Over the past decade or so, coffee culture has taken the culinary city of Lyon by storm. One wander around the French settlement today, and you’ll soon discover a myriad of cafés and teahouses among the cobbled lanes, churches, and historic streets that the third largest city in France as to offer. Here’s your guide to the best of delectable coffee shops and cute cafes in Lyon!
Puzzle Café, 4 Rue de la Poulaillerie, 69002 Lyon
For those who are looking for a place with speedy WiFi and plenty of tables, Puzzle Café can be found close to the Église Saint Nazier, not far from the iconic astronomical clock. Open from Monday through to Saturday, there are numerous tables outside, as well as a couple to the exterior where you can sit and enjoy your coffee on the sidewalk. If you’re in a rush, then it’s also worth noting that you can order your coffee to go!
Slake, 9 Rue de l’Ancienne Préfecture, 69002 Lyon
Arguably the most sought after destination in town, Slake is best-known for its Sunday brunches, though the coffee house is open throughout the rest of the week as well. One glimpse at the menu and aside from speciality coffee, you can expect to see teas, cakes, salads, and patisseries.
Jeannine & Suzanne, 34 Rue Sainte-Hélène, 69002 Lyon
Generally well-reviewed and offering brunch on a Sunday, Jeannine & Suzanne can be found close to Le Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs. All brick façades, floral decor, and modern tables, on the menu you’ll find a variety of hot drinks (chai, tea, smoothies) as well as plenty of food options.
My Petite Factory, 17 Rue Neuve, 69001 Lyon
An adorable façade gives way to an even prettier interior: welcome to The Petite Factor which is easily the prettiest café in Lyon. This vegan-friendly café in Lyon also serves a variety of gluten-free food and on the menu, there are delights such as soups, Buddha bowls, and all kinds of vegan sandwiches. While seating is limited, this is one of the few cafes in Lyon that actually offers takeaway!
While in the area, be sure to check out the equally quaint bookshop next door, Le Bal des Ardents. While the entryway alone, with its archway of books, is worth a photo in its own right, once inside you’ll soon spy plenty of wooden shelves and books around every turn.
La Boîte à Café, 3 Rue de l’Abbé Rozier, 69001 Lyon
High on a hill in La Croix-Rousse district of the city, a neighbourhood famed for its many ‘traboules’ and silk history, La Boite a Café is cosy and filled with comfortable seats. Inside there’s speedy WiFi and a whole range of mouth-watering cakes. The coffee here is ground by Mokxa, a locally based coffee roaster and supplier that’s popular with many of the big name hotel chains and restaurants in Lyon.
Café Vert, 1 Montée des Épies, 69005 Lyon
Close to Église Saint Georges, Café Vert is the best vegan and vegetarian coffee shop in the city. Everything on the menu is exclusively vegan and organic, while most things are also raw (I really wanted to sample some of the raw cakes!) and gluten-free.
While there is seating inside, I highly recommend sitting outside en terrace, ordering a coffee and simply sit watching the world go by. When we visited the coffee shop it was the weekend and the entire place was buzzing with activity, giving us a unique glimpse into Lyonnaise culture… After visiting the café, make the climb up to Notre Dame de Fourviere for one of the best views in Lyon!
Pimprenelle, 13 Rue des Quatre Chapeaux, 69002 Lyon
‘Pimprenelle’ is not only the French word for the Sanguisorba minor or salad burnet, a ‘light cucumber’ flavoured leaf that’s often used in salads but also the name of one of the best coffee houses in Lyon. Highlights of the menu include lots of speciality coffee and organic bread that’s often freshly baked that very day.
While in the area, be sure to check out the impossibly pretty Passage des Imprimeurs. Reminiscent of the covered passages of Paris, this hidden gem of the city is picture perfect and leads between 56 Rue Mercière and 26 Quai Saint-Antoine. Known locally as one of the traboules of Lyon, the passage is named for the printers from Italy Germany which came to the city during the 15th-century.
A Chacun Sa Tasse, 2 Rue du Griffon, 69001 Lyon
Literally translated as ‘to each his own glass’, this Lyon café can be found in the 1st arrondissement of the city, close to the artists’ row of shops at Passage Thiaffait. Nearby, you’ll also find Cour des Voraces, the historically listed set of dual staircases that’s been used as many a filming location.
Step inside and it’s soon obvious that A Chacun Sa Tasse is not about the coffee as much as about the tea! And with over 100 varieities on the menu it’s not hard to see why. The teahouse is also famous for its chocolates and so be sure to sample some sweets when paying a visit!