Are you going on an upcoming vacation to Lyon?

Then you’ll have to start planning!

Lyon is the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France.

The French city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is bursting with romance.

We’ve had a look at hundred of activities in Lyon to see what’s the most suitable for couples.

If you’re planning an intimate getaway to Lyon with your partner, keep reading this list for 25 most romantic things to do in Lyon.

1. Lyon Vacation Photo Sessions

Celebrate your love for one another through a romantic Lyon photo shoot.

There are all kinds of photography sessions available to couples.

Each session comes with a local photographer who will take you to the best spots for photos in the city.

Pose by the river or in front of a famous palace.

At the end of the session, you’ll come away with an online gallery of photos to bring home with you. 

You’ll never forget your time in Lyon thanks to your photo session.

Inclusions for most sessions

  • Digital photo gallery
  • Local photographer

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2. Lyon by Pedicab

Discover Lyon by pedicab with your partner by your side.

This ultra fun mode of transportation will have you and your partner whizzing around the city.

A pedicab tour is a great option if you only have a short time in Lyon.

Tours will take you places where a crowded bus can’t go.

Expect to visit everywhere from Place Bellecour to the historic Theatre des Celestins and Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste.

Along the way, your local guide will teach you all about the history of Lyon and its many attractions.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Inclusions: Local guide, hotel pick up and drop off, entry fees.

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3. Lyon Electric Bike Adventure

When in Europe, do as the Europeans do!

Explore Lyon with your partner on a state of the art electric bike.

This romantic Lyon bike tour will allow you to fully experience France’s culinary capital.

Your ride will begin along the Rhône and Saône Rivers and then take you through the Golden Head Park.

You’ll stop and visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Theatres Romains de Fourviere along the way.

During the tour, you’ll also get to indulge in a food tasting (either cold cuts and cheeses or homemade cake – you decide!). 

Tour details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure Point: Near the Palais de Justice, central Lyon
  • Departure Times: 9:30 am or 2:30 pm
  • Inclusions: Local guide, food tasting, bike and helmet rental

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4. Hop-On Hop-Off Lyon Experience

Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to the Lyon Hop-on Hop-off Bus.

Get the lay of the land in Lyon on this bus tour.

The double decker bus offers travelers a unique perspective on the city.

The bus stops at 14 of Lyon’s biggest attractions and you have the option of disembarking at any one of them.

Stops include Place Bellecour, Quai Saint-Vincent, Quai Perrache, Cours Charlemagne, Rue Pauline-Marie Jaricot, Quai de la Pêcherie, and more.

Audio commentary in 8 different languages is available to all.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Inclusions: Audio commentary, free WiFi on board

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5. Lyon Segway City Tour

Sightsee in Lyon via segway!

This intimate Lyon Segway City Tour will have couples gliding all over the city.

The tour will begin with a meet and greet with your guide.

You’ll then be given a quick training session, so not to worry if you’ve never ridden a segway before.

Your day will begin along the banks of the Rhone River.

Then you’ll cross the river to reach the city centre.

You can expect to pass by the National Opera, Place des Terreaux, and many other Lyon attractions along the way.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Departure Point: Mobilboard Lyon, 29 Quai Dr Gailleton, 69002 Lyon
  • Inclusions: Use of segway and helmets

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6. Traboules of Lyon

Calling all history buffs!

Discover Lyon as it was during the Roman Empire.

That’s right, the history of Lyon dates that far back!

Back then the city was completely different than it is today.

One fascinating feature of Lyon was its series of passageways, otherwise known as traboules.

This tour will allow you to see Lyon as it was 500 years ago, taking you right into the depths of these passageways.

From its history and architecture to its culture, you’ll be able to learn all about Lyon’s past as it relates to the Roman Empire.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Departure Point: 6 Place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon

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7. Explore Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)

Old Lyon is regarded by many to be the most beautiful part of Lyon.

It is located at the foot of Fourviére Hill, right on the river.

The neighborhood is filled with Renaissance-era monuments and medieval churches.

You’ll also love strolling alongside the pastel-coloured shops and apartment buildings. 

You’ll truly feel as though you’ve stepped back in time while walking through Old Lyon.

And there will be plenty of photo opps for you and your partner.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Food tastings

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8. Beaujolais Gourmet Wine Discovery

Southern Beaujolais is known around the world for its incredible wine.

If you love love wine, then exploring this region is a must.

This romantic half-day tour will allow you to escape to the French countryside.

Your day begins with an introduction to wine tasting, followed by a trip to the medieval village of Oingt.

To end the tour, you’ll be treated to even more wine and a “machon” (silk worker’s breakfast). 

There’s even an option to turn this into a segway tour and explore this popular wine region!

Inclusions for most tours

  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Air conditioned vehicle
  • Wine tastings

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9. Lyon Les Halles Market (Les Halles Paul Bocuse)

Live like a local and wander around Lyon Les Halles Market with your partner.

This Lyon staple was opened by Paul Bocuse in 1970.

Today, the market is made up of almost 60 shops.

