Lyon, capital of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region and third-largest city in France is home of historic architectural structures, Gothic beauty, museums, art galleries and theatres. Another phenomenal feature of this city is its gastronomical prowess. This and more are reasons why you would not want to miss experiencing Lyon. Experiencing Lyon is also visible and possible for eco-conscious tourists or travellers as Lyon is also a city of eco-friendly and sustainable establishments. Here are fun things to do, places to sleep and eat while on your next vacation at Lyon.
Lyon Urban Cocoon - €€
This hotel with its cosy and satisfying ambience is all about sustainability. Ran on 100% renewable and local electricity, Lyon Urban Cocoon uses double-flow VMC which allows ventilation of the rooms by reducing energy loss. Also, the central heating system is powered by wood (pellets) and recycling is taken very seriously. Products like toiletries, cleaning agents and condiments used within the hotel are as organic as possible. An extra is that they have a practical guide to help you find your way around Lyon while you enjoy the city in complete serenity.
Hôtel Vaubecour - €€
Located in the heart of the Peninsula, Hôtel Vaubecour is historic and stands out in elegance. From its warm spaces, the mouldings to the fireplaces, its style speaks for itself. Hôtel Vaubecour also can aid you with a guide around the city of Lyon. Their objective is to obtain the European label ECO LABEL in the medium term. They will have to monitor the production of conventional and food waste and switch to 100% green electricity, among others.
PRaiRiaL - €€€
A complete sustainable restaurant that offers meals that are inspired by nature and rich as such, PRaiRiaL grows vegetables in permaculture, while using local products from responsible small farms.
The restaurant only cooks wild fish, caught sustainably, and their wine list is exclusively made up of natural wines, free of chemicals. PRaiRiaL does not only promote recycling, it limits the use of plastic as much as possible.
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Aromatic - €€
Located in the heart of Croix-Rousse, this uniquely designed restaurant, combines the contemporary with the typical charm of exposed stones and the view of the open kitchen, giving you a privileged contact with their team. It offers inventive cuisine accompanied by a wide choice of wines, the great grape varieties, standing out.
Le Cochon Qui Boit - €€
This exquisite restaurant is a place of charm, gastronomy, and transparency. Discover its constantly renewed menu dedicated to delicately prepared contemporary delicacies and excellent wines. Fresh products from responsible gardeners and meat from well-catered animals contribute to each dish's authentic and organic features.
Quench your thirst and savour the taste of quality wine, carefully selected from prestigious winemakers in France and beyond. Besides excellent food and wine, Le Cochon Qui Boit also offers a beautiful atmosphere to share unforgettable moments with family and friends.
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Hyppairs - €€
Hyppairs is home for people with a taste for pretty things. Through their spaces (and home made furniture), discover their interior selections, outfits & accessories and much more. On display are European brands, original French creations, as well as their own brand called ''For Craft''. The restaurant makes its craft locally with organic materials, the sustainable way.
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WeDressFair - €€
Yet another plug for eco-responsible and ethical clothing, WeDressFair focuses on the female market. On display are skirts, t-shirts and jeans designed with respect for people and the environment in mind.
Picture Store Lyon - €€
Looking for organic and sustainable clothing, Picture stores have you covered. You get the style and quality through eco-responsibly manufactured items of clothing. This store is also part of the fight against climate change. From sourcing materials to production, to packaging and shipping, their company culture remains sustainability.
It is not fair to you to visit Lyon and not experience the Bartholdi Fountain for yourself. A masterpiece, located in Place des Terreaux, the fountain is a perfect spot for walks and more. You can also visit the Art Museum at one end of the square and feed your eyes on other edifices surrounding it.
Lyon Botanical Garden
If you're a lover of botany, you do not want to miss one of the largest gardens in Europe while having that sustainable weekend. One of Lyon's wonders, the botanical garden is a sight of floral splendour. Endowed with both aquatic and carnivorous exotic plant species. During your walk, you can also admire the French gardens like the greenhouses and the spectacular Virginia tulip tree, and the Ginkgo, also known as the tree of 40 crowns.