A day in la Guillotière

Julie Masson
By Julie
Published on 15/12/2023

On the left bank of the Rhône, straddling Lyon’s 3rd and 7th districts, La Guillotière (aka La Guill’, pronounced ‘la gee’ with a hard ‘g’) is one of the most vibrant parts of the city. Lively and cosmopolitan, attracting students and people from various communities, it’s the perfect place to warm up body and soul.

8 am – Lyon stirs

Two alternatives: either you slept here, in a private room or dormitory, or you’ve just come for breakfast. Either way, the hostel and restaurant Ho36 is a great starting point to explore the neighbourhood. Like the surrounding area, this is a warm and friendly place, where the servings are generous, and locals and visitors rub shoulders.   

Breakfast from 6:30 to 11 am (10:30 am on Sunday)

10 am – Morning fun

Once you’ve eaten your fill, make your way to A Maze in Game. The escape game concept has been well explored, but not many have taken the narrative detail and scripting so far. Whether you choose to dive into the wreck of a disappeared Soviet submarine or delve into the secrets of a mysterious cabinet of curiosities, you will discover some highly original game mechanics. With no time limit and no way to lose, it’s perfect for sore losers and those of a nervous disposition. 

A Maze in Game
Open every day from 10 am to 10 pm.
21 rue Père-Chevrier - Lyon 7e

Noon – Asian lunch 

It’s hard to outdo La Guillotière in terms of exotic food options for lunch.

Set course for China at Bao Haus, where you can discover bao zi, small steamed dumplings with fillings like fried chicken, tataki beef and grilled tentacles. 

Bao Haus
Fridays and Saturdays from midday to 2 pm and Tuesday to Saturday from 7 to 10:30 pm
50 Rue Pasteur - Lyon 7e

Alternatively, you can take a trip to Malaysia at Boleh Lah, the temple of nasi goreng and roti cheese. Make sure you don’t forget to book a table! 

Boleh Lah
Monday to Saturday from midday to 2 pm and 7 to 9:30 pm
11 Rue Salomon-Reinach - Lyon 7e

2 pm – African adventure 

Time to change continents with a visit to the Sarraounia cultural space, which means ‘queen’ in the Hausa language. This recently opened space dedicated to African cultures hosts shows, conferences, concerts, workshops and exhibitions. The first, Trésors d’Ailleurs (treasures from elsewhere), running until 30 June 2024, puts the spotlight on objects that were imported or made by people who one day decided to leave for other shores. It tells personal stories through photographs and writings. The exhibition trail also includes a documentary and sculptures by Togolese artist Ake O’lokan.

Espace Sarraounia
Tuesday to Saturday from 2 to 6 pm. Open on the first Sunday of the month.
150 Cours Gambetta - Lyon  7e

8 pm – Towards an ideal world

Uchronie is “a utopian space that defends the idea of local culture that is demanding, accessible and sensitive.” It is a theatre that fights for diversity and strives to be accessible to all audiences, while offering a rich choice of shows (drama, dance and music) and covering a wide range of topics. Escape the cold this winter as you watch a performance: Les Guérillères by the collective Polyèdre, Bal-Trap by the company La Raconterie and La Déferle by the company Lunée l’Ôtre.

10 pm – Winter sun

For a taste of summer in the heart of winter, make your way to Italy with Mimo. The menu includes antipasti (home-made focaccia and sautéed artichokes), main courses worthy of an authentic Italian trattoria and colourful cocktails. 

Thursday to Saturday from 11 am to 1 am; closes at 11 pm on Sunday and Monday, and at midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday
14 Rue de la Thibaudière - Lyon 7e

Want to keep the night going? Have a drink at La Faute aux Ours. There’s always a good reason to meet up at this lively bar with a quirky interior: blind tests on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays, DJ sets on Fridays and Saturdays… 

La Faute aux Ours
Tuesday to Thursday from 5 pm to 1 am; closes at 2:30 am on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Sunday and Monday.
4 Grande Rue de la Guillotière - Lyon 7 e