Things to do in Lyon: Fanzone in Place Bellecour

The fanzone will be held in Lyon's Place Bellecour

Visiting Lyon for this summer's football tournament?

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Join the fans at the official Fanzone in Place Bellecour.

Home to the football club, Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon is set up to host no fewer than six football matches for this year's tournament. The local stadium, Stade de Lyon, is a fairly new addition to the city and can be found to the east of the city centre.

As France's third largest city, there's so much to do in Lyon and it's in a great position to host this summer's football. The city centre, as well as hosting the Fanzone, is a fascinating mix of buildings, from its modern commercial hub, Confluence, to the Renaissance Vieux Lyon district, near to the river Saône. We've picked a few of our favourite things to see and do in the city, helping you to get the most from Lyon during your visit, for this summer's football event.

The fanzone will be held in Lyon's Place Bellecour © Image by Flickr user Dennis Jarvis

Fanzone

The official Lyon Fanzone will be held at the central location of Place Bellecour. Showing all matches of the football tournament, the Place Bellecour Fanzone will be able to hold tens of thousands of football fans this summer, so if you're travelling to Lyon, you'll want to be there! There will also be entertainment on offer for visitors to Lyon, so prepare for a truly special event.

What to do

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Covering an amazing 290 acres, Lyon's urban Parc de la Tête d'Or can be found in the heart of the city, in the 6th arrondissement. It's France's largest urban park, and is well worth visiting if you're travelling to Lyon this summer. You'll find a beautiful lake with rowing boats to rent, aromatic rose gardens, a fun zoo, which is great for all ages, and there's even a puppet theatre. The small zoo is home to elephants, deer and giraffes, to name just a few species. If you're travelling with any young football fans, take the miniature train around the park to get the best views.

The beautiful Parc de la Tête d'Or in Lyon.
The beautiful Parc de la Tête d'Or in Lyon.© Connie Ma

Fourvière Hill

With sweeping views over the city, Fourvière Hill is the best place to see Lyon on a clear, sunny day. The district of Fourvière is located to the west of Lyon's colourful old town, Vieux Lyon, with the prominent hill serving as a popular spot for visitors who want to get the best views of the city. The hilltop boasts a beautiful basilica with a statue of the Virgin Mary. There's also a Gallo-Roman museum to visit and, further down the hill, amazing Roman ruins and gardens.

The basilica atop Fourvière Hill.
The basilica atop Fourvière Hill.© Dennis Jarvis

Where to eat

Restaurant Le Musée

If you're looking for hearty, traditional French cuisine, a visit to Restaurant Le Musée is a must. Hidden down a small street, Rue des Forces, the restaurant offers a cosy atmosphere with its checked tablecloths, and serves up classic Lyonnaise dishes such as pork in a rich onion sauce, rabbit pate and crème brûlée. The staff are friendly and accommodate English speakers, but always appreciate it when guests try a little French! The hand-written menu changes daily, and even features vegetarian dishes such as roasted peppers with goat cheese.

Le Sud

Lyon is famous for being the home of celebrated chef, Paul Bocuse. When in town for the football, it seems only fitting to sample some of his cuisine! One of his more recent pursuits is the brasserie, Le Sud. It's a wonderful eatery to visit in the summer, with spacious outdoor seating, while the set lunch and dinner menus offer up superb value for money, giving you the chance to taste Paul Bocuse's world-renowned cooking without breaking the bank.

Dine on delicious cassoulet.
Dine on delicious cassoulet. © Connie Ma

Where to drink

Wallace Bar

For a simple pub that serves up craft beers and ales alongside portions of fish and chips, head to Wallace Bar. During the football this summer, it's sure to be packed with fans who will either be celebrating or commiserating the most recent match. With a number of televisions showing all the latest sporting events, you can take a break from the Fanzone and chill out here for an evening, and still not miss the game. Located in the heart of Lyon's old town, you can't miss it.

Brooklyn Bar

Serving up inventive cocktails and delicious tapas, Lyon's Brooklyn Bar is a trendy option for anyone looking for a sophisticated drink while in town. Inside, the bar is stylishly decorated, while bartenders serve up cocktails to suit each and every taste. Find your new favourite cocktail, or enjoy the bar's extensive wine collection with the help of the knowledgeable bar staff.

Where to stay

Hotel des Celestins

A traditional and well-kept hotel, the Hotel des Celestins is in the centre of Lyon, perfectly located for the Fanzone and a short walk from the city's old town. Housed in a historic building, the hotel is full of character and offers breakfast for a reasonable price. Dine on fresh pastries, brioche, fruit and yoghurt before a busy day watching the football. While the hotel is centrally located, it's nice and quiet, allowing you to get a good night's sleep after a long day.

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