Les Halles de Lyon: Gourmet Paradise

cheese display at Les Halles de Lyon, France

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.
Beaufort D'Alpage cheese at Les Halles de Lyon, France
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!

An endangered blue cheese at the Les Halles de Lyon, France

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!

Moldy cheeses, only for gourmets at Les halles de Lyon, France
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!

 Sauce Nantua is a local speciality of Lyon
This sauce is also a local speciality from Lyon and Isabelle a local highly recommended it.

 local sausage from Lyon
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!

 small pretty chocolates at Les Halles de Lyon in France
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:

some of the prettiest chocolate balls I've ever seen

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.


    • says

      @Zhu – I spent over 30 minutes sampling different cheeses and trying to decide what to bring back to Munich – wish I would have brought a bigger suitcase.

  1. says

    Oh my, this market looks heavenly!

    I have the same problem with yummy cheese, sausage, and chocolates disappearing in my house. I usually blame Emma (the dog) when Tim comes home and asks where cheese/sausage/chocolate is.

    • says

      @Jennifer – Good idea, which I would have thought of that, especially since our nickname for one of our cats is “The Gourmet”, he definitely appreciates the finer things in life :)

  2. says

    Sorry, since I don’t like chocolate, no I hate chocolate and I’m not big on cheese — my cheese and chocolate friends adore me — I’d head straight for the sausages. What kind of sausages were they?
    I love that the cows roam free. I’d stopped eating beef in the States but since I’ve been here, I’ve been buying from a butcher who sells only grass-fed cows and I really love it. It tastes different — the texture is different and it’s more flavorful and more tender. If I hadn’t bought it myself, I wouldn’t have known it was beef.

  3. says

    Lol, I’ve never heard of endangered cheese before! Thanks so much for sharing your travels and experiences… I can’t say I’d try the moldy cheese though, heh – 😀

  4. says

    What a wonderful post. Endangered cheeses! What a thought. Indeed, we must all work together to protect these various species. Thank you for a thoroughly wonderful read, a feast for the eyes and the stomach. I too love visiting markets, both large and small. When my husband rolls his eyes at yet another market walk, I remind him that it could be worse – I could be a jewelry freak!

    This is my first visit to your site. I saw your post on Italian Notes, and clicked on your name. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

  5. says

    Mmmm chocolate and cheese…
    My love of chocolate is famous, but now for my love of cheese…
    When I still lived at home we would regularly have ‘cheese evenings’ on Sundays. My mom would prepare a big cheese dish with baguettes, they would have some wine (I dronk drink wine, don’t shoot me) and we would eat and drink around the small table in our living room in front of the tv. The cheese would just stay there for about two hours so anyone who wanted another bite could get some more…
    Aaaah cheese:)

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