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Avegan’s guide to… Lyon

Lyon is France’s second most important city, with a reputation as a gourmet capital. The old town is a UNESCO heritage centre, with a record number of Renaissance buildings. Rhiannon Magor discovers how vegan it is…

Wher e to eat

French cuisine is known as being focussed around animal products. While it may be hard to find vegan food in smaller towns or cities, Lyon is more vegan-friendly. There are a small number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, plus others who sell themselves as plant-based and the bulk of the menu is vegan. Especially during the day, many ‘ordinary’ cafés and restaurants offer vegan courses.As a traditional French city, eating times follow national norms, so do check opening/serving times and make reservations. Check vegoresto.fr (also on Facebook and Twitter), enter Lyon as a city and check the map for options, but here are a few of the best eateries offering vegan food:

Gaia (vegan)

Gaia is an eco-friendly café and coffee house located in Croix-Rousse. Although there are usually enough seats for cake and a drink, they ask guests to reserve for lunch. They also prefer diners to order the dish of the day to reduce waste. Vegan burgers, salads and other changing lunches are available on weekdays, with brunch at the weekends. They offer returnable containers for guests to take home leftovers. They also sell handmade bags for take-away pastries and cakes. Open: Sat and Mon-Weds 10am-6pm, Sun 10am- 5pm (closed Thu-Fri), 5 rue des Nuits, gaia-coffeehouse.com

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In the February issue of Vegan Food & Living you will find 75 plant-based recipes including easy one pot meals for no-fuss comfort cooking, delicious weekend recipes to share with your friends, and pizzas you can make from scratch. Find out which products our panel thought were the best in our Vegan Food & Living Product Awards, learn to cook healthy midweek meals with BOSH! and get the best vegan baking hacks from Sara Kidd. Read the inspiring stories about the struggles and resolutions on the path to veganism and learn what you should be eating for a healthier gut from College of Naturopathic Medicine lecturer, Gemma Hurditch. Charlotte Willis also investigates what the vegan community can do about revert-vegans and how to react if your loved one stops being vegan.