1. Discover the post-industrial beauty of La Confluence
South of Lyon's city centre, where the Saône and Rhone rivers meet, is an awe-inspiring urban renewal project. Launched in 2000, La Confluence aimed to double the size of Lyon city centre without increasing greenhouse gas emissions. The sustainable enclave is built on a former industrial wasteland – although it’s anything but desolate now. Check out the headquarters of the Hôtel de Région, designed by Christian de Portzamparc; Jean Nouvel’s Tour Ycone; and Hikari, the world’s first positive-energy city block, by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. After gawping at all those futuristic structures, head to the epic Musée des Confluences and Le Sucre, a buzzing club and events space in a former sugar warehouse.