Bouchons Lyonnais are gastronomic gems rooted in the rich culinary tradition of the city of Lyon, France. These warm and friendly establishments are much more than just restaurants; these are institutions that embody the Lyon art of living.
The origin of the term “Bouchon” is unclear. Some say it comes from the wisps of straw used to dry horses while their owners were eating. Others lean towards the straw stoppers used by winegrowers to seal wine bottles… The origin of these establishments dates back to the 19th century, when the Mères Lyonnaises began to open their homes to workers in search of a hearty and affordable meal. Today, these picturesque places continue the tradition by offering generous and authentic cuisine, comforting and full of flavor.
Inside Bouchons, diners are greeted by a warm atmosphere, checkered tablecloths and retro decor that evokes the city’s rich history. The menus highlight the delights of Lyon cuisine, with emblematic dishes such as Lyon salad, tablier de sapeur (tripe in breadcrumbs), pike quenelles, chicken liver cake, calf’s head and of course, andouillettes.
The Bouchons Lyonnais are also renowned for their selection of wines, highlighting the region’s wines, Beaujolais in the north, Côtes du Rhône in the south. Guests are encouraged to share moments of conviviality around a well-stocked table, where the good humor and the generosity of the dishes reflect the welcoming spirit of the Lyonnais.
In short, the Bouchons Lyonnais are much more than just a culinary experience; they represent a journey through time, an immersion in the Lyon gastronomic tradition, where the passion for good cuisine blends harmoniously with the French art of living.
Since 1872, the Café des Fédés has been proud to hold high the standard of Lyonnais Bouchons and their history!