Highly anticipated, the International City of Gastronomy opened its doors this autumn in Lyon. A coronation for the city with a rich culinary tradition, cradle of the famous chef Paul Bocuse and corks. France.fr welcomes you to this hybrid place in the heart of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, on the banks of the Rhône.
The long-awaited Cité internationale de la gastronomie, which opened on 19 October 2019, is set to become Lyon's favorite destination for food lovers.
At once a museum, a cultural center, a place of life and innovation, the Cité explores the most fundamental of human experiences: cultivating food, preparing meals and gathering around the table.
"The aim is to offer a vision of culinary culture where excellence, diversity and accessibility will be at the heart of the historic monument," says Michelin-starred chef Régis Marcon, President of the chair of the International city of gastronomy of Lyon.
The city is not only a journey through the pleasures of the table but also explores the themes of health, well-being and the French way of life.
Themes found in the layout of the city and its 4,000 m² spread over four floors. At the first, in the oldest part of the building, the permanent exhibition revolves around the links between food and health.
A gourmet meal under the magnifying glass
Designed and produced by the Confluences Museum and designed by the Casson Mann agency, the permanent exhibition explores the gastronomy of Lyon by reconstituting a real banquet at the table to which the visitor is invited. We also discover all the stages of the gastronomic meal as well as the culinary traditions of the four corners of the globe or the history of the Hôtel-Dieu where food and health become one.
On the second floor, the Gastro'Lab is dedicated to the new professional initiatives of the sector while the MIAM MIAM! proposes to understand the cycles of food, from the product to the consumer. The top floor hosts temporary exhibitions as well as an open kitchen for cooking demonstrations and other thematic tastings open to the public.
Lyon's Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie is located within the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, a former hospital founded in the 12th century along the Rhone, recognizable by its imposing Grand Dôme, signed by the architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot, to whom we also owe the Pantheon in Paris.
This jewel of the architectural heritage of Lyon has been completely rehabilitated and continues its vocation as a place of life. It now houses restaurants, shops and the hotel InterContinental Lyon Hotel-Dieu.
The International City of Gastronomy, located in the oldest part of the monument, is a final touch to the theme around gastronomy and well-being.