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Valérie Heitz, amoureuse de Lyon et City Greeter
Place des Célestins
Parking des Célestins

Place des Célestins (Célestins Square) a haven in the heart of the city

Valérie Heitz, Lyon City Greeter

This square symbolizes Lyon's cultural vitality. It is also a haven of tranquility in the midst of the bustling axes between Bellecour square and Place des Jacobins.



What do you like in particular about the Place des Célestins?

The square is particularly emblematic of Lyon's cultural life as it's home to one of Lyon's finest theatres, an Italian style theatre which covers 200 years of history of the dramatic arts. It's also a real haven of tranquility nestled between several busy streets. It is located between Bellecour square and the Place des Jacobins. People like to come here to sit down for a few minutes and unwind. Personally, I love the square in springtime, when the magnolia trees are in bloom. The atmosphere is enchanting!

Which are your favourite places around the square?

Close to the square, along the banks of the Saône river, I enjoy having a drink on the terraces of the Saint Antoine riverbank, admiring the view across Old Lyon. Just alongside the banks, I also visit the Arbre à Thé on Petit David street. Finally, I enjoy discovering the latest menu at the Ebullition, a highly original restaurant situated next to the city hall in Lanterne street.

Why do you love Lyon?

I fell in love with this city when I arrived here a few years ago. It's extremely rich and diverse with a distinctive history and exciting traditions. I also find it very welcoming, friendly and surprising. After all these years I'm still discovering new places even today! I have become a “city greeter” as this gives me a chance to share my love for Lyon as well as for its tourist attractions.

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