A trip to Lyon is just not complete without visiting the famous indoor market, named after the greatest of French chefs, Paul Bocuse. The Halles Centrales de Lyon has a place in the heart of all Lyonnais and all lovers of fine food too. Initially installed at the heart of the city, the indoor market was moved in the 1970s to a light building in the Part-Dieu district. It is an absolute must for anyone wishing to tickle their taste buds in the capital of gastronomy. In fact with 13,500m² surface area spread over 3 floors and no less than 48 different firms, Les Halles are a gourmet village at the heart of the « Capital of the Gauls ». Emblematic and eclectic, the temple of ‘la bonne cuisine lyonnaise’ is more suitable for couples than families with its brasseries, stands and stalls.
Speciality foods from Lyon
As you go into the Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse, you really feel you are entering the ‘holy of holies’ where gastronomy is concerned. It harbours the excellence and flavours of the gourmet soul of Lyon in a relaxed, chic atmosphere. It would be difficult to find its equivalent elsewhere in France. The Halles champions a certain idea of Cuisine Lyonnaise which can be found at the counter of one of the Bouchons Lyonnais like Maison Rousseau. Gourmets can follow their noses to Mère Richard, a veritable institution specialised in maturing Saint-Marcellin cheese. As well as exceptional local charcuterie, quenelles and ‘brioches pralinées’, the Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse is also renowned for the quality of its seafood. Connoisseurs prefer to eat it early in the morning to make the most of the freshness of the products. There’s nothing like a basket of oysters washed down with a very cold Aligoté to start the day !