You know that a market in the gastronomical capital of France is going to be good. I just didn’t realize how good Les Halles de Lyon would be.
In spite of having eaten a full breakfast I had easily nibbled my way through a second one by 10:30 with all the sampling I did at the market formally named Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. The market is named as a tribute to Paul Bocuse who not only is an incredible chef, but is also one of the most famous Frenchmen in the world! Before he became famous he used to do his shopping at local markets and in alleys stopping by at his favorite suppliers.
I loved this cheese even before I tried it. It’s produced from one farmer and from one herd of cows which all have names and roam freely in the mountains. All together now…awwwwwww. Upon tasting it I immediately decided that happy cows = incredible cheese and bought as much as I could fit in my carry on bag. The idea was that I would savor it, eating it slowly while reflecting of my time in Lyon when I was back in Munich. My reflection time didn’t even last 3 days and I growled at my poor husband whenever he reached for a slice. This cheese is too good to share!
The most surprising thing I learned from my visit to Les Halles de Lyon is that there are endangered cheeses, like these ones from Lyon! So save a dying species of cheese and buy, buy, buy!
I’m far from being a gourmet, which I think you’d really have to be to appreciate this cheese and yes it’s covered in mold!
This sauce is also a local speciality from Lyon and Isabelle a local highly recommended it.
There are also two types of local sausage local to Lyon. I bought this one. It only lasted 2 days in my house before it was all gone because….my husband ate it all, yeah that’s it. OK, OK, it’s because it tasted so good that I ate it all – guilty as charged! Try it and you’ll understand that it’s an easy crime to commit!
Finally, I made my way over to the chocolate display, some of the prettiest chocolates I have ever seen. Naturally I brought some of them home as well. Unfortunately chocolate this pretty does not take nicely to being cramped in a purse. It arrived in pieces – which I ate anyway:
I love visiting markets, but I have to say that I enjoyed Les Halles de Lyon even more than the Market in Rome, more than the famous Boqueria in Barcelona and even more than Viktualien Market in Munich where I live. Les Halles de Lyon is more upscale and as the French would say irrésistible! But be warned the delicacies are so tasty that it makes sharing difficult!
Know Before You Go to Les Halles de Lyon:
- Les Halles de Lyon is open Monday – Saturday from 7:00 am-10:00 pm and on Sunday from 7:00 am-12:00 pm.
- It is located at 102 Cours Lafayette.
- You can eat a meal there at numerous stalls or try lunch or dinner at Lyon’s Only Allergen-Free Restaurant, which I also highly recommend.
Thank you to Rhône-Alpes Tourisme for introducing me to Les Halles de Lyon. As always all opinions expressed are my own.