Many of these shops are well-known by the Michelin guide.

You can find almost anything you can dream of here.

Poultry, seafood, cheeses, fruit, vegetables – they have it all! 

Whether you’re looking for dinner or want to buy a few items for a picnic, you’re guaranteed to be able to find it here.

The Les Halles Market is perfect for a casual romantic date.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Food tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Profesional guide
  • Transportation
  • Taxes and fees
  • Entry fees

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10. Lyon Gourmet Experience

In case you don’t know, Lyon is the culinary capital of France.

It is the perfect place to join an authentic food tour and try real French food.

This half day food tour of Old Town includes multiple culinary tastings.

You’ll also receive a full lunch prepared with fresh ingredients.

A local guide will take you around to all the must-see places, while teaching you about Lyon’s culinary heritage.

Throughout the tour, you will receive a total of 6 tasting breaks and more than 10 dishes to try.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Lunch
  • Coffee or tea
  • Bottled water
  • Taxes and fees

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11. Pastry Tour

Is dessert your favorite meal of the day?

Then you will love this Lyon gluten-free pastry tour.

France is famous for its patisserie and this tour allows you to try it for yourself.

The day begins with a complimentary cup of coffee or tea.

This is followed by a visit to a number of Lyon’s best gluten-free pastry shops (perfect for people with gluten sensitivities).

At each pastry shop, you’ll get to meet the owner of the shop and sample some delicious pastries.

If you’re just after a light snack on your romantic date in Lyon, this is the ideal tour for couples.

Tour details

  • Departure Point: Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, 20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon
  • Inclusions: Snacks (pastry tasting)

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12. Ferris Wheel at Bellecour Square

Surprise your partner with a ride on Lyon’s very own ferris wheel.

This ferris wheel stands 60 metres tall.

It operates year round and is located in Bellecour Square.

Bellecour Square is the heart of Lyon and dates back to the 18th century.

From the top of the ferris wheel, you’ll be treated to beautiful views of Lyon and its rivers.

The view is even more magnificent when everything, including the ferris wheel itself, is lit up at night.

Couple can take plenty of romantic selfie photos as you rotate around the wheel in your own capsule, with Lyon city in the background. 

Ferris Wheel details

  • Address: Place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon, France
  • Opening hours: Daily 11 am to 10 pm

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13. Ancient Theatre of Fourvière

If you’re a fan of Ancient Roman history, then you’re going to want to visit this amphitheatre.

Lyon’s Ancient Theatre of Fourvière is the oldest Roman theatre in all of France.

It was originally constructed under orders from Augustus.

But it wasn’t actually completed until 17 B.C.

The theatre was built to hold up to 10,000 people.

Today, just the ruins remain and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site open to the public.

Learn about Lyon’s Roman past and see a part of ancient history in person.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Air conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick up and drop off

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14. Tête d’Or Park

Tete d’Or is a must-see for all nature-loving couples.

This expansive park spans a whopping 289 acres.

It was originally opened in 1856 and designed by Denis Bühler.

In addition to the beautiful park grounds, it also houses a world-renowned botanical garden.

The botanical garden has more than 20,000 plant varieties, making it one of the most romantic places to visit in France.

There is also a rose garden and a zoological area with animals, including zebras, giraffes, and antelopes.

Tête d’Or Park Details

  • Opening Hours: Daily 6:30 am to 8:30 pm
  • Activities: train tours, pony rides, Balad’or bikes, Le grand carrousel.

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15. Le Parc des Hauteurs

There’s nowhere better for a romantic walk in the park than Le Parc des Hauteurs.

This Lyon park is located on Fourviere hill.

Thus, it offers beautiful views of the city and rivers down below.

The park is one of Lyon’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

And when you walk through it, you will see why.

Landscaped gardens, historic structures, and tree-lined lanes can be found throughout, making the park a perfect place for a romantic walk.  

This is the ideal spot to relax after a busy day of sightseeing in Lyon.

Details

  • Address: Esplanade de Fourviere, 69005 Lyon
  • Opening hours: 7:45 am – 7:15 pm daily

16. Rosa Mir Garden

In the 4th arrondissement is where you’ll find the Rosa Mir Garden.

This spectacular garden is like nothing you’ve seen before.

It is popular among couples and is sure to delight all who visit.

The Rosa Mir Garden was created by Jules Senis, a bricklayer and refugee of the Spanish Civil War.

The architectural structure of the garden was inspired by places in Spain that Senis had visited.

The garden consists of nearly 5,000 plants that were imported from the Mediterranean.

Details

  • Address: 87 Grande Rue de la Croix-Rousse, 69004 Lyon
  • Opening hours: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm Saturday only

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17. Croix-Rousse District

If you and your partner love discovering hidden neighborhoods, then you have to visit the Croix-Rousse District.

The Croix-Rousse is a bohemian district on a hill.

Back in the 18th century, it was at the centre of the city’s silk industry.

Today, it is filled with leafy squares and unique traboules that make for a fascinating walking tour.

