants they visit are not places you'll find me $$$$ but interesting nonetheless.

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Hi, Marty
Definitely go to one of the bouchons. You can get the official list with links to the restaurant websites on the Lyon tourist bureau website. Not all the bouchons have exclusively just pork offal dishes. Although I personally love pig trotters and tripe.
We went to Le Viverais and had the classic pike fish quenelle with lobster sauce that was to die for. It was 19 euro at lunch.

Besides Anthony Boudain, there is a book reviewed in NY Times, Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah. She has a chapter on Lyon. She went to Chez Georges, Chez Hugon and La Fede.
Don't eat in the restaurants in the old quarter. They're just tourist traps. But the old quarter is fun to walk around.