Create your own route !

A resource space and knowledge centre, the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie of Lyon offers children, adults and professionals a full programme to experience all aspects of gastronomy.

What to do, to see and experiment at La Cité ?

Activities and events

A place for exchange and experimentation, the Cité lives to the rhythm of the events that it plans and each day proposes activities on the subjects of food, nutrition and gastronomy, in conjunction with the GastroLab: guided tours, talks, meetings, debates, film screenings, culinary demonstrations… but also multidisciplinary projects which blend gastronomy with music, drawing, sustainable development.

Tasting experience "La belle assiette du samedi soir"

Book you diner at the Cité

Every Saturday at 19.30, let the taste buds surprise you during a gourmet and convivial moment at the Cité de la gastronomie at dinner time.

Join the spectacular Dôme des Quatre-Rangs, where a mediator will tell you the history of the building and the special link that unites gastronomy and health here at the Grand Hôtel-Dieu.

Then, at 20.00, yYou will be welcomed in the kitchen by the chefs of the Cité then join the gastronomic area to taste a menu developed according to the inspiration of the moment and the arrivals of the day!

You will continue the evening with a free visit of the exhibitions and their remarkable pieces: Paul Bocuse's cooking range, the famous Mère Brazier's pot, the 18th-century apethecary, the World Atlas of Gastronomy.

Single price : €29, including the tasting experience (main dish, dessert, glass of wine), presentation and free visit of the exhibitions.

Book your ticket on line or at the reception desk. 

©Geoffrey Reynard - OnlyLyon

Complete your visit by tasting gastronomic works of art imagined by national and international chefs. Come and meet the team of cooks of the Cité, who prepare the recipes of the chefs right before your eyes, exchange their tips and their recipes with them, register to participate in a culinary workshop…

Over the seasons the guest chefs take turns to propose different recipes, the combinations of food and wine are reinvented, successive workshops are held but each one is different. Treat yourself to different smells and flavours!

Since Friday 10 January, a new format for the tasting experience, inspired by the kitchen team at La Sucursal restaurant in Valencia (Spain) and its gastronomic director Javier de Andrés.

Come and discover menus inspired by the north wind and the south wind, surprise your five senses with new textures and flavors.

Permanent exhibition


The permanent exhibition invites you to (re)discover how health and well-being come first from what we eat.

From the market to sharing a meal, from medicinal plants to the future challenges of food, this historical exploration also places great emphasis on the gastronomy of Lyon, and exclusively presents a unique object: the cooking range of Paul BOCUSE, on which the chef with three Michelin stars prepared his creations for more than 20 years!

La Cité offers guided tours on Saturdays and sundays, at 11.00 and 14.00. Ask for them at the welcome desk !

Miam ! Miam ! Gastro Play Room

©ThierryFournier _ MetropoleLyon

Enter a world of culinary experimentation created especially for children. Take your place in the food basket with the season’s fruit and vegetables, inspect the inside of a giant mouth to understand the food cycles, follow the bee Ruchette on the path to the origin of food, spend time in the kitchen to prepare delicious recipes for your taste buds and health… Here, you are allowed to play with your food!

27.11.19 / 05.31.20. Temporary installation. A proposal of sound and visual immersion of contemporary authors, which starts from the work and spirit of Arcimboldo

La Cité acts as host to temporary exhibitions and spotlights artists and topical issues, inviting the public to discover original creations on various different subjects, such as contemporary art, food habits or even history and technological innovations. An invitation for dialogue and for sharing.

27.11.19 / 31.05.20Revisiting Arcimboldo. Immersive experience.

Tribute will be paid to Giuseppe Arcimboldo in this first temporary exhibition in the Grand Hôtel-Dieu of Lyon. Through his paintings, this Italian painter brought still lifes and food to life. A total immersion through light and colour, the symbol of his Mannerist works revisited by contemporary artists. Come see when art and gastronomy meet in this unique immersive experience!

World Atlas of Gastronomy

Do you know where the artichoke comes from? What the first recipe book was? When the first spoon appeared? What curanto is? How to cook pain d’épices ?

With the World Atlas of Gastronomy, a fully interactive and intuitive tool, immerse yourself in the history and culture of gastronomy throughout the world, become an expert and stand out at your next dinner !

Le Cellier café-shop

The café shop is open to everyone, both visitors and passers-by. Throughout the year, find out about the Cité de la Gastronomie or about the gastronomy and tourism on offer in the region, find original and delicious gift ideas to be offered without hesitation, taste products linked to the programmes of the Cité... This is the ideal place to prolong your visit or simply take a gastronomic and cultural break!

The GastroLab co-working space

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The GastroLab, a business incubator right in the centre of Lyon and of its Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie, supports young project leaders who have decided to integrate the subjects of nutrition and food-health into the heart of their initiatives.

The resident companies will be able to disseminate their work to the visitors, during moments of exchange and encounter, and to develop their activity at the heart of the French gastronomy ecosystem…

Would you like to join the GastroLab? Contact us to receive more information or to discover the formalities to join the programme!

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