In spite of some time (and budget) constraints, I've still managed to make room in my schedule to scope out the shopping situation here. Voilà, my guide on where to spend your hard-earned cash in Lyon, depending on your mood.
1. You're feeling: Artsy. Check out: La Croix Rousse. Because: The boutiques in this neighborhood are just as bobo as its reputation, in a good way. Wander the winding streets of this hilltop "village" and you'll find all sorts of gems tucked away. I recently stumbled across this dépôt-vente and now I can't resist stopping in every once in a while (okay, every time I walk past it). I saw a dress form for €50 that I seriously considered buying before I reminded myself that it probably wouldn't fit in a suitcase. The last time I went I chatted with the owner Stephan. According to him the shop was "empty" but I saw at least three things I wouldn't mind buying for my little studio apartment here. If only I had room for a vintage trunk, bar cart and (another) art deco mirror. Favorite shop: L'Arrêt Deco, 4 Rue de Cuire, 69004.
2. You're feeling: Chic. Check out: La Sixième. Because: The minute you step out of the metro, you feel transported. The wide boulevards, classical architecture and upscale storefronts remind me of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (also coincidentally the 6th arrondissement) in Paris. You'll find stores like Comptoir des Cotonniers and Sandro alongside smaller independently owned boutiques. Favorite shop: Le Showroom d'Odette, 94 Rue Vendôme, 69006.
3. You're feeling: Determined. Check out: La Part Dieu or Confluence. Because: Sometimes you just need to go to Zara or H&M. When you're on a mission to find a specific item, and cutesy little boutiques just won't cut it, head to one of the city's two biggest malls. Everything is conveniently in one place. Just don't go on a Saturday afternoon. Favorite shop: Zara.