La Croix Rousse, silk district

La Croix Rousse, silk district

Marked by history, this is the neighbourhood that is at once the most original and the most innovative.

One goes up it by bus, and comes down by foot. At La Croix Rousse, there are slopes and a plateau. With its silk industry, la Croix Rousse was the first workers' town in France, and that fact still permeates everything there today. Its streets still rustle with the silk-workers' revolts, when workers used the traboules with the courage of the Resistance during the Second World War.

Though Lyon is often referred to as a bourgeois city, La Croix Rousse is its rebellious soul and, today, a laboratory of alternative innovation. Start-ups and incubators have set up in its small buildings, with old workshops now transformed into lofts.

The bars and cafes serve healthy food, and its galleries exhibit the young talents of comic book makers and illustrators.