Tucked away in the narrow streets of the Kagurazaka district, Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais stands on the renowned Honda Yokosho Street, a few steps from the Bishamonten Temple.
In an attempt to do proper justice to the heritage and traditions of his native city, Christophe Paucod has decorated the interior of the “bouchon” with genuine antiques from Lyon and the surrounding region.
The décor shows a meticulous attention to stylistic detail, including a turn-of-the 20th Century-style wrought iron spiral staircase, a traditional bar counter made of wood and pewter, original Emile Gallé Art Deco lighting and solid oak dining tables.
The walls are decorated with landscapes depicting Lyon and the surrounding region, as well as examples of original 19th century Lyonnais fine china and other typical Lyon-style curiosities.
The tableware, glasses and cutlery are also sourced in France and help to complete the authentic atmosphere.
Come and taste the “new Lyon”!
Lugdunum (literally “Hill of the Sun-God”) was a Roman city, built on the banks of two rivers, the Saône and Rhone, and surrounded by the Fourvière and Croix Rousse hills... Through the ages, the name “Lugdunum” slowly became “Lugdum” then “Luon”, before taking its present form of Lyon.
« Bouchons » are convivial eateries, where diners enjoy traditional Lyon-style dishes, washed down with a “Pot Lyonnais” (wine from the region). Many “bouchons” still serve the traditional “mâchon” sandwich, a snack originally served each morning to the local silk workers, the ”Canuts”.
The word « Bouchon » arose because the proprietors of the eateries developed the tradition of tying tree branches to the front door, in order to signal that they were open for business. The word “Bousche” in old Lyon dialect refers to a bundle of branches, and this was gradually adopted into French as “Bouchon”
Lyon’s rich history is concentrated in the city’s several UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Old Town, the Fourvière and Croix Rousse hills, the Presqu’ile, as well as the area between “Perrache” and “Les Terreaux”.
The Silk Trade
Lyon is also the capital of the silk trade and the city’s history is inextricably woven with that of the textile industry.
Lyon has had a 200-year love affair with the famous puppet Guignol. Its creator, Laurent Mourguet, started out as a “canut” silk weaver, before becoming a market trader.
Lyon and Cinema
The Lumiere brothers were engineers who played a crucial role in the history of cinema and still photography. Lyon still remains its strong connections with the cinema industry and hosts numerous exhibitions and festivals every year.
The Festival of Lights
On December 8th each year, Lyon residents place lighted candle stubs known as ‘lumignons” in their windows. More than 4 million visitors come each year to witness this magical event, which is totally unique in Europe.
Trompe-l’œil frescoes have become a defining emblem of Lyon’s unique culture. For the past 20 years, countless artists from “The City of Creativity” have shown off their talents and have turned the city into a vast outdoor art gallery, bursting with colour.
With the arrival of Lugdunum « Bouchon Lyonnais », a little part of Lyon thrives in the heart of Tokyo’s Kagurazaka!
We invite you to visit us and to whet your appetite for all the treasures that Lyon has to offer!