Rivers, Romans and restaurants are what Lyon is famous for but whilst we wandered around discovering all those things we stumbled across some great street art.  So let me take you by the hand and lead you on a Lyon Street Art Safari.

Lyon Street Art Safari

We stepped out from our hotel right by the TGV station and headed towards the centre of town, round the back of the central library we saw this doorway adorned with a large besuited moose by Rauky.

Lyon is at the confluence of two big rivers, the Rhone and Soane.  The banks of the Rhone are perfect for strolling along and enjoying the view over the city, take a close look at the benches and you may be rewarded with seeing some tiny tiles.  I wonder if the tile was square when it was first applied and that the corners have gone as people have tried to remove it or if that was how the artist intended it to look.

Lyon Street Art Safari

The Romans weren’t daft, they occupied the high ground of Lyon with the best views.  In order to get up to see the spectacular amphitheatres we took a funicular train and got off at Minimes and as we walked towards the ruins this witty use of flaking plaster greeted us.  At first I thought it was a dog but realise that it must be an elephant.  What do you think?

Street Art Lyon

We walked back down the hill using a series of steep staircases called Monte des Chazeaux. As we turned the corner we saw this spray painted stencil urging us to drink real coffee.

A little further along these penguins are making the most of the bannister to have fun and slide down to the bottom of the hill.

Lyon Street Art Safari

As we sauntered back along the banks of the Rhone we spotted this seal and kingfisher on one of the pillars of the Pont de la Guillotiere.  How on earth did the artist manage to paint these?  Did they balance on a bobbing boat whilst a friend stopped it from drifting off down stream?  Nearly back to the hotel now, I hope you enjoyed our Lyon Street Art Safari.

We travelled to direct to Lyon from London by Eurostar and stayed just around the corner from the station in an Ibis Styles family room.

For a full run down of what we got up to in Lyon read our Weekend in Lyon with Teens post.

Suitcases and Sandcastles


  1. Trish @ Mum's Gone To
    May 25, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Loving the penguins – I think all handrails should have penguins sliding down them.
    We had an overnight stop in Lyon some years ago and I don’t remember seeing anything like this – I think we just saw the inside of the local supermarket!

    • Catherine
      May 25, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Love a foreign supermarket

  2. bavariansojourn
    May 25, 2017 / 11:35 am

    I really love a bit of street art, it can help bring so much more personality to a place can’t it? Lyon sounds really fascinating. I don’t think I have ever been… #farawayfiles

  3. May 25, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    Those penguins are the best! They remind me of the park scene in Mary Poppins where the penguins slide around. #FarawayFiles

    • Catherine
      May 25, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Dick van Dyke is just out of shot!

  4. Clare Thomson
    May 25, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    What a fun guide, Catherine! Lyon is on my list of places to visit in France. I shall be sure to check out some of these. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles. PS Definitely think it’s an elephant!

    • Catherine
      May 25, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      That’s what Mr CW says and questioned my judgement in even thinking that it might be a dog!

  5. May 26, 2017 / 12:16 am

    My favorite street art is the seal and kingfisher. I kept wondering, like you did, how the artist managed to paint this underneath a bridge! Very impressive. It’s fun to find street art no matter where you travel, it always shows up in unexpected places! #FarawayFiles

  6. May 26, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    This is fantastic, I love hunting for hidden street art, it brings so much life to even the grittiest of streets!

  7. May 28, 2017 / 5:47 am

    What a fun focus for city exploration! I love the penguins! I need to get on that for our stairs at home! #farawayfiles

  8. May 30, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    My favorite is the penguins – Mr. Popper would be proud! Adorable and fun – I love street art. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

  9. June 1, 2017 / 11:18 am

    I’m in the penguin fanclub too, they are adorable. I also agree with the coffee picture (Nespresso capsules are one of my pet peeves) and I’d say definitely elephant. Street art’s great for livening up often unloved parts of a city and you’ve spotted some lovely pieces here. Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance

  10. June 1, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    I love street art, and it’s always such a delight when you come across some when least expected! The penguins are adorable, they’re my favorite! #allaboutfrance

  11. June 5, 2017 / 7:05 am

    I love all the quirky street art in Lyon! I also like the penguins the best – so funny that they’re sliding down the banister! The elephant is also pretty cute 🙂 #AllAboutFrance

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