Out and about My weekend à la Lyonnaise

Autumn in Monplaisir

By Doriane
Published on 24/10/2022

Make the most of the lively Festival Lumière to (re)discover, at your leisure, the area around Place Ambroise-Courtois. This neighbourhood with a village feel has a number of cultural gems to be discovered, far from the bustle of the crowds.


Lights, camera, action!

The set is all ready for the opening scene! Head to the Lumière Museum to explore the history of Auguste and Louis, the Lumière Brothers, and “fathers of the seventh art”. From photographic plates to the cinematograph and the first colour photographs, you will learn about innovations that revolutionised the industry and pictorial styles. From the 15th to the 23rd of October, you can follow the visit with a film on a large screen at the neighbouring Institut Lumière, the headquarters of the 2022 Festival Lumière. Or, you can take in the autumn colours and the market stalls on the square – Place Ambroise-Courtois – before grabbing some lunch.

Intérieur de la Villa Lumière © Institut Lumière


Culinary delights

Feeling peckish, or maybe even ravenous? You are spoilt for choice: on the one hand, there is Au Jardin d’Anaïs, where you will find a salad bar and a selection of waffles, both sweet and savoury (including Courgette-Goat’s cheese-Tofu and Herbes de Provence-Serrano ham-Mozzarella); on the other, there is the restaurant Marguerite, which is part of the Bocuse group. Located in a mansion once owned by Marguerite and Auguste Lumière, this establishment serves up Bourgeoisie cuisine with classic dishes like veal sweetbreads, pâté in pastry, and tournedos Rossini…

© Le Jardin d'Anaïs


Prison break

Just a ten-minute walk away, make a stop at the Mémorial National de la Prison de Montluc. This site was a prison from 1921 to 2009. It was particularly marked by the years 1940-1944 and pays tribute to the thousands of prisoners who were victims of the Nazis and the Vichy regime. This place of memory was created on request by an association of survivors from Montluc. The site is currently undergoing works, but is partially open to the public.


Urban climbing 

Fancy a physical challenge? Look no further. Put on some climbing shoes and pick your way up the climbing walls of MRoc Laennec. In this former industrial hangar, you will find 1300 m² of blocks for all levels, as well as chill areas and an environmentally responsible bistro-bar, where you can enjoy a well-deserved glass of beer. Both the atmosphere and the team in charge are fantastic. Remember, don’t look down! 

© MRoc


A taste of the Mediterranean  

Before enjoying a performance at the Maison de la Danse, recharge your batteries at Yaafa. Created in 2013 by three young locals, Yaafa is a sunny fast food joint that specialises in falafels (chickpea balls) served in pitta bread or salads. You can wash them down with one of the home-made drinks. 

© Yaafa
186 avenue des Frères-Lumière, Lyon 8e
Tous les jours de 11h30 à 21h30 


Let's dance! 

Created in 1980, the Maison de la Danse works to keep all forms of dance alive, ranging from classical to hip-hop, circus arts, vernacular dance and flamenco. This internationally renowned venue and major local attraction will be welcoming artists such as Angelin Preljocaj, Rachid Ouramdane, Maguy Marin and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker this season.