Gay Lyon Guide

Discover our local Gay Lyon Guide and insiders’ recommendations, for best gay bars, clubs, restaurants, museums, monuments, shopping …

Lyon is both the gastronomic capital of France and the hidden gay capital of the French provinces. 

The vibrant and bourgeois capital of the “Gauls” (ancient tribes considered as the ancestors of French) is home to a vast and friendly gay life. 

In short, the capital of the Rhône-Alpes Region is an ideal place to meet beautiful French people. 

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The Rhône and Saône rivers cross the city, and the center is therefore located, a little like New York but with fewer skyscrapers, on a peninsula. 

On the banks of the Saône, you can discover the beautiful streets of Old Lyon and its succession of Renaissance facades. 

The neighborhood is superb, and even more beautiful at night when the streets are deserted by tourists and full of mysteries. 

A perfect place to impress your boyfriend on a romantic walk. 

Of course, you can discover Old Lyon during the mythical Festival of Lights, but you will be confronted with an endless crowd.  

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Stop for a few minutes to admire the facade of Saint John’s Cathedral, its gargoyles, martyrs, prophets, and saints. 

For a breathtaking view of the city, climb to the Fourvière Hill. You will enjoy from the terrace of the Basilica an unobstructed view of the town, the rivers, the surrounding countryside, and even the Alps when the sky is very clear. 

Back on the peninsula, you can admire the vast Place Bellecour, built in honor of Louis XIV. Hôtel-Dieu, a renovated former hospital, is now home to the City of gastronomy. 

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You will then walk to the Place des Terreaux, which is the heart of the City. 

Just behind the beautiful town hall, you can visit the L’Opera de Lyon, which was renovated a few years ago by star architect Jean Nouvel, the one who designed the phallic Agbar Tower in Barcelona

You can spend an hour or two at the superb Lyon Fine Arts Museum, which brings together both international artists of the highest caliber and the great names in Lyon art. 

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Another option is the exceptional “Musée des tissus” (Clothes museum),

which exhibits the works of Lyon’s weavers, but also productions dating back to ancient Egypt. Four thousand years of stories of fabrics, silks, frills, and lace. 

The collection is very queer, with its 18th-century ball dresses, silk collections, satin jackets in vivid colors. This is an essential place for fashions victims. 

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Behind the town hall, you can reach the slopes of the Croix Rousse, the trendy district of Lyon which reminds by its arty side, the hills of Montmartre in Paris. You will find many designer shops and art galleries. 

To start the evening, you can cross the peninsula by tramway to reach the Confluences district, a former dock area that has recently been renovated. 

Visiting the new Confluences Museum is a must. 

You will see on the Quays, a succession of new buildings with great architecture, packed with trendy restaurants and lounge bars, offering breathtaking views of the river and surrounding hills. 

Of course, don’t leave Lyon without having dinner in one of the city’s excellent restaurants, the typical “Bouchons” that serve Lyon’s specialties. 

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Gay area in Lyon

At night, return to the Town Hall and the feet of the Croix Rousse hill.

Rue Royale, despite its quiet appearances, is the epicenter of the gay community, and bars, clubs, and cruising are scattered throughout the area. 

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To know a bit more about France, you can have a look as well on our Gay City guides for Nice, Paris, Versailles, Marseille, Bordeaux or Toulouse. Or even smaller cities such as Grenoble or Lille

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