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Lyon by arrondissement

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I thought it might be useful for those travelling to Lyon to have an overview of the different areas of the city - I actually started writing this as a response to another post but it got so long and detailed that I figured it might be better as a separate post.

The city of Lyon is divided up into arrondissements, a bit like Paris. The last letter of the post (zip) code is the number of the arrondissement, so for example, 69005 would be the 5th.
There's a map showing the layout of the arrondissements here:
http://www.lyon.fr/vdl/sections/fr/pied/numeros_durgence_1/?aIndex=2
The city transport authority (TCL) also has a very detailed downloadable PDF map of the city and its surroundings: http://www.tcl.fr/site/00_plans_reseau/pdf/lyon_villeurbanne.pdf

The 1st arrondissement is located at the northern end of the Presqu'ile (peninsula) between the Rhône and Sâone rivers. It includes the magnificent Place des Terreaux and the criss-crossing old streets that stretch up behind it on the Croix-Rousse hill (les pentes de la Croix Rousse). The 1st is home to the Opera house and fine arts museum, and covers a chunk of rue Edouard Herriot and rue de la République, two of the city's main shopping streets. The metro stations Hotel de Ville and Croix-Paquet (on the slopes) are in the 1st. This arrondissement is sometimes referred to as the Terreaux area.

The 2nd arrondissement covers most of Lyon's main shopping and restaurant zones, extending from Cordeliers metro station all the way down to the confluence where the Rhône and Sâone rivers meet. The term Presqu'ile is often used to refer to the 2nd. It includes the pedestrianised section of rue de la République and the place de la République, the enormous place Bellecour, the restaurant streets of rue Mercière and rue des Marronniers, the pedestrianised shopping street rue Victor Hugo, Perrache station, the city aquarium... it also includes the large chunk of land extending south of Perrache to the confluence, which is in the process of being rehabilitated and turned into a super duper new dockland development.
It's the 2nd arrondissement, north of Perrache station, that's probably the best area for hotels. The metro stations Cordeliers, Bellecour, Ampère and Perrache are all in the 2nd arrondissement.

The 3rd arrondissement is on the other side of the Rhône river and is essentially a residential and business area. It includes the Crédit Lyonnais tower, a pencil shaped building that is visible from most of the city, along with Part Dieu station (the city's main rail hub) and Part Dieu shopping mall. It is also home to the city's covered food market, the Halles de Lyon, patronised by many of the city's chefs. This area is sometimes also known as the Part-Dieu area.

The 4th arrondissement is usually known as the Croix-Rousse, and it covers the area at the top of the Croix-Rousse hill and down the sides of the slope, extending northwards as far as the communes of Cuire and Caluire, which aren't part of Lyon proper. It is the old silk weavers district and has in recent years become a very desirable place to live, particularly for young couples and families. It is home to the city's best street market (along the Boulevard de la Croix Rousse), some good bars and restaurants, and the Maison des Canuts or silk weavers museum. It's a steep walk up the hill to reach this area, but you do have the option of taking the wonderful cog metro (line C) which hauls you up from Hotel de Ville to the stations of Croix Paquet, Croix Rousse, Henon and Cuire. Just by Henon station is the most amazing, enormous trompe l'oeil mural, the Mur des Canuts - perhaps the biggest and best example of the city's numerous painted murals.

The 5th arrondissement stretches along the banks of the Saône river opposite the Presqu'ile, and includes the Vieux Lyon (old town) area, Fourvière hill with its basilica, the roman theatres and Gallo-Roman museum, along with the network of traboules or covered passages linking up many of the old buildings (there's also a network of traboules on the Croix-Rousse hill). Beyond the basilica and Roman theatres is a fairly quiet, residential part of Lyon. Metro station Vieux Lyon is in the 5th, along with the funicular stations at Minimes, St Just and Fourvière.

The 6th arrondissement is on the other side of the city, opposite the peninsula on the banks of the Rhône, and north of the 3rd arrondissement. It's considered a very upscale area to live (Lyon's answer to the 16th arrondissement in Paris) and is home, in particular, to the magnificent parc de la Tête d'Or, a wonderful place for Sunday strolls or summer picnics. Also in the 6th is the Cité international and conference centre, and the Hilton hotel, all of which are clustered between the park and the river, rather on the edge of things. Metro stations Foche, Masséna, Brotteaux and Charpennes are in the 6th.

The 7th arrondissement is south of the 3rd, stretching south from the Cours Gambetta to the Gerland area with its stadium. The 7th is home to much of the university, located on the banks of the Rhône, the open air piscine du Rhône, and the Halle Tony Garnier, an old abbatoir that has been converted into a huge concert and exhibition venue. The metro stations Jean Macé, Place Jean Jaurès, Debourg and Stade de Gerland are in the 7th, while Guillotière and Saxe Gambetta sit between the 7th and the 3rd. The northern part of the 7th is often referred to as the Guillotière area.

The 8th arrondissement flanks the 3rd and 7th and is largely residential.
The 9th arrondissement is located north of the 5th arrondissement and curves up alongside the Saône river and into the hillside behind. It is mainly a residential and, to an extent, business district. Metro line D runs across town between the 8th and 9th arrondissements.

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