The 12 Best Restaurants in Lyon
Located at 23 Rue de Sèze, Les Apothicaires is a renowned restaurant run by chef couple Tabata and Ludovic Mey. They met while working at one of Paul Bocuse's brasseries and have created a welcoming atmosphere in their Michelin-starred establishment. The former library space is filled with vintage objects, cookbooks, and jars, while the menu showcases their culinary journey with Latin American and Scandinavian influences. Indulge in dishes like grilled red mullet with Meyer lemon reduction and porcini mushrooms, or butternut with clementine sorbet, maple syrup, and pumpkin seeds. The sommelier team offers a mix of on-trend biodynamic wines and regional vintages.
For delicious wood-fired pizzas, head to Maria in Croix-Rousse. Their menu features eight Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked in a giant turquoise mosaic oven. Try classics like La Sanita with San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, grana Padano, and fresh basil, or go for more adventurous options like the Mergellina with Provola cheese, fior di latte, fennel sausage, cream of broccoli with ricotta and walnuts. Every week, the staff creates a new pizza, so bring a group of friends to sample as many flavors as possible. Find Maria at 1-3 Rue des Pierres Plantées.
L'Annexe Ravigote, situated at 76 Rue Mazenod, is a charming canteen run by Marie-Laure Radojewski and her team. This sunny eatery, adorned with retro school furniture and her grandmother's porcelain, is known for serving some of the best sandwiches in the city. The house specialty, Le Ravigote, features Charolais roast beef, ravigote sauce, beetroot ketchup, pickled red onion, and salad in homemade pumpkin seed brioche. Vegetarians will also find plenty of options. Enjoy a sandwich, soft drink, and dessert for an all-inclusive price of €12. You can also purchase cheeses and charcuterie from their exceptional suppliers.
Boleh Lah is the result of friends Amélie, Caroline, and Paul's dream to bring Sino-Indian mamak street food to Lyon. Located at 11 Rue Salomon-Reinach, this vibrant spot offers a short but perfectly curated menu of Malaysian cuisine. Delight in dishes such as beef rendang, char siu pork, and vegetarian nasi goreng. Start your meal with a flaky roti flatbread and dip it in dhal curry sauce. Don't miss their teh tarik, a sweet and frothy pulled milk tea, and soak in the lively atmosphere under purple neon lights.
Chef Arnaud Laverdin's Sapnà is a casual Asian-fusion bistro found between the Halles de la Martinière and the Mural of Lyonnais in the 1st arrondissement. The menu takes you on a culinary journey beyond southeastern France, featuring small plates like smoked trout gyoza, lamb satay bao burger, and Okonomiyaki with Katsuobushi and bacon. Save room for desserts prepared by pastry chef Rémy Havetz. Sapnà's inviting ambiance, with exposed brick walls, mauve velour banquettes, and touches of pine green, invites you to linger and savor the experience. Visit them at 7, rue de la Martinière.
SO6 La Saucissonnerie at Cabane
Created by Hubert Vergoin, who also brought us the popular Substrat neo-bistro, Cabane is a cozy wine cellar-meets-café. Teal blue walls and a few stools for seating create an intimate setting at 8 Rue Pailleron. Check out the SO6 La Saucissonnerie events listed on Instagram, where talented Lyonnaise chefs come together to celebrate wine, good times, and sausages. Indulge in specialties like the hot dog with fried onions and piccalilli sauce. Pair your meal with natural wines for an enjoyable experience.