Vieux Lyon has an array of art galleries and one-off boutiques. Shops in Vieux Lyon tend to be open on Sundays, while they are usually closed on Mondays (also Tues and even Wed in low season). A good day to go shopping in Vieux Lyon is on Sunday morning when the Marché de la Création takes place on nearby Quai Romain Rolland along the banks of the River Saône—more than 150 artists come to show their jewelry, ceramics and sculptures while poets and musicians give live performances.
With its dazzling array of tartes au praline, the best baker in the area is Boulangerie du Palais (8 rue du Palais; [tel] 04-78-37-09-43) where you’ll always find a queue of locals at weekends. Antic Wine is one of the best and most amusing wine shops in France, at 18 rue du Boeuf (www.anticwine.com; [tel] 04-78-37-08-96).
The wide avenues of the 2nd district are home to designer and high-street brands. This district tends to have more traditional Monday to Saturday openings with lunchtime and Sunday closures, although some shops are also closed on Mondays too. The densest concentrations of retail shops lie in the streets leading north of place Bellecour. The Southern end of rue du Président Edouard Herriot is home to sought-after international brands from Louis Vuitton to Mont Blanc. Around the corner lies our favorite shopping street in Lyon: rue des Archers. Here you’ll find chic Parisian clothes brands for adults and children, as well as two of Lyon’s award-winning chocolate shops: Bouillet at no. 14 (www.chocolatier-bouillet.com; [tel] 04-78-42-98-40) and Bernard Dufoux at no. 15 (www.chocolatsdufoux.com; [tel] 04-72-77-57-95). Linking rue du Président Edouard Herriot with rue de la République, the historic Passage de L’Argue, designed by architect Farge in 1827, houses long-established merchants of hats, umbrellas, knives and shaving brushes.
South of place Bellcour, antiques dealers concentrate around rue Auguste-Comte. Also consider venturing to the Cité des Antiquaires, 117 bd. de Stalingrad (www.cite-antiquaires.fr; [tel] 04-72-69-00-00) in the 6th district, with more than 100 dealers spread over two floors, and merchandise from the 18th century to the 1950s. It’s open Thursdays and weekends from 10am to 7pm.
More than 235 shops and boutiques fill the largest shopping center in Lyon, the Centre Commercial La Part-Dieu, 17 rue du Dr. Bouchut in the 3rd district (www.centrecommercial-partdieu.com; [tel] 04-72-60-60-62).
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