It also boasts many gourmet patisseries, as well as trendy wine bars and art galleries.

Many of the bars and restaurants offer beautiful views of the river.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Round-trip transportation

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18. Le Hameau Duboeuf

Le Hameau Duboeuf is a wine theme park.

(Yes, you read that right!)

In fact, Le Hameau Duboeuf is the largest wine theme park in all of Europe.

It is spread over 30,000 square metres and is located in the Beaujolais wine region.

The theme park includes multiple interactive exhibits on wine, including the story of the region’s vineyards and their winemaking techniques.

There is also a 4D cinema and an adventure golf course on-site for those looking for non-wine related activities.

Details

  • Address: 796 La Gare, 71570 Romaneche-Thorins
  • Opening hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily

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19. Lyon Opera House

The Lyon Opera House is an architectural marvel.

Your jaw is sure to drop when you see the building’s combination of 18th century and modern architecture.

Beyond the facade, the Lyon Opera House is the best place to see a cultural performance in the city.

So if you and your partner love the ballet or opera, be sure to check out the shows happening here.

In addition, don’t miss the Opera House’s nearby fountain.

The Bartholdi Fountain is just steps from the Opera House and depicts a woman atop a chariot being pulled by horses.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Audio commentary

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20. Célestins Theatre

Théâtre des Célestins is a sight to behold.

This magnificent theatre is famous around the world for its design.

Beyond the stunning facade and domed ceiling, it also has a renowned theatre program.

Célestins Theatre puts on contemporary and classical shows throughout the year.

They even host cabaret shows from time to time.

If you don’t have tickets to a show, the building is open for tours throughout the week.

Theatre tours will take you through both the history and architecture of this beautiful building.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Entry fees

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21. Lyon Museum of Fine Arts

Couples who love art will definitely enjoy a visit to Lyon’s Museum of Fine Art.

This stunning museum is housed inside a 17th century palace.

The palace was originally designed for Royal Abbess of the Dames de Saint Pierre.

But was later renovated to suit King Louis XIV’s tastes.

Today, it features one of the finest art collections in the country.

From Asian ceramics to Ancient Egyptian artifacts, you can find relics from all over the world and from all periods of history at the Lyon Museum of Fine Art.

Details

  • Address: 20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France
  • Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday 10 am – 6pm, except Friday 10:30 am – 6pm. Tuesday closed.

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22. Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art

Prepare to be amazed by the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art.

This spectacular art museum was established in 1984.

It showcases contemporary works of art from artists all over the world.

There is also a special section that highlights work by up and coming artists.

In total, there are over 1,079 pieces of art in the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art.

There is also a book shop, terrace, and cafe on-site, in case you want to sit back and relax after browsing the exhibits.

Details

  • Address: Cité Internationale, 81 Quai Charles de Gaulle, 69006 Lyon, France
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11 am – 6 pm; Weekends 11 am – 7 pm. Monday closed.

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23. Lumière Institute

Are you and your partner cinephiles?

Then you will both love the Lumiere Institute.

This Lyon institution is dedicated to the art of French filmmaking.

The museum honours key French figures who have contributed to cinematic history.

This includes Auguste and Louis Lumière, who are considered to be the fathers of the cinema.

In addition, the museum is housed inside a beautiful Art Nouveau-era building that is sure to impress architecture enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Details

  • Address: Rue du Premier Film, 69008 Lyon, France
  • Opening hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm; Monday closed.

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24. Musee Miniature et Cinema

It’s no secret that France has an incredible film scene.

Delve into the world of French cinema at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

The museum is conveniently located in Lyon’s Old Town.

It is housed inside a beautiful building that dates back to the 16th century.

The museum is made up of a large collection of behind-the-scenes cinematic art and miniature works.

A walk through this museum will allow couples to explore a never-before-seen side of the film industry. 

Details

  • Address: 60 Rue Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon
  • Opening hours: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm daily

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25. Dining at Classy Restaurant – L’Auberge de l’île Barbe

Are you a foodie couple?

Then dining at a classy restaurant while in Lyon is a must.

Luckily, there are plenty to choose from.

One such example is L’Auberge de L’Ile Barbe.

For a true gastronomic experience, this is the place to go.

This restaurant has been awarded one Michelin star, making it one of the top restaurants in France ideal for a romantic night.

In addition to the top-tier French cuisine, the interior is decorated as elegantly as can be.

This would be a great place if you’re looking for somewhere special to pop the question to your partner.

Details

  • Address: Place Notre Dame de l’Île Barbe, 69009 Lyon
  • Opening hours: 12:30 pm – 1:15pm; 7:30 pm – 9:15pm daily; closed Monday

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Lyon is a city full of romance!

From exploring the city’s many historic buildings to taking a stroll through its numerous parks, there is plenty to do for couples in Lyon.

If you’re still not sure where to go, have a look at our other activities.

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emily
Emily is a freelance writer from Canada and it was during her time studying History that she became interested in travel. Countries I've visited include the United States, Mexico, the Cayman Islands, New Zealand, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.