If you love food, then you will love Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse for this is truly foodie heaven. Just slightly out of the centre where we were staying but easy to navigate, this indoor food market boasts nearly 60 traders, selling local products, and all wanting to talk about ingredients, food and wine. Sigh.
There’s everything here as you might expect as Lyon is France’s gastronomic heartland. The numerous butchers stores were extremely popular, as were the fish stands.
Look at the way these dishes are prepared – no wonder the French eat so well. They are definitely crafted with love, coupled with a savvy recognition as to what will appeal to a salivating customer!
It was cheese however that I was after and I headed, on good advice, over to the shop of Mons Fromages and was hailed immediately in English. With the language issue put to one side, I was told about the different cheeses on display with the assurance of someone who had personally visited the cheese-maker.
He had, of course and this is what sets it apart. These people are all so very knowledgeable about what they are selling and can tell you the cheese-marker’s name, where they live … and probably, what their cows ate and what secret ingredients were included. Unbelievable.
I walked away – quite reluctantly as I could has stayed there all day listening to stories about the cheeses and nibbling on little samples – with ten different cheeses from the region – all individually shrink-wrapped ready for travel.
En route to the exit however, my eye was taken with a Christmas display and with that festival coming up fast, how perfect these little chocolate novelties would be for little rug-rats’ stockings.
Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse is a true gourmet paradise for anyone interested in gastronomy – therefore, I count it as a must-visit for people like me!
I travelled as a guest of Rhône-Alpes Tourisme. Follow Rhône-Alpes Tourisme on Facebook/Rhône-Alpes Tourisme and on twitter: @ExperienceRA.
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