Shopping in Lyon
Lyon is a shopper's paradise. The area of the Presqu'île boasts the most attractive streets for shopping, such as rue Victor Hugo and rue de la République.
Rue du Président Herriot, with its elegant 19th-century buildings, makes an ideal setting for luxury boutiques. Fine antiques and old books can be found on rue Auguste Comte or at La Cité des Antiquaires, 117 boulevard Stalingrad in Villeurbanne. Lyon also boasts one of the finest chocolate factories in the world: Bernachon, 42 cours Franklin Roosevelt. Bouillet, 15 place de la Croix Rousse and 14 rue des Archers, works wonders with its 'ganaches of chocolate' and famous macaroons.
Les Puces du Canal is Lyon's historical flea market (Sunday 0600-1300), located on the outskirts of Lyon at 1 rue du Canal in Villeurbanne. To understand why Lyon is a gourmet's paradise, visit one of its food markets on quai St-Antoine or boulevard de la Croix-Rousse (Tuesday-Sunday mornings).
The Presqu'île area is where the big department stores like Printemps are located. For casual shopping, Lyon's Part-Dieu shopping centre, 17 rue du Docteur Bouchut, is ideal and is one of Europe's largest, with over 230 stores, including the famous Galeries Lafayette.
Most shops are usually open from Monday to Saturday between 0930 and 1900 (some close between 1200 and 1400) but are closed on Sundays. Some small grocery stores are open on Sunday mornings.
VAT (Value Added Tax) can vary between 5% and 19.6%, depending on the goods bought.