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Les CordeliersLyon

Lyon’s architectural highlights are strewn across this meeting point of wealth, religion and gastronomy. Visit the bank headquarters and medieval church.

Centered on its namesake broad avenue, Les Cordeliers is a busy hub in the heart of Lyon. The narrow strip of land containing many of the city’s architectural gems is bordered by the waterways of the Rhône and the Saône. Try the local delicacies in the chocolate shops and cafés on this peninsula, before exploring its attractions on foot.

Emerging from the metro station, you’ll spot the Shrine of St. Bonaventure. Admire the large rose window of this medieval religious structure. Venture inside for the array of Baroque relics and works of art. Note that the former convent from which the district takes its name was destroyed in the 1798 revolution, but the church survived.

Go next door for the Palais de la Bourse, which contains the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon. The important building is topped by an elegant clock and made up of arched windows and portals.

The financial importance of the region is demonstrated by the banks lining the roads. Stroll along the wide avenues and investigate the array of boutiques and stores. You’ll find many restaurants and cafés, where you can stop and enjoy a meal and people-watch. Try the creamed fish dish, known as quenelles, which is typical of the region.

Stay into the evening and go to a bar or chocolate shop after your meal. Watch a show at the Théâtre Comédie Odéon. In the northwestern corner of the district stands the Église Saint-Nizier, built over many centuries, with two Gothic spires rising above the surrounding buildings.

Arrive via the Les Cordeliers metro station in the center of Lyon’s 2nd Arrondissement. Walk east from the Gare de Saint Paul for a few minutes, crossing the Pont de la Feuillée or the Pont Alphonse Juin, to reach this area. It is sandwiched between the districts of Griffon-Royale and Bellecour Hôtel Dieu.


Popular places to visit in Les Cordeliers

Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
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Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Learn about the history of art by browsing up to 70 rooms full of creative treasures that come from varying time periods and genres.

Place des Jacobins
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Place des Jacobins

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Lyon with a stop at Place des Jacobins. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Eglise Saint Nizier
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Eglise Saint Nizier

Enjoy a stop at Eglise Saint Nizier, an entertaining place to visit in Lyon. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Part Dieu Mall
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Part Dieu Mall

4/5(47 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Part Dieu Mall, a favorite shopping spot in Lyon. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Bellecour Square
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Bellecour Square

4.5/5(175 reviews)

Relax at a café in one of Europe’s largest open squares and enjoy the French ambiance generated by street performers and live music.

Confluence Museum
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Confluence Museum

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Confluence Museum is a top museum in Lyon with a rich history. Visit the area's shops or amble around its riverfront.

Top things to do in Les Cordeliers

Lyon City Card
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Lyon City Card

$31
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Lyon Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
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Lyon Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

$57
Per adult
Lyon Old Town Food Tour
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Lyon Old Town Food Tour

$102
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Lyon
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Vacation Photographer in Lyon

$250
Per adult
2h - Private City Tour in Electric Tuk Tuk - Local certified
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2h - Private City Tour in Electric Tuk Tuk - Local certified

$170
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Lyon
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Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Lyon

$24
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Top Hotels in Les Cordeliers

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts
Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts
4 out of 5
73-75, Rue du President Edouard Herriot, Lyon, Rhone
Free Cancellation
The price is $94 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Bellecour Square, and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Hôtel de Ville de ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (635 reviews)

"The room was clean and very comfortable. The location was great. It was hot outside and the air conditioning kept the room a comfortable temperature. The hotel staff was was pleasant and informative. I thought the room rate was as very fair."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts
Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel
Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel
4 out of 5
4 Rue De Jussieu, Lyon, Rhone
Free Cancellation
The price is $159 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Hôtel de Ville de Lyon, and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (822 reviews)

"Beautifull, location was perfect and staff excellent."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel
Hotel Silky by HappyCulture
Hotel Silky by HappyCulture
4 out of 5
2 Place Francisque Regaud, Lyon, Rhone
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $94 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon. Bellecour ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (440 reviews)

"Great hotel and location, friendly and helpful staff. No negatives"…"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Hotel Silky by HappyCulture
MAISON NÔ
MAISON NÔ
4 out of 5
11 Rue du Bât d'Argent, Lyon
The price is $138 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is steps from Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Bellecour Square and Basilica of Notre-Dame de ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (119 reviews)

"Central Location and good friendly service, and the coffee machine"…"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

MAISON NÔ
Mercure Lyon Centre Plaza République
Mercure Lyon Centre Plaza République
4 out of 5
5 Rue Stella, Lyon, Rhone
The price is $87 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bellecour Square, Hôtel de Ville de Lyon, and Lyon National Opera. Place des Terreaux and ...

4/5Very Good! (408 reviews)
Would have expected more for that price & 4 stars

"The hotel was per se ok, but for four stars I'd expect more attention to details: - Staff at reception was friendly but slow, unexperienced, with limited language skills, and not really up to the task - Shower looked cheap, dust and debris from the walls in the bathroom felt on the floor all the ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Mercure Lyon Centre Plaza République
Grand Hotel Des Terreaux
Grand Hotel Des Terreaux
4 out of 5
16 Rue Lanterne, Lyon, Rhone
The price is $150 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

Located in Lyon City Centre, this boutique hotel is steps from Place des Terreaux and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Lyon National Opera ...

4.3/5Excellent! (549 reviews)

"Lovely old building with updated clean room. Small, but ok."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

Grand Hotel Des Terreaux

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Noted for its shopping and restaurants, there's plenty to explore in 1st Arrondissement. Top attractions like Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Croix Paquet Station or Hotel de Ville - Louis Pradel Station to see more of the city.

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4.5/5Wonderful!(255 area reviews)

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La Presqu'ile
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4.5/5Wonderful!(64 area reviews)

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