Street food in Lyon 

Are you a foodie looking for your next culinary adventure? 

Welcome to Lyon, France, the gastronomic capital of the world where variety is the spice of life! The city has been the starting point for many famous chefs like the American chefs Daniel Boulud and George Perrier as well as the culinary legend Paul Bocuse. 

But, while there are plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants to indulge in, Lyon’s street food scene is an absolute must and one of the best ways to experience Lyon’s food culture in general. 

In this article, we’ll discover together where to find the best street food in Lyon. 🥘 

Lyon’s Luscious Lane: A Gastronomic Journey through Street Food in Lyon

Embark on a delightful journey of savory delights as you discover the vibrant world of street food in Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital.

#1 Lyon Street Food Festival 🥪 

First up is the Lyon Street Food Festival, a food lover’s paradise held annually in the city. This festival showcases the best of Lyon’s street food scene with vendors selling every food you can dream of: from classic French dishes like croissants and baguettes to international delicacies like tacos and dumplings. 

Highlights include the bao buns and dumplings from Le Petit Cambodge, the chicken shawarma from Chez Ayman, and the crepes from La Crepe à Papa. The festival also offers you a beer garden, live music, and cooking workshops, so you’re going to have a blast. 

Come hungry and be prepared to indulge!  

#2 Best food markets in Lyon, France 🥙 

Of course, street food in Lyon is way more than just the festival experience. The city is home to a number of bustling food markets where you can find a big variety of delicious eats.  

One of the most inconic ones is Les Halles de Lyon, an indoor food market filled with vendors selling everything from cheese and charcuterie to fresh seafood and pastries. It’s the perfect spot to stock up on picnic supplies or grab a quick bite to eat while exploring the city. Try the local specialty, saucisson sec, a dried sausage that comes in a variety of flavors, and Saint-Marcellin, a soft and creamy cheese made from cow’s milk. 

Another great food market to check out is Marché de la Croix-Rousse. Find this outdoor market in the Croix-Rousse neighborhood and hosts a variety of vendors selling fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and prepared foods. It’s a great spot to grab a tasty snack to enjoy on the go. Make sure you sample some of the local cheeses and cured meats; a real treat for your taste buds. 

Our central hotel in Lyon guarantees a great starting point to discover the best food markets Lyon has to offer!

#3 Try authentic Lyonnaise food in Lyon 🍞 

But street food in Lyon offers you more than its markets and festivals with so many street vendors selling delicious snacks all over the city.  

If you’re in the mood for a quick bite, head to a boulangerie and grab a croque-monsieur; a classic French sandwich made with ham and cheese. Feeling more adventurous? Try a pan-fried quenelle, a local specialty made with fish or meat. And of course, when talking about street food in Lyon, we have to mention bouchons. These cozy bistros serve up traditional Lyonnaise dishes like sausages, tripe, and quenelles. While they’re not technically street food in the typical sense, they’re a must-try for all of you who want to experience Lyon’s culinary secrets! 

Croque monsieur

#4 More perfect food spots in Lyon 🥞 

Here are some of our top picks: 

💕 Le Glouton. This food truck serves up delicious burgers made with locally-sourced ingredients. You’ll enjoy burgers that are juicy and flavorful, and portions that are generous. 

💕 Le Fournil des Peres. If you have a sweet tooth, this bakery is for you. They offer a range of pastries, including croissants, pain au chocolat, and macarons. Great place to take the little ones if you are discovering Lyon with your family!

💕 Crêperie du Major. What’s more French than a good crepe? You can visit this cute spot to grab some authentic crepes to-go, or sit there, take a break from walking around and try mouthwatering galettes.  

💕 Antoinette Pain & Brioche. Find this boulangerie right in the heart of Lyon. It’s the perfect spot for a quick bite in between sightseeing stops. Their bread, pastries, and eclairs are mouthwatering. Try them all! 

💕 Chez Jules. A food truck that serves up classic French fare like quiches and crêpes. They also offer you a rotating selection of international dishes, so there’s always something new for you to try out. 

💕 Le Tout Petit Café. A tiny café that specializes in yummy croque-monsieurs and other types of comfort food; great for any day. 

To sum up, Lyon is a food lover’s dream come true: from the Lyon Street Food Festival to bustling food markets and street vendors serving up delicious eats. So next time you’re in Lyon, make sure to hit up the street food scene. Your taste buds will thank you! 

🛎️ Where to stay in Lyon? 

Only at the MEININGER Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot—the ideal base for your food adventures in the charming city of Lyon. 

Find us here: 7 Rue Professeur Zimmermann, 69007 Lyon, France 

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The most popular sights are easily accessible from the MEININGER Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot with Lyon Perrache train station just 1.3 km away and Part Dieu train station only 2.3 km. There are many of life's pleasures to experience including culture, shopping, food and sunsets by the river.

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