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Expert Advice: Lyon Travel Guide, Design Edition

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by Julie Carlson last modified Jul 17, 2015

The ultimate job for a Francophile? Laurie Furber, Bay Area–based founder of online housewares emporium  Elsie Green , travels to Lyon, France, three times a year to scout for vintage wares. Lyon, the country's third-largest city, is "a bit more low key than Paris and has a great design scene," she says. "The color palette of the city is beautiful, and it's filled with dramatic sculptures, churches, hand-painted frescoes, a Roman amphitheater, and a mix of medieval, Renaissance, and modern architecture. There's a great blend of old and new (the city is 2,000 years old), a vibrant food scene (it's where Paul Bocuse and Daniel Boulud got their starts), and a rich silk production history dating from the 1800s." Here's a roundup of Laurie's favorite haunts. Favorite Hotels Above: "The most design-y option is the Hotel Collège ; the owners spent three years searching for vintage school desks and benches to create a classroom and dorm atmosphere. I often stay at the bare-bones Hotel Saint Vincent  on the river. It's not fancy in the least, but the owner serves the best breakfast and is warm and welcoming. It's like staying with your favorite old uncle."  Favorite Restaurants Above: " Le Bistrot du Potager  has a great bar and wine list; perfect for a casual lunch or dinner." Above: " L'Institution  is an iconic Lyon establishment, built in 1864 and overhauled in 2013 by Jacques Garcia. Another old-school classic is  Brasserie Georges , which has the largest dining room in Europe and was established in 1839. They have two seatings, you have to be on time, sit down like a civilized person, and eat what they bring." Above: " Le Gourmand de Saint Jean : Lyonnaise specialities served at a sidewalk cafe." Favorite Shops Above: " Hyggelig  is a high-end concept store with a Scandinavian twist. Simple silhouettes, playful patterns and colors." Above: " Pop and Shoes  is the best clothing/shoe shop in Lyon, and the best place to spot home design trends. It's also a great place for a quick café crème."  Above: " Bensimon , the French fashion brand, has a nice home collection. Sort of a cool West Elm." Above: " August et Cocotte has a nice blend of vintage and new housewares." Above: " Terreaux Bricolage , a Lyonnaise hardware store, has cloth lamp cord in a range of colors and cool furniture." Above: " Galerie du Desordre  is a very well curated and quirky little gallery of finds from around Europe. The color palette will make you swoon." Above: "Le Village des Containers  Les Puces du Canal  is on the outskirts of town; each tiny antiques shop occupies its own shipping container." For a guide to Paris's most happening restaurants, go to Expert Advice: 11 Under-the-Radar Parisian Dining Spots . More Stories from Remodelista New Paris Boîte: Fish-and-Chips à la Francais Shopper's Diary: Meta44 in Millerton, NY Story Restaurant: The New Chapter for Helsinki's Old Market Hall






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