If you like markets, eating, drinking and taking pictures, then you really need to make sure that Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse is part of your travel itinerary for Lyon. With fifty stalls offering a wide range of products, from saucisson to seafood, from candied fruits to cake, from snails to quails (probably), you’re bound to find something interesting to tempt you.
The market was originally opened in 1859, but only moved to its current location, a 15-minute walk from Lyon Part-Dieu train station, in 1971. As with many 70s buildings, the exterior is a little unprepossessing, but make your way through the doors and you’ll see what the fuss is all about.
Markets are some of my favourite things about France. Be they open air village markets held once a week, or covered daily markets like this one, it’s great to spend time somewhere that values traditional methods of food sale and doesn’t just rely on chain stores.
If you’re not really the cooking type, you needn’t feel like there’s nothing for you here. French markets are great places to pick up freshly prepared meals or snacks, ranging from a nice moussaka to a quiche for lunch. It’s like a supermarket where super means good, rather than big.
During our visit we found a great restaurant to sit down and enjoy a delicious burger and a refreshing glass of white wine. The perfect end to our trip to Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse.
Have you ever been to Lyon? What were the highlights for you?