LyonCampus lists you cheap and healthy solutions to eat in Lyon Métropole, including markets, AMAPs, student associations tips and good deals.
Eating at home
Where can you shop in metropolitan Lyon?
Each week, there are 220 markets in Lyon featuring local products. They’re a great alternative to your corner store and involve a minimum of packaging!
Solidarity-based local groceries
There are solidarity-based local groceries just about everywhere in Lyon Métropole.
Here, you will find a list of groceries and merchants (french version only) who propose to feed you with a minimum of packaging and products that are often organic or local!
There are also solidarity-based student groceries like AgoraE at "Université Lyon 1", managed by the Gaelis student association. It provides fruits and vegetables to students at a low price. It’s open on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Déambulatoire building at La Doua.
Good to know
The national REFEED student association proposes workshops, advice and recipes for good eating as a student.
What’s an AMAP? AMAP stands for Association pour le Maintien d’une Agriculture Paysanne (association for the maintenance of local agriculture). It’s system that links a local farmer with a group of people to reduce costs for both and support the local economy. By joining an AMAP, you’ll receive a weekly basket of fresh local products (fruits and vegetables, dairy and animal products) at the same or lower price as a supermarket, with the advantage that you support local production.
Tip: There are also AMAPs in certain establishments of higher education in metropolitan Lyon. Ask for information from the student office in your establishment.
The "Distrib des gros colis"
La Distrib’ des gros colis is an association housed in the Maison des Étudiants de la Métropole de Lyon that proposes baskets of local products to students at a reasonable price. You can support local producers by signing up for various local baskets with vegetables, bread, cookies, dairy products, and so on.
Look for them on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the MDE (90 rue de Marseille, 69007 Lyon).
Hypermarkets and supermarkets
Metropolitan Lyon has many retail outlets, including hypermarkets on the outskirts of the city, smaller stores in the city center and a number of discount brands, and it’s easy to find one near you.
Have you heard of the « Commerce ami des étudiants » (Student-friendly businesses)?
Over 50 businesses in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon—the favorite area for students in the metropolis—including some twenty food stores, propose discounts and special offers for students! Find the "commerces amis des étudiants" here.
Eating on your university campuses
Located near many establishments of higher education, the Crous restaurants and cafeterias provide complete meals at low cost. Look here for the directory of students restaurant on Lyon Campus (french version only).
In the Crous restaurants and cafeterias, you can pay with your IZLY card, a quick and secure payment system. Obtain your IZLY card free of charge from your establishment of higher education and recharge it at a terminal or on your internet account.
Eat well with the CROUS Lyon
On a regular basis, Crous organizes nutrition workshops for better eating and learning how to cook in a healthy way. During these workshops, you’ll also receive recipe files and enjoy a few samples!
The pleasure of eating in Lyon, Capital of Gastronomy
Best restaurants selected by students
To help you choose a restaurant, take a look at the Petit Paumé website (french version only). An institution among city guides listing the best addresses, the Petit Paumé has been published by students at EM Lyon since 1968. Each year, students test and select for you restaurants and outings in metropolitan Lyon, including the famous RPPPs (Petit Paumé recommendations).
Don’t miss the free distribution of the Petit Paumé in the paper version, organized each year in October at various sites in the city during festive events. Use your guide and the Petit Paumé card to obtain discounts at several establishments in Lyon!