|The original medieval city (Vieux Lyon) was built on the west bank of the Saône River at the foot of the Fourvièr hill. This impressive historic old town district is brimming with cobbled streets and medieval buildings, being split into the three alluring quarters of ST. Georges, St. Jean and St. Paul. Parts of the old town have today been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For several centuries Lyon has been known as the French capital of gastronomy, due, in part, to the presence of many of France's finest chefs in the city and the surroundings. This reputation also comes from the fact that two of France's best known wine growing regions are located near Lyon: the Beaujolais to the North, and the Côtes du Rhône to the South. Beaujolais wine is very popular in Lyon and remains the most common table wine served with local dishes.
Lyon is home to a large number of Michelin-star restaurants, and also the home of very typical and traditional restaurants: the bouchons. Bouchons are usually restaurants serving local dishes, and local wines.
Lyon is connected to the North as well as to the South by TGV fast train services. It was the first city to be connected to Paris by TGV. The Saint-Exupéry International Airport is located 20 km (12 mi) east of Lyon, and serves as a base for domestic and international flights. There are many hotels in and around Lyon in all categories, and Lyon is the first place of the hostel business in France.