5 tips to enjoy Lyon in August

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You chose to learn French in France because you also wanted to discover Lyon & the French way of life, didn’t you? After your French courses, experience Lyon as a local with suggestions from Joséphine CHARLET :

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“les bouquinistes” a book market in the heart of the city

On Sunday mornings, make sure to head out to Quai de la Pêcherie on the Saône river. There, you will find hundreds of books and comics, of all levels and interests. What better way to get an inexpensive book and make the most of a warm August morning? You can also end your stroll at Terre Adélice for a wonderful cup of ice cream (cf Bons plans de Juillet)


A refreshing break: Piscine du Rhône

Heat waves are easier to deal with if you can swim in a cool pool. Go to the Piscine du Rhône, on the banks of the Rhône river, to enjoy some refreshing water after class! If you are a student under 26, the entrance fee is 5.50 euros, 8 euros being the normal fee. In addition, the pool offers some aquatic activities, if you are interested.

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Humanity covers its head : a temporary exhibition to discover at the Musée des Confluences

The Musée des Confluences makes you travel around the world with an interesting temporary exhibition (Antoine de Galbert’s donation) on headdresses. Entrance fee is free if you are a student under 26 years old. The architecture and permanent collection are worth a visit in itself. At the end of your tour, you can also go to the tip of the “presqu’île” and take photos of the famous ONLY LYON sign! A great way to spend your afternoon.

Musée des Confluences, 86 quai Perrache, 69002. Access: Tram T1 (tramway line not working until August 25th, so hop on a bike or scooter, or visit to check out replacement buses).

Open from 11am to 7pm (10am in the weekend), every day except Mondays. Night visits possible on Thursdays until 10pm.

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Sunday recitals in the Gadagne Museum’s rooftop garden

On top of the Gadagne museum located in Vieux Lyon, there is a garden open to all, where you can enjoy a refreshing moment  away from the noises of the city. Come enjoy the lovely atmosphere while listening to two recitals featuring music from around the world.
The recitals will take place on August 4th and August 25th, consider arriving  at 4.30pm to make sure you get a spot @1 place du Petit Collège, Saint Jean Metro stop (line D)

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(So) Good food alert !! The Kitchen Café: an audacious restaurant

You are looking for a very French restaurant with good prices and delicious food? Then head out to the Kitchen Café : the chef offers menus that vary depending on the season and it’s simply amazing, and all this with affordable prices! Reservation is strongly advised as the tiny room and terrace fill up quite fast. You can also stop by in the morning or after lunch hours for a cup of coffee and house-made pastry.

Open Mon, Thur, Fri from 8am to 6.30pm, Sat/Sun 8.30am to 6.30pm. 34 rue Chevreul, 69007 Lyon. T2 tram stop Centre Berthelot, Metro B Jean Macé stop.