Known for gastronomic tradition
Once small family-owned dining establishments that catered to silk workers, bouchons have become an integral part of Lyonnaise history by persevering the heritage of local cuisine. There are only 23 certificated bouchons in Lyon. The certification is awarded with the title Les Authentiques Bouchons Lyonnais and can be identified by a sticker of a Lyonnais marionette, Gnafron, holding a glass of wine in one hand and a napkin in the other.
Apparently, the history of bouchons goes back to the 17th-18th centuries, when silk workers would stop at small inns on their way back home after a tedious working day, looking for a good, wholesome meal. They would clean their horses with a bunch of straw (called bouchon) outside the inns. Another story says that inn owners would hang corks made of straw outside their bistros to let the stagecoaches know that they were serving wine. And that’s how bouchons got their name. But history happens to be just one of the many interesting elements of French bouchons. Atmosphere is the other…