Gay Lyon is the 2nd most gay friendly city in France after Paris! The gay life is particularly, with lots of gay bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, as well as gay saunas and cruising bars for all tastes. These gay places are mostly concentrated around Place des Terreaux and the lower slopes of the Croix-Rousse, between the Saone and the Rhone rivers.
Among gay Lyon’s most popular places are Le Cap Opera, La Chapelle Café or l’Etoile Opera. If you’re searching for a place to dance, you will enjoy a night at the UC (United Cafe), at the Pink's Club or at Lyon’s biggest bi-monthly party La Garçonnière. No less than 4 gay saunas welcome locals and gay travelers as well as 3 cruising bars. Gay Lyon is also home to a few lesbians places, such as The L Bar or the club Le Marais.
Lyon is a great destination for a weekend, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998 that you can easily discover by bike (free service). Take the time to discover the Old Lyon, the typical « traboules » and beautiful Renaissance yards, enjoyg the ascent of the Fourvière hill and the visit of the basilica at the top, walk in the Croix Rousse gay district or the recently renovated banks of the Rhone river. And don’t forget that Lyon is France’s gastronomy capital city.
Gay Lyon’s biggest event is the gay pride, every year at the end of June, with tens of thousands of people. But Lyon knows how to celebrate all year long, with world class events like the dance or contemporary art « biennales », large exhibitions, and the festival of Lights every year around December 8, attracting several million visitors.