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In the heart of France, nestled between the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, lies the enchanting city of Lyon. Steeped in history, adorned with architectural marvels, and celebrated for its gastronomic delights, Lyon offers a wide range of experiences to every traveler. Today, we embark on a journey to discover the best gifts and souvenirs that encapsulate the essence of Lyon – a collection that goes beyond the ordinary. Join us as we unravel the treasures that make for perfect mementos from the City of Lights.

1. Silk Products

Lyon has a rich history in silk production. Consider silk scarves, ties, or even decorative silk items.

2. Quenelles

A specialty of Lyon, these light dumplings made from fish or meat are a unique culinary souvenir, capturing the essence of the city’s gastronomic heritage.

3. Lyonnais Cheese

Bring home a taste of Lyon with local cheeses like Saint-Marcellin or Cervelle de Canut, a delightful blend of fromage blanc, herbs, and spices.


4. Les Coussins de Lyon

These are iconic Lyon sweets, consisting of marzipan filled with a luscious chocolate or liqueur center. They’re not just delicious but also visually appealing.

5. Little Prince Book

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the beloved author of “The Little Prince” (Le Petit Prince), was born in Lyon in 1900. The book is a timeless classic that explores themes of love, friendship, and the human experience. The city holds a special place in the heart of “The Little Prince,” making a copy of the book a meaningful and literary souvenir for those visiting Lyon.

Le Petit Prince book near spray bottle

6. Map of Lyon

A meticulously detailed map of Lyon makes for a considerate and enlightening souvenir. Whether framed or presented as a vintage-style print, it serves as a visual tribute to your exploration of the city’s rich history and diverse landscapes.

city skyline view during night

7. Lumière Brothers Film Collection

Lyon is considered the birthplace of cinema, thanks to the Lumière Brothers. Gift a collection of classic films from these pioneers, showcasing the early days of cinematic art.

8. Wine

Lyon is surrounded by renowned wine regions. Bring back a bottle or two of local wine, perhaps from Beaujolais or Côtes du Rhône, to savor the flavors of the region.

9. Apron

For those who appreciate cooking or simply want a practical and stylish souvenir, a Lyonnais-themed apron can be a delightful gift.

10. Lavender Products

While lavender fields might be more associated with Provence, you can still find lavender-based products in Lyon, such as sachets or essential oils, offering a touch of Provencal charm.

11. Art Prints

Acquire art prints showcasing Lyon’s iconic landmarks like the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Place Bellecour, or the Old Town. These prints encapsulate the city’s charm and can be framed as enduring keepsakes.

brown concrete building near river during daytime

12.  Pot Lyonnais

The pot Lyonnais is a distinctive wine known for its thick bottom and precise 46-centiliter capacity, this bottle has become a staple in the city’s renowned “bouchons,” traditional Lyonnais restaurants. If you would like to know more check out our post about this unique bottle!

13. Les Puppets of Lyon

Created by Laurent Mourguet in 1808, Guignol quickly became the most famous puppet in France. The character is often associated with Lyon, and his mischievous adventures are performed in puppet theaters, keeping alive a centuries-old tradition.

14. Vin Jaune

A unique and regional wine, Vin Jaune, or “yellow wine,” is a specialty of the Jura region near Lyon. It’s an excellent choice for wine enthusiasts seeking something distinctive.

15. Les Canuts Textiles

Inspired by Lyon’s silk-weaving history, consider textiles featuring the famous “Canuts” silk workers. This could include decorative cushions, tablecloths, or even tapestries.

16. Lyonnais Culinary Books

Bring the flavors of Lyon into your kitchen with a cookbook featuring authentic Lyonnais recipes. It’s a thoughtful gift for those passionate about French cuisine.

17.  Saint-Genix Brioche

Collect vintage-style postcards featuring iconic views of Nice, a timeless and nostalgic way to share the beauty of the city with friends and family.

18. Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse Cookbook

Capture the essence of Lyon’s famous food market with a cookbook celebrating its culinary delights. It’s a great way to bring the market’s spirit into your home.

19. Craft Beer 

Lyon has a burgeoning craft beer scene. Explore local breweries and bring back a selection of craft beers showcasing the city’s contemporary flavors.

20. Corkscrew from Beaujolais

If you’re a wine enthusiast or know someone who is, consider a corkscrew from the nearby Beaujolais region. It’s a functional and symbolic souvenir for wine lovers.

21. Les Lumignons de Lyon

These iconic candles, often displayed during the Festival of Lights, represent hope and solidarity. Consider gifting them as a symbol of light and positivity from Lyon.

22. Pink Pralines

Pink pralines are a signature delicacy of Lyon, and they’re essentially almonds coated in a pink-hued caramelized sugar shell. Lyon’s association with pink pralines dates back centuries, and they’re widely used in local pastries and desserts. The most famous application is arguably the Saint-Genix brioche, a regional specialty featuring these rosy gems.

23. Les Négresses Vertes Music

This alternative rock group hails from Lyon, and their music captures the vibrant spirit of the city. Gift music from Les Négresses Vertes for a musical taste of Lyon.

24. Soap

Seek out locally-made soaps with scents inspired by the region, such as lavender or herbs. These beautifully crafted soaps offer a touch of luxury and a reminder of Lyon’s Provencal influence.

soap bars on brown wooden table

25. Traditional Pottery

Explore local pottery shops for handcrafted ceramics featuring traditional Lyonnais patterns and designs, adding a touch of authenticity to your home.

26. Calendars or Planners

Keep Lyon close all year round with a calendar featuring stunning cityscapes or a planner adorned with local artwork. It’s a practical yet thoughtful gift.

27. Jewelry

Look for jewelry featuring symbols of Lyon, such as the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière or the city’s famous traboules. These elegant pieces make for stylish keepsakes.

28. Les Lyonnais T-Shirts or Apparel

Embrace Lyon’s pride with clothing adorned with local symbols, humorous phrases, or artistic representations that celebrate the city’s unique identity.

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