In the Carré d’Or – the Square of Gold -, you can find over 70 luxury brand names,in an area, ideal for a stroll, between the Place Bellecour and the Place des Cordeliers. Built in the 19th century, the Passage de l’Argue (between the Rue de la République and the Rue Edouard Herriot), is a shopping area covered by a glass canopy, where today you can still find shops full of old-fashioned charm: hatters, cutlers, etc. One of the most extensive pedestrian thoroughfares in Europe,crossing the whole Presqu’île from South to North, from the Rue Victor Hugoto the Rue de la République, it contains most of the franchised boutiques. Not far away, south of the Place Bellecour, the Rue Auguste Comte is the home of antique dealers and art and decor shops with about 100 boutiques, which all go to confirm the dynamics of artistic professions in Lyon. On the left bank of the Rhone, the large shopping centre at the Part-Dieu gives you the opportunity of enjoying a visit shops, or entertaining yourselves in one of the cinemas and having something to eat or drink between two purchases.
For shoppers who love surprises, the village of creators in the Passage Thiaffait, on the slopes of the Croix Rousse, in the historic area of the silk-workers has become the meeting point for young creators or brand names who want to attest to their originality. They attract clientele looking for “one-off” clothes, delighted to escape from the standardization of today’s clothing!
There are almost 650 antique dealers in greater Lyon, most of whom are to be found around the Rue Auguste Comte or in the “Cité des Antiquaires”. The Quartier Auguste Comte is an association that has brought together the boutiques located in the Rue Auguste Comte and the Rue de la Charité, which are frequented by both private antique lovers and professionals. Every year, two major evening events are organised – the “Red Carpet” operation in winter and the “Green Carpet” in the spring, when antique dealers open up their shops for late night shopping along streets carpeted in red or green. The Cité des Antiquaires (in Villeurbanne) is a place of contrast. Installed in a modern building, it presents antiques going from 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture to 1925 – 1950 applied arts, and of course jewelry, crockery, artifacts and paintings.
Les Puces du Canal are one of France’s largest flea markets, with over 400 traders turning up on Sunday mornings
As the historic capital of silk and textiles, Lyon offers eclectic and stimulating shopping experiences. From luxury brands to the stores of young designers, not forgetting the numerous antique dealers and concept stores, shopping is all part of Lyon’s art of living.
Lyon, a breeding ground for young designers
The city is crammed with talented designers and attracts amateurs of new shopping experiences. Mainly based on the Presqu’île and in Croix Rousse pentes, Lyon’s young talent has likewise elected domicile at the “Village des Créateurs” in Passage Thiaffait. A creators’ gathering site which represents the “made in Lyon” originality
The private kingdom of antique dealers and vintage fashion
Lyon Metropole boasts approximately 650 antique dealers mainly located on the Presqu’île in the Auguste Comte district and also in Villeurbanne at La Cité des Antiquaires and the Puces du Canal (flea market). In existence for over twenty years now, the Puces du Canal is the second largest flea market in France. Finally, amateurs and connoisseurs of vintage fashion meet every year in March at the Vintage Fashion Market.
Le Carré d’Or in Lyon
Le Carré d’Or, located between Place Bellecour and Place des Cordeliers, is home to over 70 luxury stores and ideal for a relaxed stroll. Ever since the 19th century, Passage de l’Argue in the heart of Le Carré d’Or, between Rue de la République and Rue Edouard Herriot, has housed stores steeped in old-fashioned charm. Here, stores of yore offer visitors a shopping experience worthy of a different era.
Big name brands in Lyon
Lyon boasts major international brands. They are to be found around Rue de la République and Rue Grôlée, making this one of the top districts for shopping. The Part-Dieu shopping centre (one of the largest in Europe) and the Confluence trade and leisure centre are also essential shopping hubs in the metropolitan area. It is worth noting that in the spring of 2018, a brand village boasting 120 stores will be opened.
Buying souvenirs in Lyon
As a tourist destination, Lyon has many souvenir shops, mainly located in Vieux-Lyon and Place Bellecour.
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