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Culture and leisure

Lyon and Saint-Etienne abound with activities and events. Below, you'll find a few resources to help to locate activities that interest you.

IN LYON

Gastronomy

What are the "Bouchons Lyonnais"?

The "Bouchons" are a Lyonnaise institution involving conviviality, generous portions and wine from jugs: tablier de sapeur (tripe), sheep’s feet, pig's feet, Lyon-style andouillette sausages, Lyon salad bowls, cervelle de canut, cardoon with marrow, quenelle dumplings, cervelas sausages, Lyon sausages. These are just a few of the savory regional specialities you can try in these establishments.

Toques Blanches lyonnaises

The Toques Blanches Lyonnaises association gathers together over a hundred talented chefs from Lyon and the Rhône-Alpes region. Each year, rising culinary stars join the region’s great gastronomic figures who bring this association to life.

Useful links for choosing and booking a restaurant

Culture

  • Lyon' Municipal library

France’s largest public library. Take out books, CDs and DVDs. Specialized section dedicated to learning French. Exhibitions, training courses, etc.
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  • Lyon Culture

Cultural website for the City of Lyon. All of Lyon’s current and upcoming cultural activities.
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  • Le Petit Bulletin
Le Petit Bulletin is your free weekly calendar of cultural events and leisure activities. Cinema, theatre, music, exhibitions, conferences...Everything is there and it's free!
Le Petit Bulletin is distributed throughout Lyon (shops, museums, libraries, bars, restaurants, etc.). You can also consult the program online.
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  • The museums of Lyon

Discover all Lyon’s museums.
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Going out

  • Espace Ulys events

The Espace Ulys regularly organizes special events dedicated to foreign scientists and their families. Consult our events calendar, to keep up-to-date about upcoming activities.
Go to the events calendar

  • Lyon International

Lyon International is an association that allows foreign visitors the opportunity to share a meal with families in Lyon. The association also organizes many other activities to facilitate the integration of foreigners staying in Lyon.
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  • Accueil Villes Françaises - Lyon

Accueil des Villes Françaises Lyon-Rhône is a hosting association seeking to facilitate your move to Lyon by organizing activities for newly arrived foreigners.
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  • Events with ONLYLYON ambassadors

Do you love Lyon? Then you should join the network of ONLYLYON ambassadors, who help to improve Lyon’s international influence. Special events are organized regularly for ONLYLYON ambassadors. These let you to meet new people and expand your network. What’s more, registration is free!
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Sports

  • The sports page of the official website of the City of Lyon

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  • The athletic associations of Lyon

Consult the directory of Lyon’s athletic associations, to find all the sports clubs located near your home.
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  • Running in Lyon

The runners of the website Wanarun offer you diverse downloadable routes for running in and around Lyon.
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  • Hikes and walks in the Lyon area

The Lyon Evasion website offers hiking and walking itineraries in and around Lyon, to explore the region alone, with friends or as a family.
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  • Swimming in Lyon

A list of swimming pools in Lyon.
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IN SAINT-ETIENNE

Gastronomy

France is well-known for its gastronomic specialties. Each region has its own and the Loire is no exception to this tradition.

Information to make your mouth water!

Râpés, Bugnes (donuts), Barabans salad, Fourme de Montbrison (local cheese variety), Sarasson (type of cream cheese) and Matefaim (local pastry), these are just some of the specialities to discover in Saint Etienne !

You will find more on these websites:

Eating out in Saint Etienne, find all the best restaurants:

Culture

  • Saint Etienne Greeters

Visit Saint Etienne with one of its inhabitants! Free and personalized, some Greeters also speak English!
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  • Library and media libraries of Saint Etienne

Rental of books, CDs and DVDs; Cinematheque; exhibitions, trainings, etc.
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  • Saint Etienne Culture

The cultural website of the Saint Etienne Tourist Office. All current and upcoming cultural activities in Saint Etienne; great places to go out and places to discover. Get inspired, get organized and
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  • Saint Etienne Hors Cadre
The social network for going out and discovering new places in Saint Etienne.
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  • Le Petit Bulletin

Le Petit Bulletin is your free weekly calendar of cultural events and leisure activities. Cinema, theatre, music, exhibitions, conferences... Everything is in there and it's free!
Le Petit Bulletin is distributed throughout Lyon and Saint-Etienne (shops, museums, libraries, bars, restaurants, etc.). You can also consult the program online.
Le Petit Bulletin for Saint-Etienne

  • L’Opéra de Saint Etienne

Dance, music, and much more! You can also discover behind the scenes of the opera house.
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  • Les musées de Saint Etienne

Discover all the museums in Saint Etienne
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An annual Museum Pass is available for unlimited use of the four must-see museums in the city.

Going out

  • Espace Ulys events

Espace Ulys regularly organizes special events for foreign scientists and their families. Check out our events calendar regularly for upcoming activities.
Go to the events calendar

 

  • Saint Etienne City Crunch

Great places, Great deals and Great times, the best recipe for a great stay in Saint Etienne.
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  • France voyage –Autour de Saint Etienne

All activities in Saint Etienne and the surrounding areas.
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Outings for children

The children's calendar: keeping kids busy
Created by the tourist office of Saint Etienne, this aid will help you find THE perfect activity to occupy your kids.
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Sports

  • The sports page of the official website of the City of Saint-Etienne

Tree climbing, boating, hiking, swimming pools, there is something for everyone!
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  • The sports page of the tourist office

For sports in Saint Etienne and the surrounding area
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  • Running in Saint Etienne

The runners from the website Wanarun offer you a range of downloadable routes for running in and around Saint Etienne.
Visit the website

  • Hiking and walking in and around Saint Etienne

Sainté Balades: 17 routes to discover or rediscover the city.
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  • Swimming in Saint Etienne
The list of swimming pools in Saint Etienne
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