What about a café-theatre tonight? Wouldn’t you like sipping a glass of wine while watching a live performance? This would be so cool! And luckily enough, Lyon is the second city in France to have the biggest amount of café-theatres in France (just after Paris!).


Here our top 3 of the best café-theatres in Lyon


#1 Le Rideau Rouge

This theatre can be found on the heights of the Croix-Rousse hill. Here one man shows and comic stand-ups are planned everyday! Famous international comedians come here every year to present their latest shows in front of a passionate audience. François-Xavier Demaison, Stéphane Rousseau, Bérengère Krief and Florence Foresti amongst others performed here. This cafe-theatre offer a variety of  different shows and comedians. We are sure you will find the best show for you and your friends!

Rendez vous at Le Rideau Rouge, every time you feel down and want to have fun!


Address: Place Bertone 1,  69004 Lyon / Métro : Croix-Rousse

Opening days : from Monday to Sunday


#2 L’Accessoire

With more than 7000 performances under its roof, l’Accessoire is a hugely popular theatre in Lyon. Walking up (or down depending on your daily routine!) Annonciade street, you will find this cosy and impressive cafe-theatre, just a few steps away from the Sathonay Square. L’Accessoire is offering an impressive list of comedy shows and once a month you can take part to an incredible battle between two different teams of improvisors called “Catch d’Impro”.

So if you like an intimate ambiance and affordable prices, l’Accessoire is the best choice for you.


Address: Rue de l’Annonciade 26, 69001 Lyon / Métro : Hôtel de Ville

Opening days : from Monday to Friday


#3 L’Espace Gerson

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If you like taking a stroll to the Saint-Paul neighborhood in the Vieux Lyon, you’ve certainly noticed the Lyon’s most emblematic cafe-theatre situated just in front of the Saint-Paul Cathedral. L’Espace Gerson is one of the most ancient theatres in Lyon. Founded more than 30 years ago, this cosy cafe-theatre hosted some of the most appreciated performers in the field such like Gad Elmaleh, Florence Foresti and Anne Roumanoff! L’Espace Gerson is offering a vast variety of comedy and one man shows as well as impro battles.

So this theatre is the best one to get to know new artists and talents. Don’t miss the “Plateaux de Gerson” nights: every last monday of the month, 6 artists have 15 minutes each to present their latest show. Will they convince you to book a ticket to see the entire show? We think so!  


Address: Place Gerson 1, 69005 Lyon / Métro : Hôtel de Ville – Gare Saint-Paul

Opening days : from Monday to Saturday


We hope we’ve provided you with some good insights on what a cafe-theatre in Lyon look like! See you there then with your friends or partner 🙂 Enjoy!



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