When gastronomy is the very heartbeat of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu

More than 800 years after its construction, the Grand Hôtel-Dieu reinvents itself with new contemporary uses, thanks to a Cité project which includes the same values of openness, welcome and sharing.

The theme "health nutrition" echoes the initial role of the building

The Hôtel-Dieu in a context of modernization


It is in this emblematic building, which has always developed its activities around health and innovation, where Rabelais himself practised, that the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie has decided to open its doors.

Just like this site, which has succeeded in moving with the times and adapting to the political, economic and technological context imposed by the milestones of French history, the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie is destined to perpetuate this tradition of adaptation through a common value: excellence accessible to everyone, proposing within its walls a varied and changing programme intended for the general public.

An unprecedented cultural project


In order to raise public awareness about good food habits and the pleasures of eating, the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie project proposed by MagmaCultura focuses on two main subjects: health and nutrition. This common theme can be found in all the spaces of the Cité, a plural cultural centre open to the participation of the public.

In addition to being a benchmark cultural space for the universe of gastronomy, the Cité defines itself as a true innovation and co-creation centre, encouraging encounters, sharing and the creation of projects between entrepreneurs, chefs, artists and all gastronomy stakeholders from here or elsewhere.

A collaborative effort

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Launched and managed by the metropolis of Lyon, the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie project has managed to see the light of day and to situate its action in the long term thanks to the partnerships established with the city of Lyon and the state, as well as with the 11 historical patrons who have supported the project since it began: Groupe APICIL, Institut Paul Bocuse, Groupe SEB, Plastic Omnium, Valrhona, EliorGroup, Crédit Agricole, Eiffage, Mérieux Nutriciences, Hi Inov, Metro.

You all form part of the Cité! You too can support the Cité de la Gastronomie. Contact us to associate your image with our different projects or to implement a customized event project.

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