Lyon’s International City of Gastronomy will open its doors on October the 19th, 2019, in the recently renovated Grand Hôtel-Dieu.
Last updated date : 05/02/2020
Considered to be France’s Capital of Gastronomy, Lyon is renowned for the quality of its cuisine and its famous ‘bouchons’, as well as for the great diversity of its food and the inventiveness of its young chefs who are shaking up tradition.
In addition to more than 4000 restaurants and food-related events throughout the year, the city boasts exceptional terroirs in the surrounding area, with Bresse chicken, fruit and vegetables from the Monts du Lyonnais, and wine from the Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône.
Located in a building that was formerly dedicated to healthcare, the International City of Gastronomy promotes food as a source of health and well-being.
When the gastronomic meal of the French was inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010, it raised awareness of the need to promote the special place gastronomy holds in French culture and make it accessible to all.
With this in mind, Lyon is home to one of the four International Cities of Gastronomy, along with Tours, Dijon and Paris-Rungis.
A permanent exposition for children and adults
Within the architectural setting of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon, the International City of Gastronomy offers a permanent tour for all audiences.
> The « Bon Appétit » space allows visitors to discover the history and culture of Lyon’s gastronomy, through collection items.
> The « À table ! » (Let’s eat!) space is a sensory immersion into the heart of the halls and markets, terroirs and meal preparation, highlighting products, producers, recipes and the conviviality of the French dinner table.
> The « Grand Hôtel-Dieu » space illustrates the story of the building, drawing links between health and gastronomy.
> The « Et demain ? » (What about tomorrow?) space invites visitors to take a moment to reflect on the nutritional challenges of tomorrow.
> The « Atlas mondial de la Gastronomie » (World Gastronomy Atlas) is an invitation to travel through the culinary traditions of various countries.
> For the little ones, the play and learn space « Miam Miam ! » (Yum Yum!) is an exploratory journey into the world of food.
All the spaces have been designed as tactile, playful and interactive environments of discovery, for an immersive experience that is sure to surprise!
Beyond a lively environment, the International City of Gastronomy also aims to be a place to meet and be inspired, all based on the gastronomic theme.
Arrived on the top floor, the tour ends with a tasting in the kitchens. The City of Gastronomy’s resident team welcomes chefs-in-residence all year long, to celebrate flavours from around the world.
The tasting includes 3 gourmet samplers and a glass of wine, at a price of €12.
Activities for adults and children, workshops, conferences, lectures and plays will feed the global understanding we have on the link between health and gastronomy.
Temporary exhibits will be held throughout the year, with, since the end of 2019, a contemporary tribute to the painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo.