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Aug 5, 2013 12:10 PM

Lyon - a few specific recommendations

Hi again,
I figure it's best to split these requests regionally, but if you haven't read my other requests, I traveling to Paris from Toronto Canada. We have a few days in Lyon and while I have all my dinners already booked, I have just finished a daily itinerary so I need to fill in the gaps with meals close by.
Saturday Sept 7- a great pastry/boulangerie close by our hotel Cour des Loges 2-8 Rue du Bœuf.
Sunday Sept 8- lunch around Croix Rousse area.
Monday Sept 9- again, another place close by our hotel for coffee and a pastry.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. In Croix Rousse, it's not fancy or exceptional but for well-prepared bourgeois fare, we very much enjoyed Brasserie des Croix Roussiens at 2 Rue Belfort. Nothing touristic; just neighbors enjoying their local brasserie.

    1. Cafe Mokxa is a coffee shop with tasty lunch and brunch items. Here is their web site. in Croix Rousse.

      You might like to do a walking tour or cooking class (or combo) with Lucy Vanel of Plum Kitchen. She is located in Croix Rousse, as well.

      1. Thank you! Ill check those out. Any good boulangeries for us near the hotel?

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        1. re: hungryabbey

          I've never stayed in that neighborhood, so I'm not aware of any. The Old Town is not noted for food though. It's pretty touristy. Cour des Loges is a beautiful hotel.

          If you cross the Saone on the St. Vincent footbridge, though - and that's not too far - you'll come upon the boulangerie St. Vincent (more popularly known as "Bob's") They have wonderful everything there. And it is close to the famous mural.

        2. Cour Des Loges is one of my favorite hotels anywhere; and the concierge, Gerard (if I recall correctly), is one of the best there is. You can trust Gerard.

          Also, there is a great outdoor food market, not in the old town, but not too far a walk. I believe the market operates multiple days a week.

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          1. re: fishskis

            That would be the market on the Quai St. Antoine on the Centre Ville side of the Saone. Here's a link to a description of the market:

            1. re: ChefJune

              Thank you! I am going to look into this- maybe for breakfast one morning!

              1. re: hungryabbey

                Trust the Concierge at Cour Des Loges.
                Unless things have changed in 3 years take a small reading light.
                Great Hotel, very dim lighting
                There is a wonderful local cheese that we were introduced to at an excellent husband and wife run Restaurant close to the Hotel, Les Retrouvalles.
                The cheese is St. Marcellin and it is regional.
                Have been told that it doesn't travel well,
                we purchased it at the market, some fruit and a baguette and had a delightful Lunch.

                1. re: erly

                  You are right that St. Marcellin doesn't travel well. When I'm in Lyon and area I eat it every chance I get. It is my favorite soft cheese ever.

                  FWIW, the best (imho) St. Marcellin is that of Renée Richard. Many restaurants serve her cheese, but you can buy it for yourself at her shop in the Les Halles Paul Bocuse marketplace.

                  1. re: ChefJune

                    fabulous thank you! I will definietly do that. I do have plans to visit the market.