Living Lyon

Grosvenor in Lyon

We acquired the Lyon urban portfolio in November 2012. The Rue de la République portfolio (64,000 sq m) is considered the premier retail destination in Lyon. We are devising a retail strategy for the portfolio with the aim of bringing new retailers and concepts to the city. To support this we have developed a new brand for the street alongside projects to improve the wider street scape.

The city accounts for 4% of France’s GDP (and the wider Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region accounts for 11 %) with population and employment growth also well beyond the national average. These fundamentals support strong retail performance in Lyon.

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My Lyon

A personal view by Marie-Aude Vannier

Lyon – France’s third largest city, but definitely N°1 for lifestyle!


The city offers an attractive mix of economic dynamism and cultural richness, combining state of the art industry with gastronomic excellence, set against a backdrop of historic architecture and beautiful scenery.


The  Presqu’ile is the city’s historic core, shielded by hills on either side and embraced by its two rivers – the Rhone and the Saone.  It was the centre of the silk trade from the 4th century and many of the buildings still have traboules – narrow passageways originally for transporting silk that were used during the war to escape Gestapo raids.


The old town, like the city itself, offers something for everyone. Narrow winding streets with colourful boutiques, art galleries and brasseries rub shoulders with wide boulevards, international shopping, cinemas and theatres.  Young or not so young, traditionalist or trendy, wine enthusiast or sportsman, Lyon is a great place to be.


Marie-Aude Vannier, Asset Manager - Lyon, Grosvenor Europe

Grosvenor's city insights

  1. A rich history

    Lyon is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  2. The capital of lights

    Lyon's famous light festival 'Fête des Lumieres' is a must-see. It occurs every 8th December and lasts for four days.

  3. France's capital of gastronomy

    Lyon has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France due in part to the presence of many fine chefs. Two of France's best known wine-growing regions – Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône – are located near the city. The city is famous for its morning snacks 'the mâchons', made up of local charcuterie and usually accompanied by Beaujolais red wine.

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