Each district in Lyon has different shopping hours. While shops in Vieux Lyon tend to be open on Sundays and closed on Mondays (also Tues and even Wed in low season), shops in the 2nd district tend to have more traditional Monday or Tuesday to Saturday openings with lunchtime and Sunday closures.
Vieux Lyon is home to art galleries and one-off boutiques. 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 on weekends. Antic Wine is one of the best and most amusing wine shops in France, at 18 rue du Boeuf (tel. 04-78-37-08-96).
The wide avenues of the 2nd district focus upon designer and high-street brands. 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. Fit in a visit to cheese specialist La Crémerie de Charlie at 9 rue du Plat just off place Bellecour (www.lacremeriedecharlie.com; tel. 04-78-60-11-24; Tues–Sat 9am–1pm and 3–7:30pm) where you can taste a wide selection including Ardoise and Savoie cheeses.
The largest shopping center in Lyon is 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) with more than 235 boutiques.
A good time to go shopping in Vieux Lyon is 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. The best organic food markets are Marché de la Croix-Rousse at 73 rue de Belfort (Sat 6am–1:30pm) and Marché du Soir Place Ambroise Courtois (Wed 3pm–8pm) just near Lumière Museum in the 3rd district. The best flower and food markets are Marché Victor Augagneur on Quai Victor Augagneur (Fri–Sun 6am–12:30pm; Thurs 2pm–8pm) and place Carnot (Wed 3–7:30pm) in the 2nd district.
Scattered around the city are workshop-boutiques that produce and showcase Lyon’s artistic talents. Lyon’s silken past is explored at L’Atelier de Soierie, 33 rue Romarin (www.atelierdesoierie.com; tel. 04-72-07-97-83), where you watch silk carrés being printed using traditional Lyonnais techniques before browsing the scarves on display in the neighboring boutique. Meanwhile, our favorite workshop is the new LafabriQ, 106 montée de la Grande Côte (www.lafabriq.fr; tel. 04-26-02-07-77) that brings together the talents of five creators: jeweler Noémie who brings humor to her Him&Herz silver and brass collection; Pascaline who crochets her Honey&Milk decorative objects and accessories; Laurène who designs contemporary jewelry; Julia who makes tote bags and stationery; and Anne-lise who produces paintings and brightly-colored jewelry.
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